Asked on Jan 13, 2020

How do I clean this water film off a glass vessel bowl sink?

Trang NguyenDDTeresa


I just moved into a new home. The home has 3 of these glass vessel bowl sinks and all of them look cloudy with a water film. I have tried CLR, White Vingar, a cleaner/degreased, Mr. Clean eraser, Zep, and scrubbing bubbles. Nothing is touching this. They should be so pretty, but they look cloudy and gross. Please help.

12 answers
  • Peggy Burnette
    on Jan 13, 2020

    Hi Ardie, sorry you are having problems cleaning these beautiful sinks. I read this article and there is lots of good information about cleaning and maintenance of these sinks. Hope this helps you, they are beautiful. Vessel Sink Maintenance: A Guide to Proper Care and Cleaning

    1. › 2019/01/22 › vessel-sink-maintenance

    Jan 22, 2019 - But whether they're glass, marble or stone, vessel sinks need to be cared for properly. ... “These spots arise when calcium and magnesium in the water react with ... can often be removed by cleaning with an appropriate cleaning product ... This haze is essentially a film on the surface of the stone, due to the ...

  • William
    on Jan 13, 2020

    Seems like you have tried everything. It's possible the mineral deposits may have etched the glass or any harsh cleaners. They may be permanent. Only solution i have is to use auto polishing compound not rubbing compound. Has super fine powder grit in it. Another option is to try white toothpaste and a damp green kitchen scrubby. Toothpaste has fine marble powder in it. Then use some auto paste wax to shed water.

  • Cindy
    on Jan 13, 2020

    Begin by mixing equal amounts of white vinegar and distilled water in a spray bottle. Shake the spray bottle at least 20 to 30 seconds to mix the two ingredients. Then spray this mixture on the interior surface of your glass sink. Wait 2 or 3 minutes and then soak a piece of No. 0000 steel wool with your solution. Scrub the inside of the sink with the steel wool. And then dry the sink with a lint-free towel. I hope this helps you. Good luck.

  • Jan Clark
    on Jan 13, 2020

    I'm thinking William is on the money. The surface has been compromised by previous cleaning agents. You will need to resurface these beautiful pieces with a clear non-toxic material and then keep them clean without harming the surface. Do some research and remember that everything you do to fix this is an investment, not a trial. Cheers!

  • Karina
    on Jan 13, 2020

    Oxalic acid will easily take the film off of the glass for you & it can be found in Barkeepers Friend. It comes in a powder, liquid (close to a paste-like consistency) and spray. I would try the spray, personally, but any should be fine. It shouldn't even require any elbow grease but don't leave it sitting too long as I believe there could be a possibility of etching or damage to the glass if not rinsed within a reasonable amount of time. I've never had that happen but it seems like I read that somewhere back when I first used it for my windows.

    *Footnote: This is how I remove the hard water build up from the outside of my windows where I can't keep the sprinklers from hitting them. It also removes the orange residue the sprinklers leave on my white light post in the front yard & the PVC fencing around my AC unit on the side of the house. Would work on vinyl siding as well! Works like a charm every time!!

  • Simple Nature Decor
    on Jan 16, 2020

    this is a great video for cleaning vessel sinks

  • Kmdreamer
    on Jan 18, 2020

    Maybe try a granite cleaner that should clean the film out

  • Teresa
    on Jan 18, 2020

    Anything used for cleaning glass-top cooking stoves should work, ie., cooktop cleaning creme, toothpaste, Barr cleanser.

  • DD
    on Jan 19, 2020

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  • Trang Nguyen
    on Apr 25, 2020

    I used WD 40, scrubbed it with a piece of 3M Wetordry sandpaper P600. It works . Hope you try it.

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