I stained my toilet trying to clean it!

everydayclaireJuly 11, 2009

I have white toilets; I believe they are porcelain, but I'm not sure (I'm a renter). A ring appeared in the toilets at the top of the water. I poured a bucket full of water into the toilet to get the water level very low. I used a scrubby sponge and Comet to remove the ring, which worked for the most part. But the scrubber wasn't scrubby enough to remove it 100%. I really hated to leave it not quite clean enough, so I used what I thought was steel wool on just a few small spots. I actually read the box afterward and it was a stainless steel cleaner from Brawny. It must have had chemical or product on it because even though the rest of the ring was removed, it left a gray stain in the toilet bowl. Interestingly enough, it only stained the bowl exactly where the water always is, not above. I tried more Comet to remove the gray stain which did not work. Then I tried bleach, which also did not work. I searched the internet and found nothing; apparently no one is as foolish as me! Any advice?

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Sounds like you scratched the porcelain coating on the toilet bowl. I've done the same thing. It's gray or silverish underneath. No way I know of fixing it. You may have to replace the toilet. Sorry.

    Bookmark   July 11, 2009 at 4:35PM
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For future reference, vinegar is a great remover of water rings caused by calcium, lime and rust build-up.

    Bookmark   July 11, 2009 at 9:29PM
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DH did the same thing when he was trying to unclog the toilet. Go to HD and buy "Barkeepers Friend". It's packaged similar to Comet. It works like a charm.

    Bookmark   July 15, 2009 at 8:24PM
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Barkeepers friend is the best thing since sliced bread and the wheel! I too scratched up my white bowl. the only thing that worked was this stuff, get it you wont be sorry!! All my marks have disappeared and the bowl looks new.

    Bookmark   July 20, 2009 at 4:24PM
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