Aside from being unsightly, toilet stains can cause actual problems, whether located on the inside or the outside of the toilet. Moreover, many substances cause them. In any event, it’s crucial to remove them as quickly as possible. In this post, Drain Genie Plumbing Services describes five types of toilet stains, why they present problems, and how to remove them.
1. Hard Water Stains
Toilet bowl stains are usually brown or yellow and are located inside the bowl. These come from a buildup of minerals in hard water, such as calcium and magnesium. The minerals react with the porcelain and cause buildup, which can be difficult to remove. That’s because they’re often located in hard-to-reach places. To remove hard water stains, use toilet bowl cleaner and cleaning products specially made for hard water with a toilet brush or even a pumice stone.
2. Rust Stains
Rust stains are usually red or orange and are located outside the toilet. These occur when iron in the water reacts with the porcelain. Rust stains can be difficult to remove because they often require special cleaners. Use a toilet brush along with a specialized rust-removal cleaner to remove rust stains.
3. Dye Stains
Dye stains are usually blue or green and are located outside the toilet. These occur when dye from cleaning products, such as toilet bowl cleaner, reacts with the porcelain. Like rust stains, dye stains are tricky to remove because they also require special cleaners. If your toilet bowl contains dye stains, you can try to remove them using a toilet brush and a combination of dye-remover and cleaning solution.
4. Organic Stains
Organic stains are usually black or brown and are located inside the toilet. These occur when waste buildup, such as feces or urine, reacts with the porcelain. Interior stains are easier to remove because the water in the toilet bowl helps to keep stains from setting. However, exterior urine stains present a bigger challenge, especially urine due to its acidity. Try using a toilet brush and a cleaner that contains enzymes to break down the organic matter.
5. Toilet Tank Stains
Toilet tank stains are usually brown or yellow and are located inside the toilet tank. These occur when minerals in the water, such as calcium and magnesium, react with the porcelain. Many people don’t bother with tank stains at all. However, other people like the tank to remain as clean as the bowl and exterior. You can purchase a self-cleaner to attach to the tank that will help remove these stains. You can also try using a toilet brush and a specialized cleaning solution.
If your toilet trouble extends to clogged drains, bathroom plumbing projects, or something similar, you might need to enlist Drain Genie’s help. We provide professional plumbing services in Orlando, Oviedo, and the surrounding area. Schedule service online or call (407) 490-1230 to speak to a representative.