Do you ever find yourself hoping that visitors won’t ask to use your bathroom because your toilet is stained? No matter how hard you scrub, you can’t remove these white, chalky deposits with elbow grease, and over time they grow darker and more noticeable. To keep your bowl sparkling and pristine, clean it with homemade products or specialized toilet cleaners.
Hard water is a culprit
Limescale is a problem in hard water areas. Calcium compounds in the water stick to faucets, kettles, shower heads and inside toilet bowls. You can tell if you have a limescale problem if the stains are rough to the touch and regular toilet cleaners don’t remove them, even with vigorous scrubbing. To remove limescale, you’ll need to go the extra mile.
Homemade toilet cleaners
You might be surprised at what you can find in your kitchen cupboards to remove hard mineral deposits in your toilet. The deposits are alkaline, so you can use acidic liquids to dissolve them. Vinegar and lemon juice are acidic, and they can remove mild cases of limescale. Other ways to get rid of limescale include:
- Scoop out water from the bowl to lower the water level and expose deposits. You might see lines of limescale running down the bowl where the water passes when you flush.
- Pour lemon juice or vinegar on the deposits. Don’t dilute the vinegar or lemon juice, or you’ll reduce its effectiveness.
- Leave the acidic liquids in place for a few hours to do their work, preferably overnight.
- Scrub the scale with a stiff-bristled toilet brush before flushing the toilet.
- Pour a cupful of vinegar or lemon juice into the toilet tank every day to help prevent the stains from returning,
Scrub it away
Harsh scrubbing can break off those white scales. This type of deep cleaning requires the most effort, but it’s a great workout for your arms. Use plumbers cloth or pumice stone to remove calcium deposits in your toilet bowl. Whichever method you choose, apply plenty of water before you start. Wet the cloth or pumice stone, and focus on the stains when you scrub. Try to avoid rubbing the porcelain vigorously, as you could scratch it.
Muriatic acid is the professional grade solution for removing stubborn scale deposits in toilets. For domestic homeowners, using muriatic acid is risky. First of all, the fumes and liquid are toxic and can burn, and the acid can damage the toilet surface when used incorrectly. If the toilet stains are excessive and you’d like to try muriatic acid, read and follow the safety instructions on the packet carefully.
Hard mineral deposits in your toilet take some effort to remove, but the results are worth it. A shiny, clean toilet bowl is a reassuring sight, and you can relax when friends or family stop by for a visit.
For answers to your plumbing questions, contact the Pink Plumber today.