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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-21-2013, 10:37 PM Thread Starter
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hard water/calcium buildup, how to remove?

I have always used the vinegar, hot water and elbow grease tactic, but on this 5.5 gal Ive got its on there good. IS there any other way? Just wondering.
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Depending on what parts you're using it in, I always had luck with espresso machine cleaner on the outside of filters and out of water elements. Just needs to soak for a bit.

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Soda, like Coke is very acidic.
Lemon juice.
Citric acid crystals (grocery store, sold as 'Sour Salt')

Here is what worked best when I tried several methods:
WEAR GLOVES! like the heavy duty dish washing gloves.

Scrape off whatever is loose with a razor or other tools.

Wet the remaining white stuff with lemon juice.
Sprinkle on citric acid crystals.
Cover the area with a paper towel soaked in lemon juice.
Let it soak about 15-30 minutes, wetting the paper towel as needed.
Scrape as much off as will come off with a razor.

Repeat.

Other materials: Use with care, read the instructions about safety equipment like goggles and gloves.
CLR = Calcium, Lime & Rust remover, available in hardware stores.
Muriatic acid, a swimming pool product.

Rinse any of these well.
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thank you much!
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If it's a empty tank then CLR. The stuff is amazing, even for carpet stains which i learned yesterday lol Use a cloth though, not one of those chain store glass cleaners, i think they can easily scratch the glass via experience after a little use.

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Mr Clean magic erasers work great on my glass top.


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