Asked on Jul 19, 2017

How can I get this hard water stain off my lead crystal vase?

by Ann
This is an old lead crystal vase my mother-in-law gave me. I have tried vinegar, Lemi Shine, Bon Ami, jewelry cleaner, no name it. I am afraid it is ruined forever. I would appreciate any suggestions.
  34 answers
  • Mamamia Mamamia on Jul 19, 2017

    Try vinegar and baking soda, then swish with a soft brush, or maybe denture tablets in water might help. We have very hard where here in Tx.

  • Pat Pat on Jul 19, 2017

    I believe someone said you could use one of the denture tablets and not sure.

  • C. D. Scallan C. D. Scallan on Jul 19, 2017

    Have you tried denture tablets ?

  • Debbie Gadson Beres Debbie Gadson Beres on Jul 19, 2017

    use denture cleaning tablets with warm water and let sit for a couple of hours. should clean it.

  • Michele Pappagallo Michele Pappagallo on Jul 19, 2017

    If all else fails, try a little bit of CLR cleaner. It is made to remove lime, calcium and rust. Use just a little bit at a time to see the results...and be sure to wash the vase thoroughly after using it.

  • Christina Christina on Jul 19, 2017

    Denture tablets that you can buy at the 99cent store.

  • Helen Helen on Jul 19, 2017

    I agree with Michelle - CLR diluted with water and a rub with a washing up brush. Begin with a mild solution and build up if needed.

    To avoid damage, you could always try denture tablets first, then CLR if needed.

    Or - have you tried gently scouring the mark with a paste of bicarb & water and a soft cloth? Salt can work in the same way.

    All the best!

  • Anon Anon on Jul 19, 2017

    hmmm.. what about 50/50 rubbing alcohol and water?

  • Anon Anon on Jul 19, 2017

    I also agree with Helen about the baking soda paste, or the salt

  • Jan Davis Shultz Jan Davis Shultz on Jul 19, 2017

    I have used Lime Away.

  • Brian Ellis Brian Ellis on Jul 19, 2017

    I bet ya haven't heard this one. Use 8th cup table salt and a cup of ice cubes. swirl around until no more lime.

  • Ann Ann on Jul 19, 2017

    Lots of good suggestions...I'll give them a try and report back. I think I did try the CLR. I'll try the salt/ice. I've used that on coffee pots before. I read somewhere that sometimes glass gets "sick" and just won't come back. It feels smooth inside the vase which has me worried that there really isn't anything to scrub off.

  • Jason Walker Jason Walker on Jul 19, 2017

    coca cola and let sit for an hour

  • Darla Darla on Jul 19, 2017

    It could be that the glass is etched or scratched. In that case, I would try some automotive polishing compound, a soft cloth and a lot of elbow grease.

  • Bab Bab on Jul 19, 2017

    Put vinegar with a bit of liquid dish soap in, then swirl it around and around using uncooked rice as the abrasive.

  • Heather VanderBoog Heather VanderBoog on Jul 19, 2017

    A product called..... Enjo marble paste..can't beat it

  • Cheryl Cheryl on Jul 20, 2017

    Rust out best stuff

  • Sam4607472 Sam4607472 on Jul 20, 2017

    try CLR most places have it in the cleaning isle

  • Mary Mary on Jul 20, 2017

    did you put it in the dishwasher?i have heard that the cleaner for them will ruin the lead in crystal.what ever dont throw it away.too many ways to still make it pretty.coverthe etched part with class stain that cristalizes.then put same color rocks or flower petals &matching fish or flowers.they usethe stain to paint back of fish dish washer did that to my melamac dishes.they came out a bunch of times. nothing worked it didnt come off after several next guy said they are not made to wash plastic.this was a new after about 8 crazy answers i took a load of plastics,loaded them in a sack& took them where i bought the washer.didnt take long to get some mam put them back in sack pick out what you want to trade another more expensive m,ore problems.found out later the co was recalling them.guess i not only one.

    anyway sorry so long.maybe it gave you a little hope. mary abilene tx

  • Swan Road Designs Swan Road Designs on Jul 20, 2017

    I'd try CLR as has already been suggested. However, you said you used it with no success.

    In that case you may have what is termed "sick" glass, which is when minerals have etched into glass. Once the glass is sick there is little to no way to bring it back to its former clarity. You can rub and scrub with all sorts of potions but it will still remain cloudy.

  • Gretchen Williams Arrant Gretchen Williams Arrant on Jul 20, 2017

    I would put vinegar in it and let it set for awhile. Then wash with a soft cloth.

  • Bonocia Bonocia on Jul 22, 2017

    Use a Lemon

  • Den7881633 Den7881633 on Jul 26, 2017

    I used a Magic Eraser and it was amazing. I took it all off with the first wipe.

  • Mic25215485 Mic25215485 on Oct 23, 2017

    Bartenders Friend and it also takes knife marks on your white or light colored dinner plates!

  • Ann Ann on Oct 23, 2017

    did anything work? If so, which one did?

  • Kath Gaudenzi Kath Gaudenzi on Oct 23, 2017

    I see people suggested denture tablets. That's my go to solution.

  • Lisa Lisa on Oct 23, 2017

    Denture cleaner always works for me.

  • Ebbjdl Ebbjdl on Oct 27, 2017

    Take a chance with bleach. One tablespoon, and fill the rest with hot water, let it sit 2-3 hrs. Rinse then scrub w sponge, wash with dish detergent, rinse.ù

  • Lesley Pickering Lesley Pickering on Oct 27, 2017

    Try whitening toothpaste and a soft toothbrush

  • Wanda Wanda on Oct 27, 2017

    Lime a Way

  • Pat Ronalder Pat Ronalder on Dec 26, 2017

    Small amount of Bar Keepers Friend on a damp towel. Rub it on and rinse it off. If you missed a spot do it again. I use BKF for glass that get foggy like this. I also use it on stainless steel.

  • Susan Susan on Mar 13, 2018

    Hi! Have you tried Lemon Sudsy Ammonia? This ammonia has a little detergent in it and is safe to use on glassware and antique china and glass collectibles. It makes everything shiny. (But use regular ammonia for cleaning windows.) I would let your vase soak for hours or overnight, with this inside the vase. Or even several days. Just add the ammonia to warm water (see directions on bottle.) After soaking : then pour out the sudsy ammonia and gently with a soft toothbrush check to see if the stain is coming off. I would use a rubber mat in the sink, in case your vase slips, as the sudsy ammonia does make things slippery while you are rinsing.. I empty the dish pan and rinse it out, and hold the item in the dish pan while I rinse with cool water.

    I would try this several or more times it won't hurt the vase. Just be patient and know this is a little project that will take some time, but eventually the stain will release.

  • Fiddledd224 Fiddledd224 on Mar 13, 2018

    It may be etched - so cleaning won't work. You can try using an etching powder to break the etching down. You have nothing to lose.

  • Sally Jones Sally Jones on Aug 04, 2018

    Did anything work?? I am having the same issue inside a crystal vase with a long thin neck. I have tried hot soapy water, ammonia, vinegar, vinegar swizzled with rice, LimeAway - nothing works! Hard to wipe or scrub the inside but I can get a bottle brush to some areas.