Water Stains

Removing water stains from carpets made with synthetic fibres (nylon, polypropylene etc)

  1. Mix a solution of half water and half white vinegar. Because the vinegar is acidic, it will neutralize the alkalinity of the sediment that is making the water stain.
  2. Dampen a clean terry towel with the solution
  3. Rub the towel gently over the stained area. You need to get the tips of the carpet fibres wet, but not soak the carpet itself
  4. Allow the carpet to dry. The stain should be gone or, at least, reduced. If the stain is reduced but still noticeable, repeat the process until the stain is gone. Allow the carpet to dry between each application.

From carpets made with natural fibres

Warning: Water stains on natural fibres may result in ‘cellulosic browning’, a stain that can only be removed by a professional carpet cleaning technician.

Removing water stains from chrome

  1. Try using white vinegar and warm water, or:
  2. Use several drops of dishwasher rinse on a fabric softener sheet (i.e., Bounce). Apply to the chrome in a circular pattern. Cover the affected area several times.

Rinse and repeat. Use a wet paper towel to rinse off the chrome. Use a dry paper towel or a microfiber cloth to dry and buff the fixture. If the shine has not returned, repeat the process until satisfied.

Removing water stains from concrete

  1. Using a hose, rinse the concrete with water and allow to dry
  2. Pour white vinegar over the stain. Let this sit for about an hour.
  3. Scrub the stained area with a scrubbing brush and rinse. If the stain is still there, repeat steps 2 and 3.

Removing water stains from fabric

  1. Dampen the entire stained area with water and allow it to air dry
  2. Hold the stained area of fabric over steam from a boiling kettle or pot, or
  3. Hold the stained area of fabric over steam from a boiling kettle or pot, or
  4. Dampen the stained area with water and iron the stain away (if the fabric allows ironing). Read the manufacturer’s label before proceeding, or
  5. Apply Borax to the stain and rub gently with a cloth. This works on seats in vehicles, or
  6. Rub the stain gently with a cloth dipped in vinegar. Rinse the stained area in cool water and allow it to dry.

Remove water stains from glass using vinegar and baking soda

  1. Make a paste using vinegar and baking soda. The paste should not scratch the glass, but start in a small, inconspicuous spot just to make sure.
  2. Apply the paste to the stains using a scrubbing sponge in a circular motion. Work the stain while applying this paste and allow it to sit for 5 minutes
  3. Wipe off the paste with a damp towel and remove excess water with a squeegee. Your hard water stain(s) should be removed. If your stains have been sitting for several years, you may need to further clean your glass.
  4. Apply a cream hob cleaner to the remaining hard water stains in a circular motion with a scrubbing sponge. Allow the hob cleaner to dry for 15 minutes.

Removing water stains from wooden floors

  1. Thoroughly clean the floor area all around the stain with denatured alcohol.
  2. Using 150-grit sandpaper and an orbital sander, sand away the top layer of the stained wood. (The water will actually have gone right into the wood so you’ll need to get rid of the entire grey colour).
  3. Move the sander gently around on the floor and let the sandpaper do the work. You don’t want to press too hard or you could create sanding marks on the wood.
  4. Soak a lint-free cloth with mineral spirits and use it to wipe up all the dust on the floor.
  5. Using a natural bristle paintbrush, apply the polyurethane finish. Start at one side of the sanded patch and spread the poly in one direction only.
  6. Allow this first coat of poly to dry thoroughly (overnight is best) and lightly touch up the finish by hand with the 220-grit sandpaper.
  7. Wipe up any dust and apply a second coat of poly, then allow it to dry thoroughly before walking on the floor.

Removing water stains from leather

The problem with a water spot on leather is the outline left when the water dries. Here’s what you can do to remove this line.

  1. Lightly wet the entire cushion or area with room temperature water and a sponge that hasn’t been used much. We don’t want to put any more spots on the leather.
  2. Soak the sponge, then wring it thoroughly. It needs to be as dry as possible.
  3. Start at the water spot and work your way outward. Be careful not to scrub, we just want to moisten the leather. The goal is to have the moisture lessen the farther you get from the spot.
  4. Let the leather dry. It is best to treat it with Saddle Soap or some other leather treatment as the water tends to dry it out.

Removing water stains from silk

  1. Check the colour fastness of the silk item. Choose an inner seam that cannot be seen from the outside of the item. Dampen the fabric lightly with water and then run a soft, white cloth over the area that was treated. If colour comes off on the cloth, don’t proceed further. Take the item to the dry cleaner.
  2. Treat the silk item using the simplest method first (see step 3). If that doesn’t work, continue with subsequent steps.
  3. Blot the stain gently with a sponge dipped in water with a hint of detergent that is safe for fragile fabrics.
  4. Soak the silk item for 10 to 15 minutes in lukewarm water with a small amount of detergent that is safe for fragile fabrics. Rinse with cold water and lay flat on a towel to dry. Check to see if the stain still exists. If so, move on to the next step.
  5. Mix together a solution of lukewarm water, 1/3 cup of a detergent made for fragile fabrics and 1tsp white vinegar. With a damp (not wet) sponge, blot the area on and around the stain. Rinse the item in cold water and lay flat on a towel to dry. Check to see if the stain still exists. If so, move on to the next step.
  6. Wet the silk item in lukewarm water. Blot a small amount of glycerine into the stained area and let it sit for about ½ hour. Rinse in cool water and lay flat on a towel to dry. Check to see if the stain still exists. If so, it’s time to take the garment to a dry cleaner.

Removing water stains from stainless steel

  1. When cleaning any stainless steel appliances in the kitchen, wipe them down as normal with a damp cloth
  2. Then use a piece of kitchen towel with a little baby oil and wipe down the surface. You can also use baby wipes, but this way is more expensive.
  3. As we live in a hard water area, this is a top tip to know. It brings your stainless steel up lovely.

This tip was given to me by my client Trina Kapur. I must say, I tried it and it works, I couldn’t believe it! I now have nice, shiny stainless steel.

Removing water stains from windows

  1. Make a paste using vinegar and baking soda. The paste should not scratch the glass, but start in a small, inconspicuous spot just to make sure.
  2. Apply the paste to the stains using a scrubbing sponge in a circular motion. Work the stain while applying this paste and allow it to sit for 5 minutes.
  3. Wipe off the paste with a damp towel and remove excess water with a squeegee. Your hard water stain(s) should be removed. If your stains have been sitting for several years, you may need to further clean your glass.
  4. Apply a cream hob cleaner to the remaining hard water stains in a circular motion with a scrubbing sponge. Allow the hob cleaner to dry for 15 minutes.
  5. Buff the dried hob cleaner with a towel. Your glass will now be free of hard water deposits. You will need to repeat this process once every six months to keep your glass free of hard water build-up.

Removing water stains from wood

  1. Apply a small amount of non-gel toothpaste to a damp, clean, lint-free cloth
  2. Rub toothpaste over the water spot
  3. Remove film with a clean, damp cloth
  4. Dry with a clean, dry cloth
  5. Polish