attempting to do so in the future!
Continue reading to learn the secret to getting rid of toilet bowl mineral stains, and who to call for trusted toilet repair and replacement.
Toilet Bowl Stains
After sometime, a toilet bowl may start to show signs of staining, such as limescale, greenish stripes, brown rings, and even rust formation. So where do these stains come from? Are you doing something wrong in your cleaning regime? The answer is, “no.” It is something in your home’s water that is causing the stains to appear and then linger. Local water supplies contain hard mineral ions, like calcium, magnesium, and iron. These minerals, upon temperature changes and overtime, accumulate in and on plumbing fixtures in solid form called sediment.
Hard Water Removal
Hard water has several negative effects on home life, plumbing, finances, and hygiene. Water softening is the most effective method for eliminate hard mineral ions in your home’s water supply. Start by purchasing an at-home hard water test kit to measure the level of hardness in your home’s water supply. If it is high, contact a licensed plumber that specializes in soft water services. They can provide professional hard water removal services at an affordable price. By installing a quality water softener, and possibly a reverse osmosis system, you can easily eliminate your hard water problems for good, and enjoy life with soft water! In the meantime, learn how to clean toilet bowl mineral stains.
How to Clean Toilet Stains
Green and brown stains are usually limescale. Rust stains are caused by air exposure to the iron in the limescale. To get rid of both, gather up these supplies:
➙ Lime-Away® or CRL®
➙ Nylon-Bristled Scrubbing Brush
➙ Rubber Gloves
➙ Face Mask
➙ Baking Soda, White Distilled Vinegar, and Coca-Cola®
NOTE: DO NOT use bleach, and NEVER mix bleach with ammonia!
Standard Cleaning Method:
⑴ Start by donning your protective cleaning gear. Products like Lime-Away® or CRL® are acid-based, and contain strong chemicals that can agitate your senses and skin. Once you are geared-up, move onto step 2.
⑵ Turn off the main water shut off valve that is located behind the toilet. Just turn it clockwise until it stops. You don’t want to accidentally flush while scrubbing!
⑶ Use your bucket to collect and remove as much water from the toilet as possible.
⑶ Apply your cleaner of choice to the inside walls of the toilet bowl. Then using your natural-given elbow grease, scrub away! Use enough pressure to break down sediment buildup and wipe the porcelain clean.
⑸ You may need to repeat Step 4 more than once to finish the job.
⑹ Last, turn your water shut off valve back on and flush the bowl clean. You may need to flush more than once, but be sure to give your toilet a few minutes in between each one.
Organic Cleaning Method:
➊ Turn off the main water shut off valve for the toilet.
➋ Pour 2 cups of baking soda into the toilet bowl, followed by a teaspoon of baking soda.
➌ Next, brush the water around the basin with your toilet wand. If the stains do not seem to be releasing, try adding a few tablespoons of lemon juice. The acidity should help dissolve the sediment.
➍ Allow the soapy water to sit for 15 minutes. Then turn the water back on.
➎ Flush the toilet a few times to rinse it clean. You may need to repeat Steps 2 through 4 again.
➏ Once this is done, pour a can of Coca-Cola® into the bowl. The acid will also help further release the stains.
➐ Allow the cola to sit overnight. Then repeat Step 5 to finish.
Toilet Repair and Installation
If your toilet has seen better days, it may be time for a model upgrade. Or perhaps it just needs a little maintenance. Either way, contact a licensed plumber for help with toilet repair, service, and installation you can trust. They have the skills, knowledge, and resources to service or replace your toilet, as well as all other plumbing fixtures and appliances in your home, safely and efficiently.