How To Remove Silica Buildup on Toilets & Glass Shower Doors

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How To Remove Silica Buildup on Toilets & Glass Shower Doors
A variety of minerals are found in water. (water drop and water rings image by glgec from Fotolia.com)

Minerals are naturally found in the water in your home. These minerals, such as calcium and silica, can build up in your toilet and on your glass shower door, creating a film that is difficult to remove. Silica is one of the materials found in sand and quartz. Removing silica from your toilet and glass shower doors is a difficult process, but it is not impossible. If the first method you try does not remove the silica build-up, simply move on to another method.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Hard mineral chemical remover
  • Toilet bowl scrubber
  • White vinegar
  • TSP
  • Sponge
  • Spray bottle
  • Bucket

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Flush the toilet and allow it to fill with clean water. Pour a hard mineral chemical remover down the sides of the toilet bowl. Scrub the toilet bowl with your toilet scrubber. Flush the toilet to rinse the bowl. Repeat the process if needed.

  2. 2

    Flush the toilet and allow it to fill with clean water.. Pour 1 gallon of white vinegar into the toilet bowl. Make sure the contents fill past the silica build-up. Allow the vinegar to sit in the toilet bowl for 1 hour. During this time, do not allow anyone to use the toilet. Scrub the toilet with your toilet scrubber. Flush the toilet to rinse the bowl.

  3. 3

    Flush the toilet and allow it to fill with clean water. Add 4 tsp of trisodium phosphate (TSP) to the water. Swish the water and TSP together with a toilet bowl scrubber. Scrub the silica build-up with the scrubber and TSP-water mixture. Allow the mixture to loosen the build-up for 1 hour. During this time, do not allow anyone to use the toilet. Scrub the toilet bowl with the scrubber vigorously to remove the loosened silica build-up. Flush the toilet to rinse it clean.

  1. 1

    Apply a hard mineral chemical remover to a sponge. Scrub the glass shower door with the sponge. Add more hard mineral chemical remover if necessary and continue scrubbing until the silica build-up is removed. Rinse the shower door with cool water.

  2. 2

    Fill a spray bottle with white vinegar. Liberally spray the glass shower doors with the vinegar. Scrub the shower doors with a clean cloth. Spray the doors once again with the vinegar. Allow the vinegar to sit on the shower doors for 5 to 10 minutes. Scrub the doors clean with a cloth and rinse with cool water.

  3. 3

    Fill a bucket with 1 gallon of water. Add 4 tsp of trisodium phosphate (TSP). Submerge a sponge in the mixture. Thoroughly scrub the glass shower doors until you have removed all traces of the silica build-up. Rinse the glass shower doors with cool water.

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