We bought a house and the toilets are stained. It seriously looks like an algae ring and and fresh skidmarks. I guess it could be rust. I've tried a few products but the only thing that's faded them even a little is letting Liquid Plumber sit in the bowl for awhile. Any other suggestions? If I'd known these stains would be permanent, I wouldn't have gotten this house.
Your house will not fall down if you replace the existing toilet.
Cheap and easy -- soak thick paper towels with white vinegar, then plaster them against the side of the bowl until all the stains are covered. Occasionally re-wet the paper towels (with a squirt bottle -- no need to remove the paper towels.)
Leave on several hours or overnight. A stiff brush should remove the rust residue, calcium deposits, etc.
Good grief OP - Toilets are like $79 or even less at Best Buy. Just buy one and replace it (and STFU) already.
OP you should really let the angry lesbians at r2 and r4 replace the toilets. They will have it done before tomorrow!
I have replaced the toilets in every house I've ever bought. It grosses me out to think of someone NOT doing that. EWWWWWWW.
And don't bother with any of those magic eraser products.
What a fragile little hothouse orchid r6 is.
We changed the seats. I guess I'll try the vinegar thing and failing that the CLR altho I used a knockoff type product and it didn't do much.
Why replace 3 perfectly working toilets? Americans are such pigs about throwing stuff away that still works. I run my stuff into the ground and then I recycle it.
How old is the toilet? My first thought was CLR, but if it's a relatively new toilet I'd just replace it. If it's an old toilet, I'd say keep it because it's better constructed with better material. I've had two new toilets die out on me (broken assembly on the whole flushing mechanism in one and a leak in the other), but my parents have 50 year old toilets in their home that are seemingly indestructible. Same with the ones in the old rentals I've had.
[quote]If I'd known these stains would be permanent, I wouldn't have gotten this house.
And that isn't more extreme than simply replacing the toilet bowls? Whatevs.
HAHA! I'm gonna call OP SHITSTAIN!
What a shit stained HOTHOUSE Flower you are!
"There are DOODY stains in my TURLET!"
Why don't you serve some bread with FARM FRESH butter while you are at it!
What a stunad!
A pumice stone works great. Use gloves if you are all squeamish. Pumie is a brand at most grocery stores. They are good for many things and they will not scratch porcelain. I have gotten out years of rust stains.
OP, forget about every thing you've read so far on this thread. Here's what you do. Go to the hardware store or any of the big home center stores (Home Depot/Lowes, etc). Buy a gallon jug of Hydrochloric acid, aka Muriatic acid. It's the active ingredient in these tile whitening sprays, but they only contain a very small amount of it.
Pour 2 cups of the acid into the toilet bowl and close the tank quickly as you'll notice something that looks like smoke rising from the bowl. Don't worry, it's not going to catch fire. It's just the acid interacting with the water. Let it sit for an hour or so. you can use a toilet brush every once in a while if needed to get the solution high up on the sides of the bowl. After an hour, use the scrub brush all over the bowl and the flush. You toilet bowl will look brand new.
We had apartment buildings and tenants left toilets in this condition at times. Go to Home Depot or a good hardware store and buy a gallon of muriatic acid. Pour a quart or more into the toilet (carefully) and stir with a toilet brush and let sit for an hour. Takes off stains and won't damage toilet.
That's pretty harsh stuff r15 -- and it is not necessary as OP does not need to pass an admiral's inspection in an hour.
Nice gentle vinegar, given over night, maybe a little help from a pumice bar, is all OP needs.
[quote] Buy a gallon jug of Hydrochloric acid
Isn't that what's in stomach acid? Just invite some fratboys over, give them lots of booze, fuck them, and let them throw up later.
You will inadvertently destroy some of your plumbing if you do not settle on just the one remedy. What R15 offered up is your best bet, but dilute the Muriatic acid with one part water, it would be 2:1 on that.
Pay no attention to R17 OP. As you can see R16 agrees with me. We've both obviously been through this process enough times to know what the fuck we're doing.
Hydrochloric acid. I was terrified of the stuff in chem lab. Be very careful with it.
A brush won't do it. Use a fresh scrubber sponge (that you will then throw away) scrubber side down, and use Softscrub for the toilet except the bowl, and Lysol toilet bowl cleaner for the bowl. If it looks like some of the paint is chipped there are epoxy repair kits that work fine.
Get the Clorox angled squirt bottle. Squirt in your toilet and leave overnight. It says to leave on for only 10 minutes and flush but you should leave it on overnight. Then flush. The toilet will be sparkling new. No need to brush.
R6 I completely agree. Apparently we have some seriously trashy folks here who want to rest their ass and taint on places others have been. I couldn't imagine.
So R4, R6, Let me get this straight you never sit on a strange toilet seat? You guys define anal retention.
What r13 said, a pumice stone.
R13 has the magic answer. I have tried everything and a pumice stone does the trick. You'll find it down the cleanser aisle.
One more vote for the pumice stone. It works, it's cheap, it's non-toxic and one stone will last a long time.
Acid will eat the surface. Bleach or new toilets.
r29 didn't read r13's memo.
Jesus Christ. Get some CLR, a brush, or buy a new toilet. Actually, just buy a new fucking toilet, Mary.
Lysol toilet gel in the BLACK bottle. Probably cheaper than all of the above options. I had tried a lot of other cleaners, but only this worked for me.
Coca-cola. That shit will burn through the Earth's crust.
Ew that's just perverted. Throw the damn thing out.
Why do you want to live in a house with a perverted toilet?
I hate that.
by a fucking toilet. geez.
I just did the Hydrochloric acid, aka Muriatic acid suggestion. It worked great!! I put two cups of it in the toilet, walked away, came back in an hour and scrubbed the bowl with the brush. I repeated the process because the toilet hadn't been cleaned for over a year (long story) and it looks like new! I'm telling you the calcium build up was huge and "thick", the colors were green to black!
Some things to remember:
* When you add the acid to the water you'll see vapor come up. It's the fumes from the acid, BEWARE don't breath them in.
* Be careful not to spill the acid.
* Rinse the brush off thoroughly
I hope this helps someone and puts to rest the bashers saying just buy a new toilet or other unhelpful comments.
I want to know how to use on my tile grout?
I blame it all on Shitty Little Anne.
[quote]Pay no attention to [R17] OP. As you can see [R16] agrees with me.
No, no! Don't listen to any of them! Listen to ME!
How did the muriatic acid cost? I don't want to google it.
I've seen too much ID channel and avoid random searches for weird things in case my computer is ever seized by a goverment agency. I'm still freaking out over clicking the man/horse sex link yesterday.
I vote, new toilet. Easy easy easy.
Deck cleaner . Oxy something acid works when Ajax & scrubber fails
Another in support of R13. Then use C.L.R.
I second the CLR. Read the instructions and follow them precisely.
Let it soak. It will work.
Why would anyone want to revive this thread?
Dump. Whoops. I meant bump.
Just replace the damn thing.
Let coca cola soak in there for awhile.
I don't know, r45. Probably because a lot of these threads have really useful hints along with some funny snark that doesn't devolve into viciousness like some of the other snarky threads do.
I was LMFAO at this one. Who knew bitches could be so snarkily cunty over a fucking toilet bowl?
Spray paint the whole thing dark brown.
I've cleaned stains off of toilets by adding a couple of jars of cheap, processed lemon juice to the water.
What you need to do is change the pH of the water, and any moderately strong acid will do.
You're so cheap you can't buy new commodes for your shack?
My bf has scratched all of our toilet bowls by over scrubbing. I repeatedly showed him that all he has to do is squirt some Clorox spray around the inside of the toilet, swish ONCE with a brush and close the lid. Leave for at least 20 minutes. Voila, clean toilet bowl. Flush.
OP, you need a water filtration system. If you already have one, you need to call the company and have them replace the chemicals.
"My bf has scratched all of our toilet bowls by over scrubbing."
Tina! Bring me the steel wool!
I'm sure advice so far has been good, but here's my two cents.
There's a product called The Works. It's sold at Walmart and Dollar Tree. Other places too, I'm sure, it's cheap and amazing! It will make any caked on calcium, rust, whatever come off so easy.
I've recommended this to many friends and coworkers and they've been thrilled with the results.
It's one of my favorite products.
I used the pumice stone. Worked great, no chemicals. 8 bucks. The toilets are amazing. My kid has flushed toys and stacks of kleenex down them and they've never clogged. These vintage toilets are superior and actually made of porcelain. No plastic.
Any sane person who isn't cheap will go buy a fucking new toilet and o-ring.
Another vote for pumice. I have never seen them for $8 though. Usually around $2 where I am.