tough toilet to clean

autumnsApril 4, 2012

hey guys i have run into a bit of a problem. i neglected my toilet for some time and this kind of coating or like a "shell" of stain is in my bowl. by that i mean, the only way i can get rid of this stain is to chip away at it and knock it off in chunks. at one point i was literally tapping on the butt of my screwdriver with a hammer to chip away at it. it was effective, but not efficient and was quite time consuming and i worry about scratching the porcelain.

the problem is, i'm exactly sure what this stuff is so i'm not sure how to search for effective ways to remove it. does anyone have any idea what this stuff might be? no cleaner, ie lysol, or bar keepers friend, has affected it at all and scrubbing at it with a pumice hasnt done much either as i think the shell is too thick for that.

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Fori is not pleased

Try something like Lime-away. It sounds like some good water deposits. Or at least you'll feel better if you think of it as water deposits. :)

    Bookmark   April 4, 2012 at 6:29PM
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Our plumber recommended using a pumice stone for cleaning rings and mineral build up. They make ones for cleaning toilets. One brand is called Pumie. I bought one at a local hardware store and it worked great.

    Bookmark   April 4, 2012 at 11:17PM
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Make sure you get up into the holes where the water comes out under the rim of the bowl. The lime deposits can clog the holes.

    Bookmark   April 4, 2012 at 11:21PM
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plunge out what ever water is setting in it

then pour a gal (Or 2) of pure vinegar into it and let it set a day or 2. brush and flush and see what goes w/it.

I've done it here in a very old unused avocado green toilet. It left an edge higher up to be cleaned (the water line). wet a few layers of tp with vinegar and cover that. I put some vinegar in a squirt bottle and rewet it continually. It's better to remember to keep it rewetted (is that a word?). I was lax at the remembering part... and it will smell of vinegar to high heaven!

then put on plastic gloves and use a SOS type pad on it around the edges.

deep down in the hole will be harder...

you might still have to scrape a bit at crust layer down in the hole. after setting in the vinegar it should be easier tho.

if needed, repeat and repeat...

I gotta say I was actually shocked that the center area (that was filled with the vinegar) cleaned out slicker'n a whistle! (ugh - maybe that's bad phrasing in this case).

    Bookmark   April 5, 2012 at 1:35AM
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