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Old 03-23-2012, 01:03 AM   #1
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Default Cleaning hard water stains off windows

For those of you with hard water (mineral staining) buildup on your exterior glass I have discovered through a lot of trial & error that Bar Keepers Friend works well to remove it. It's completely non-abrasive so it won't scratch & it works fast without a lot of elbow grease. It's also dirt cheap. Your glass will look brand new. I just use a clean terry cloth wash rag to apply it, then rub in & rinse well. It is acidic so try not to get it on the paint or plastic window trim. You might find a residue after rinsing but it will wash off with soap & water. Usually I find it close to the abrasive cleaners like Comet.

The minerals that build up on the glass cause rain drops to cling & reduces visibility during the day & increases glare at night.

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Old 03-23-2012, 10:22 AM   #2
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Default Re: Cleaning hard water stains off windows

Thanks for the tip - I've considered Bar Keeper's (and a couple others) but have been reluctant to try it because I didn't think the label was all that clear on using on window glass.

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Old 03-23-2012, 12:33 PM   #3
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Default Re: Cleaning hard water stains off windows

Our dealer mentioned using BarKeeper's for cleaning scratches off the window several years back.
One would think the cleanser would be alkaline, not acidic.
Anyone know for sure?

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Old 03-23-2012, 02:38 PM   #4
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Default Re: Cleaning hard water stains off windows

It's oxalic acid:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bar_Keepers_Friend

My can says it's ok for glass cooktops.

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