Not just for your car's paint, a clay bar and some RO work great on glass.
Thanks so much!! I just got two old tanks for about $95. both are heavily crusted with gunk and calcium. I was worried about how I was going to clean thme. I stumbled across this post and I just about jumped with excitement. My wife loves lemons and lemon juice. we always have some around the house. What a GREAT tip! Thanks!Several years ago I was given an aquarium that had severe hard water stains. I mean it was tough to look through. This tank had literally sat half full in someone’s garage until all of the water had evaporated. But I figured that I could make it presentable by using some of my standard tricks (like vinegar). Well, this ended up being tougher than I thought. I wiped, scrubbed, and ultimately used a few things that I would not recommend (CLR and much harsher), considering what this tank would soon become home to. I never did get the glass very clear, but I made it into a viv anyway.
Fast-forward a few years (to a couple of days ago). The tank is well planted with happy inhabitants, very stable and has been for a couple of years. But when I looked at the nice clear glass of my other vivs, I began to think about breaking this one down.
So this past weekend, I was cleaning the water stained leaves of an orchid that I had just purchased using freshly- squeezed lemon juice. I’ve had done this for years to clean stained, thick-leaved plants that I acquire from careless nurseries. Then it hit me! I have no idea why I didn’t try this before!
I dipped a cotton ball into the bowl of lemon juice, squeezed out the excess, and wiped the inside of the still badly stained viv, and then I wiped it with a moist paper towel and then a dry one. Guess what?
It #@*! SPARKLES!!!
A lot of you may have already known about this, but for those who didn’t, I hope it helps!
There is no guarantee that it won't happen with spring water as the phrase spring water is not regulated and in fact a number of companies sell tap water as bottled spring water. You may be using a brand with less dissolved minerals in it or due to how you are caring for the tank, getting less deposits.Question though. Obviously the stains are caused by hard water, but wouldnt it be a bit easier in the long run to just use spring water? I only use that and I have never had any problems with scaling and such. Is there a benefit to using hard water or is it just a cost concern?
Thankyou so much for this suggestion. I tried the Lemon, Coke, and Vinigar. I even threw some baking soda in for good measure. Nothing worked. Finally i tried the cooktop cleaner, and I didnt even scrub long. I'll probably try the lemon on a cotton ball for quick clean ups after its planted and the frog is settled in. Thanks again for the tip.