View Full Version : Toilet Troubles
October 29th, 2005, 11:22 PM
OK, I know this has nothing to do with parenting, but where else to post? The problem: toilet bowl stain
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So, we had a house built and ever since then the toilet has a stain on the inside of the bowl, looks like glue, kinda yellow in lines down the side. I have scrubbed and scrubbed. Used comet, tilex, MR Clean eraser, scrubbing bubbles, clorox bleach and regular toilet bowl cleaner. All to no avail. PLEASE HELP ME!!!!!!! :confused: :wail:
October 30th, 2005, 01:10 AM
Being an Aussie, I'm not familiar with the products you've mentioned but I used a pumice stone (like you'd use on your feet) to reduce the mineral deposit on my toilet. I gloved up and removed as much of the water from the bowl as I could as I found it was then easier to scrub. It didn't seem to scratch the surface at all.
I also tried denture cleaning tablets. Mixed them up into a paste and left it sitting on the stain for a while. Don't know if it really helped but it's an idea!!!
October 30th, 2005, 06:07 AM
I have used a pumice stone before too, it is recommended in my cleaning books. It seems as though it would scratch the porcelain, but it doesn't!
Another thing you might try is those Lime Away type products.
October 30th, 2005, 03:35 PM
The problem: toilet bowl stain
Sounds like 'hard' water, dissolved minerals such as iron, manganese and calcium.
Permanent solution - get a water softener and not only reduce or eliminate new stains, but save your other water appliances trouble in the future. It's a bit pricey, but think of it as an investment :-)
Umm, sorry, I don't know how to get rid of the existing stain though.
October 30th, 2005, 07:19 PM
It sounds like a water problem, if its in lines down the bowl then it sounds like it follows the path that water enters the bowl.
How do you sinks and shower look? Do they have yellowish stains also? If so your only option is water filteration and softening. As a temporary solution pumice the bowl.
October 30th, 2005, 07:47 PM
I've had luck using thoese clorox bleach tablets you drop in the tank and they slowly dissolve. They helped to bleach out the stains in the bowl, and keep it looking really clean. I swear by them now! It would take probably a week or so to work on your stain, though, so it's not an instant fix :(
October 31st, 2005, 10:05 AM
I don't know what it's called...It's something like "Bam" or "Kapow" or something...it's in a purple bottle. It's wonderful on hard water stains. It's available at WalMart.
October 31st, 2005, 11:44 PM
I think I have hard water, but I don't think these stains are related. It actually looks like glue from the builder or something. I'll try the bam or kapow, and then maybe the pumice stone. Thanks guys. http://www.cheesebuerger.de/images/smilie/froehlich/a020.gif
November 1st, 2005, 10:15 AM
The absolute best stuff I have found is called "The Works" its pretty strong and you should have plenty of vent. BUT they have some toilet tablets that you put in the back of the toilet and I have not had to clean my toilet since they are alsome.
November 2nd, 2005, 07:45 PM
where do you get this? I think I may tri Lime Away first and see if that helps.
November 2nd, 2005, 07:50 PM
I like Bar Keepers Friend or Zud. They are powders like Comet but really do the job.
I'm sure you know but since many are reading this thread, it's a good time to mention never to mix bleach or amonia containg products with other cleaners (and especially not with each other). The resulting fumes can be fatal and act extremely quickly.