Asked on Oct 8, 2017

Help with staining in new toilet

Colleen McAllisterBijousWilliam


I'm re-doing my bathroom. I CAN'T take it anymore! the toilet is barely 3 months old...

I have the little tabs you put in the tank, I clean it! (My husband has his own bathroom.) But I'm so baffled?

I can tell by the horrible toilet I pulled, this must be ongoing? The porcelain had been so abraded by previous cleanings, so I'm careful about using a "plastic" scrubbing tool. However, in the outlet area where the water exits, and where the water line sits, there is a brownish-black residue that is not coming off. I scrubbed and bleached it to no avail?

I can see why the previous owners had used severe cleaning Methods !

4 answers
  • Barbara Pelletier
    on Oct 8, 2017

    I use a pumice stone to scrub stains from a toilet. It works every time.
  • William
    on Oct 8, 2017

    Do you have well water? You may need an iron, manganese filter. What I do once a week. Pour in some vinegar in the toilet. A few squirts of Dawn dish liquid but any will do. Swish around with a toilet to foam it up. let it sit for about one to two hours. Then swish around with the toilet brush again and flush. The suds suspend the vinegar above the water line.
  • Bijous
    on Oct 8, 2017

    Turn off the water and drain the bowl. Use a wet pumice stone. Barbara is right, it really works. Then use marine paste wax and wax the entire bowl. Buff dry. Fill bowl. Do not use those things dropped into the tank. Reapplications of the wax are necessary, but only after several, several cleanings.
  • Colleen McAllister
    on Oct 11, 2017

    Never thought of pumice, but I have those stains and a fairly new toilet, too. I finally used Bar Keepers Friend cleanser and it worked. I sprinkled it in. let it sit for a while, then used the normal toilet brush and Voila! a clean toilet.
    • Colleen McAllister
      on Oct 11, 2017

      The toilet was replaced prior to our moving in. Never saw the old one, but was shocked when I saw the dark ring at the water line. Nasty. tried all the remedies, including lemon Kool-Aid, and nothing worked. Someone on Hometalk mentioned Bar Keepers and it finally was the thing that worked. Now I just do it every time I notice the ring returning. Between I simply use normal toilet liquids. If only I could figure out what is in the water that causes it!
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