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Hard water spots on new dark countertops

Post in 'DIY and General non-hearth advice' started by wahoowad, Apr 4, 2011.

  1. wahoowad

    wahoowad Minister of Fire

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    I'm currently shopping for new countertops to replace my 25 year old Formica counters. This is not a fancy house so will be sticking with mid-grade counters and shopping at Lowes/Home Depot kind of places. Right now we're leaning towards some darker styles and it has me thinking about the hard water spots I get everywhere. I am on a neighborhood well system and every water drop leaves a little white mark when it dries. It is not permanent but can become unsightly and can build up in certain places like around my sinkside dish dryer, etc. I'm wondering if anybody has had the same issue and if darker counters are just going to frustrate me?

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  2. nate379

    nate379 Guest

    You need to get a water softener.

    Water spots on the counter are the least of your worries. Hard water is tough on all appliances. Clothes washer, toilets, sinks/showers, water heater, boiler, dishwasher, etc.
  3. woodchip

    woodchip Minister of Fire

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    I agree, water spots on counters are a sign that things might be really bad on things out of site, like inside your pipes.

    Quickest way to clear water stains is with something acid, but inside pipes, the only way is a water softener, which makes the water slightly acidic.

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