How can I get water, rust, & gunk of toilet water knob?

by Jenilynnecook
I clean these, really, and still they are an eyesore!!!Also note the round wall piece isn’t flush on the wall-it is so full of green buildup-it doesn’t move anymor!
So help me out....please!icon
  11 answers
  • Gk Gk on Apr 28, 2018

    You could try a toothbrush and scrub but it looks pretty rusty to me. You can go and buy a new round "thingy"! The ones I have seen are hinged so you just open them up, pop them on, and close them. They are NOT expensive. You can also buy a new flexible hose that goes from the toilet to the wall. I would bet it would cost about 10.00 to make it look a whole lot better!

  • Lynn Lynn on Apr 28, 2018

    spray with Iron Out let sit for a bit then scrub off. Find at home depot or Lowe’s. Effectually May need to replace.

  • Carol Marszalek Carol Marszalek on Apr 28, 2018

    I agree with GK, defiantly replace the water hose line.

  • Linda Linda on Apr 28, 2018

    Dont think any of that will ever look good. I would buy new. Turn the water off get a pipe wrench remove old and add new. If not sure about size take old items to the store with you. Dont forget teflon tape. Hope that helps

  • Sharon Sharon on Apr 28, 2018

    I would use some naval jelly on the rust with a fine brass wire brush and steel wool. Be sure to wear rubber gloves as its caustic. Once the rust is off, coat is with a quick spray of WD40. You can get all this at the hardware store. You could also get Rustoleum Rust Dissolver.

  • Jenilynnecook Jenilynnecook on Apr 28, 2018

    Thank you! I will try this!

  • William William on May 03, 2018

    The copper pipe coming out of the wall is corroded. It can be cleaned with some emery cloth or fine grit sandpaper. The wall thingy

    ( escutcheon plate) is rusted on. To remove the plate you would need to turn off your water main, flush the toilet, remove the toilet hose ( I suggest replacing it), and remove the shut off valve. Then you can pry off the escutcheon, replace it with a new one, reinstall the shut off valve, and install the new toilet hose. Turn your water main back on and make sure the shut off valve is open. Check for leaks.

    If you don't want to go through all that you can clean the plate with a stiff brush and sandpaper. Slip some paper or tape behind it and paint it. Clean the copper with a strip of fine grit sandpaper. Replace the toilet hose. Take the hose with you so you get the right length.

  • Janice Janice on Mar 03, 2024

    I would try a product called C-L-R (comes in a small hard plastic rectangular bottle). Get and old cloth and pour a good amount onto it and then wrap it around the rusty thing. Let it soak well for 20-30 minutes then wipe away and see if that has helped the problem. Repeat and scrub until the crustiness is gone.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Mar 03, 2024

    If you can, call in a plumber to fit new for you, if not possible. rub with Wire wool or spray WD-40 and wait a while and then rub off. Fill the gap with silicone filler and then use Metal Primer/undercoat and then paint all that is discoloured to look good again.

  • Dee Dee on Mar 04, 2024

    You can buy a new escutcheon [the round thing at Lowes, Home Depot even Amazon. They are not expensive. Get the one that comes with a slit so you can just wrap it around the pipe. I would spary the escutcheon with a clear coat. The pipe looks like it is rubberized, you may have to replace that also, but I would try to clean with peroxide or CLR with a magic eraser.

  • Deb K Deb K on Mar 10, 2024

    Hello, try some vinegar to loosen the hard water grip on things, then use steel wool to clean them up