If you have a home that is filled with big bay windows, the last thing that you want to see on them are hard water stains. Yet the reality is that as mineral deposits begin to settle onto the panes, it can leave behind white or hazy-looking spots that are pretty challenging to remove if you’re only going to use a commercial window cleaning like Windex.

So, what do you do when you happen to notice hard water stains on your windows? That’s a good question. Below are five tips that can get your windows looking crystal clear in just a matter of moments:

Make a cleaning solution. The first thing that you should do is to make a cleaning solution to put into a small spray bottle. Mix one part distilled white vinegar and one part water. Put both into the bottle and shake the solution. Then spray it directly onto your hard water stains.

Allow the solution to set. In order to break down the stains, you’re going to need to allow the solution to sit for about 15-20 minutes. That provides time for the acetic acid in the vinegar to dissolve into the stains. Then you can use a soft-bristle brush to remove the mineral deposits.

Wipe down the glass. Once you notice that the stains are starting to go away, you should use a damp sponge in order to effectively remove the cleaner residue. You can then dry the glass with another clean soft cloth. For minor hard water stains, this should make your windows look sparkling clean.

Use a mild abrasive solution. Say that you went to a place like Imaging Sciences in order to get a decorative window and after using the vinegar and water solution, you notice that there are still some stains on it. There is another approach that you can take in order to remove water stains. You can make a mild abrasive solution out of table salt and baking soda. Start by putting equal parts into a small container and then add a bit of water in order to make a pasty formula (one that’s similar to toothpaste). First, wet the window with the vinegar and water solution. Then dip a clean sponge into the solution and move it in a firm circular motion until the stain disappears.

Rinse and dry. The final step to the cleaning process is to rinse your window. Make sure that you use lukewarm clean water so that your windows will rinse clean. Rinse it until the water runs clear and dry it with a soft, clean cloth. In most instances, following these steps are what will remove hard water stains from your windows. However, if you still notice some on your panes, there are some commercial products on the market that are also effective. Some of the more popular ones are Spot-X Hard Water Stain & Spot Remover and A-MAZ Water Stain Remover. For more information on both cleaners, go to your favorite search engine and put either cleaning product in the search field.