Things You Will Need
- White vinegar
- Spray bottle
Although water spots may seem harmless and just unsightly, they can actually cause damage to glass and painted surfaces. If left long enough, the minerals contained in water can harm surfaces, especially if the surface gets hot.
Water spots on a car left in the sun can actually cause etching of the paint and glass. Fortunately, they are easy to remove if treated quickly.
You can purchase specialty products for the job or save money by using some white vinegar. Vinegar will work on all kinds of glass, metal and painted surfaces.
- Make a solution of 1-part white vinegar and 1-part water. Fill the spray bottle with this solution.
- Spray the spotted surface with the vinegar and water solution. If you are spraying a vehicle, move it into the shade and let it cool down. If you are removing spots from windows, wait until the sun is not shining on them. Water spots are much harder to remove from hot surfaces.
- Wipe the wet surface with a clean, soft cloth. It may take a little rubbing, but in most cases this process will remove water spots from all kinds of surfaces. This includes paint, glass and stainless steel.
- Rub a solution of vinegar and water on tile surfaces to remove water film and spotting. If the spots do not remove easily, use full-strength vinegar and allow it to stand on the surface. Rub with the sponge. Follow this by wiping dry with a clean cloth.
- Treat dishes the same as other surfaces. First, spray them with a vinegar and water solution. Rub them dry with a clean cloth. If the spots persist, try soaking the dishes in the solution for an hour, then rub them dry.
- Clean water spots from stainless steel sinks and appliances by spraying them with vinegar, then rubbing with a dry cloth until the spots disappear. If the spots are stubborn, repeat the process.
If the water spots are hard to remove, spray the surface with full-strength white vinegar or soak paper towels in vinegar and place them on the areas with deposits. Allow the vinegar to sit on the surface for 10 minutes to an hour, depending on how difficult the spots are to remove. Rub with a clean, dry cloth to remove the spots.
Never mix vinegar with chlorine bleach, as the combination releases poisonous gas. If you use vinegar on painted surfaces, especially cars, you may need to wax the area afterward.