Calcium/Hard Water build up

On colored grout in shower.  How to remove??? Nothing beyond complete removal of grout seems to actually work.  Don't want to hear about vinegar, baking soda home solutions.  What u got OG?  

Buy CLR from home depot.

 

And install a poly ortho phosphate canister at your house so you dont have this problem in the future.

In also. Clr doesn't do shit. I'm guessing some kind of acid but what and where? 5 years of soap build up and hard water has my stone shower floor looking terrible. Tried clr, nope. Bleach. Nope. Am planning to tear up and start over unless someone has a miracle cure.

joesonshuevos - In also. Clr doesn't do shit. I'm guessing some kind of acid but what and where? 5 years of soap build up and hard water has my stone shower floor looking terrible. Tried clr, nope. Bleach. Nope. Am planning to tear up and start over unless someone has a miracle cure.

It's like the one thing that doesn't have a fix, nothing at all works...ever.  Will continue the fight and hope to find the cure or will die tryin.  

Even searching the internets provides zero actual results.  YouTube...nope, the google...nope, bing it and nope. 

 

And the entire time the wife just gives me that 'you're lazy and full of excuses look'.

Midway, you mad correct yo. I once spent half of hour with a brillo scrubbing with clr. It laughed at me. Plugged the drain. Let it sit half the day using more clr. More ridicule from the scum. Hence, why I am removing it soon.

Magic eraser and windex. Then seal the stone. Takes a fuck ton of elbow grease but it works.

Two things might work. They also might etch the tile, so proceed with caution. Wear protective eyewear, make sure the room is well ventilated and wear long rubber gloves.

 

Phosphoric acid cleaner. You can get it at home depot or Lowe's, or any home improvement store, really. 

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Miracle-Sealants-32-oz-Fast-Acting-Phosphoric-Acid-Cleaner-CON-CLE-QT-SG/100672861

Muriatic acid. 

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Klean-Strip-1-gal-Green-Muriatic-Acid-GKGM75006/202690263

 

Use a soft bristled toothbrush, and test somewhere inconspicuous in case it etches or damages. Don't go full ham either, the goal is to remove a very, very thin layer of grout, then reseal. 

Also, don't be a phillistine in the future and keep your shower stall clean, ya filthy savage. 

I will give it a try but I am looking forward to fucking it up with a small sledge. Maybe then it will learn its lesson. U gonna try it op?

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Also, don't be a phillistine in the future and keep your shower stall clean, ya filthy savage. 

This I will follow.  

joesonshuevos - I will give it a try but I am looking forward to fucking it up with a small sledge. Maybe then it will learn its lesson. U gonna try it op?

I'm getting close.  I will also record, post on YouTube as the correct way to remove this evil s$&@.

You can get rid of it with CLR or simply lemon juice BUT it will come back(calcium carbonate scaling).. Sounds like you have a hard water problem.. If that's the case then ignorant water treatment "specialists" will tell you to buy a softener.. Don't listen to them.. Softeners work via ion exchange. They remove calcium and magnesium ions and exhcnage them for salt ions which will lead to higher corrosion rates in your piping system... Over time if you drink that water, the extra salt with lead to health problems(high blood pressure and calcium deficient bones) and corroded pipes(iron pitting). Your best bet is to get a conditoning system that will change the crystalline structure of the hard water ions.. You'd still get the benefit of drinking hard water(which is good for the human body) but without the corrosion and health problems .

I work in water treamtment chemical sales(industrial and residential/commerical applications).. I know more about the field than I care to..

For the last time, clr doesn't work. Jesus.

Look into bead blasting

tajmills - You can get rid of it with CLR or simply lemon juice BUT it will come back(calcium carbonate scaling).. Sounds like you have a hard water problem.. If that's the case then ignorant water treatment "specialists" will tell you to buy a softener.. Don't listen to them.. Softeners work via ion exchange. They remove calcium and magnesium ions and exhcnage them for salt ions which will lead to higher corrosion rates in your piping system... Over time if you drink that water, the extra salt with lead to health problems(high blood pressure and calcium deficient bones) and corroded pipes(iron pitting). Your best bet is to get a conditoning system that will change the crystalline structure of the hard water ions.. You'd still get the benefit of drinking hard water(which is good for the human body) but without the corrosion and health problems .

I work in water treamtment chemical sales(industrial and residential/commerical applications).. I know more about the field than I care to..

Exactly.  I already told him to get a system to add a poly ortho phosphate. It's also much cheaper than a water softener.

tajmills - You can get rid of it with CLR or simply lemon juice BUT it will come back(calcium carbonate scaling).. Sounds like you have a hard water problem.. If that's the case then ignorant water treatment "specialists" will tell you to buy a softener.. Don't listen to them.. Softeners work via ion exchange. They remove calcium and magnesium ions and exhcnage them for salt ions which will lead to higher corrosion rates in your piping system... Over time if you drink that water, the extra salt with lead to health problems(high blood pressure and calcium deficient bones) and corroded pipes(iron pitting). Your best bet is to get a conditoning system that will change the crystalline structure of the hard water ions.. You'd still get the benefit of drinking hard water(which is good for the human body) but without the corrosion and health problems .

I work in water treamtment chemical sales(industrial and residential/commerical applications).. I know more about the field than I care to..

What type of system would you recommend?

Higher concentration heavy duty vinegar will work.

Just pour and wait 24 hours 

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tajmills - You can get rid of it with CLR or simply lemon juice BUT it will come back(calcium carbonate scaling).. Sounds like you have a hard water problem.. If that's the case then ignorant water treatment "specialists" will tell you to buy a softener.. Don't listen to them.. Softeners work via ion exchange. They remove calcium and magnesium ions and exhcnage them for salt ions which will lead to higher corrosion rates in your piping system... Over time if you drink that water, the extra salt with lead to health problems(high blood pressure and calcium deficient bones) and corroded pipes(iron pitting). Your best bet is to get a conditoning system that will change the crystalline structure of the hard water ions.. You'd still get the benefit of drinking hard water(which is good for the human body) but without the corrosion and health problems .

I work in water treamtment chemical sales(industrial and residential/commerical applications).. I know more about the field than I care to..

What type of system would you recommend?




Get a salt-free water softener... A couple of different companies sell them... While technically they are not softeners(because they don't remove the hard water molecules(calcium and magnesium) they will change the structure so that they cannot clump together... GOOGLE is your friend... Just search for "salt-free water softeners"... I don't want to recommend any company over another because I've worked for several different companies in the past and I don't think this is the place to endorse one over another..

They add phosphate to bind to the minerals and keep them in solution.