17 ways to clean the toilet from stones and yellow plaque

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The perception of the interior of a particular room largely depends on the details. So, for example, the look of clean and snow-white plumbing can transform even the most mediocre interior and give a room a neat look. Conversely, yellowish marks on the surface of a bathtub or toilet bowl will instantly spoil the impression of the most expensive interior. Very often, the owners of new apartments have to deal with the pollution they inherited from the previous owners. Sometimes the cause of plaque formation is poor-quality water. Be that as it may, but before deciding on a complete replacement of plumbing, you should try to cope with the problem on your own. In this article, we will tell you about proven ways to clean the toilet bowl from stones and yellow plaque using simple and affordable tools.

Reasons for the formation of pollution

Before starting an active fight against different types of pollution, you need to determine the cause of their appearance.

It will also help prevent re-contamination in the future and make it easier to maintain your plumbing. In total, there are three main reasons:

  • Unsatisfactory state of engineering communications. And we are not talking about old metal pipes inside the apartment, but about a common water main. Previously, pipes were made of galvanized metal, which eventually began to corrode. Small fragments of oxidized iron, getting into the water, stain it and yellowish traces of rust form on the surface of the sanitary ware. Also, the reason for the formation of rust can be an excess amount of iron in the tap water and a leaking toilet cistern;
  • The reason for the formation of limescale is the presence of a large amount of minerals and compounds in the water. Settling on the surface of the toilet, they form a solid and durable coating of a grayish tint;
  • Urinary stones are often formed due to inaccurate use of plumbing or as a result of a combination of the last two reasons. Especially often, urinary stones on the surface of the toilet appear in families where there are small children who still do not know how to flush the toilet or do not do it completely. The plaque has a characteristic yellow-brown color. And if limescale is simply present on the surface, then urinary calculus, consisting mainly of minerals, can emit an unpleasant odor. In addition, the urinary stone contains many microbes.

Before we start looking at the different ways to remove dirt, it is worth noting that only relatively fresh traces of rust, plaque or stone can be completely removed. It is practically impossible to wash away old dirt without mechanical cleaning. In turn, mechanical cleaning will lead to a violation of the integrity of the toilet bowl coating, the formation of characteristic marks and scratches. These places will be the most vulnerable and in the future, in the absence of regular maintenance, it is on them that spots will re-form. Therefore, in such a neglected case, it is still worth thinking about replacing the plumbing and not spending energy and money on its restoration.

Limescale removers

Limescale is a hard deposit that cannot be removed with gentle cleaning agents.

Many housewives recommend using the following methods:

  • # 1. Cleaning with abrasive powders. Really effective, since we act on pollution, though microscopic, but still hard particles of abrasive. In this case, not only plaque is erased from the surface, but also scratches. As a result, areas devoid of the characteristic shine can form on the surface of the once smooth and shiny toilet bowl. This is the negative side of mechanical cleaning, which we have already mentioned, so its application is rather controversial;

  • # 2. Alkali-based formulations will help to cope with plaque without harm to the surface. The products used for cleaning clogged sewer pipes are excellent. But there are some precautions here too. If your toilet is made of plastic, then it is better to refrain from this method, as well as from using compounds based on various acids. All alkaline products contain caustic soda. It is he who splits plaque. Simply pour the product into the toilet, close the lid and let sit for a few hours. After that, carefully go over the walls and problem areas with a brush. You can do otherwise – scoop out water from the drain hole, after blocking the flow of water into the drain tank, apply the agent to a piece of cloth and cover the place of pollution. It is imperative to do this with protective gloves and do not forget to ventilate the room. After a couple of hours, the place needs to be rubbed, and then fill the tank and rinse with water;

  • No. 3. Acid is a more aggressive agent. You can use acetic acid. Just pour the product down the toilet, close the lid, and let it sit overnight. The next day, scrub the dirt thoroughly with a brush and drain the water several times for rinsing. If the desired result was not achieved the first time, you can try again;

  • No. 4. Sometimes acetic acid remains powerless in front of persistent and chronic plaque. Then you can use a more aggressive acid – hydrochloric acid. However, this method is categorically contraindicated if your pipes are plastic. If they are made of metal or cast iron, you can affect the plaque but no more than 1 time. Pour 200 ml of 33% hydrochloric acid solution into a container with a convenient dispenser or spout. Very carefully, in a thin stream, distribute the acid over the entire surface of the toilet. Close the lid immediately and count 20 minutes. After that, simply drain the water several times. When working with this substance, you need to be extremely careful, protect your hands and preferably the respiratory and visual organs;

  • No. 5 You can also treat plaque with oxalic or citric acid if it has just begun to form on the surface. The acid is diluted in warm clean water in such a proportion to ultimately obtain a solution of 5% concentration. The liquid is applied to the spots for several hours, and then rubbed with a brush and washed off;

  • No. 6. Chlorine products may have the desired effect. They are simply applied to the surface, left to act for several hours, and then cleaned with a brush or brush;

  • No. 7. Unusual ways to deal with limescale include exposure to carbonated drinks. Or rather, Coca-Cola or Sprite. The fact is that these drinks contain a large amount of citric acid. Just pour Coke down the toilet and let it sit overnight. You will need 2-3 bottles. If the miracle did not happen, then the pollution is too persistent;

  • No. 8. In this case, you can try to treat the surface with electrolyte. Surely there is a motorist in the family who has this solution. Pour 1 cup of liquid into the toilet, spreading it over the sides. Leave it on for 15 minutes and then wash off with water. This method is also not recommended for use with plastic pipes;

  • No. 9. Veterinary pharmacies sell a remedy called “iodine monochloride”, which is excellent at breaking down stones. Apply the solution to the desired area and after no more than a couple of minutes, rinse with water. This agent is contraindicated to use if the pipes are made of cast iron, or there are aluminum elements with which direct contact may occur.

Rust removers

There are many ready-to-use household cleaning products available to help remove rust.

You already know about them from advertising. Let’s talk about folk remedies:

  • No. 10. Solutions of various acids, for example, phosphoric acid, are excellent at fighting yellow traces. It is necessary to take 100 g of a solution with a concentration of no more than 5-7% and distribute it evenly over the surface of the toilet bowl and leave half for pouring into the drain tank itself. After 10-15 minutes, no more, you need to rinse and walk over the bowl with a brush or a brush with stiff bristles;

  • № 11. Another effective remedy is sodium dioxide. You will need 1 tbsp. baking soda and 200 ml vinegar. The vinegar needs to be slightly warmed up, in no case bring the liquid to a boil. Dissolve the baking soda in the vinegar and wipe off any traces of rust with the resulting solution. Do not rinse off immediately. Leave the product on the surface for several hours. Then re-wet the sponge in the solution, wipe off the dirt and rinse with water;

  • No. 12. Oxalic acid. It is usually sold in dry form and is represented by transparent crystals. You need to sprinkle a little acid on a cloth or sponge, slightly moisten it with water or alcohol and wipe the surface thoroughly. After that, wait 10-15 minutes, once again go through the problem areas with a sponge and thoroughly rinse the toilet with clean water;

  • No. 13. If traces of rust have just begun to appear, you can try to remove them with regular detergent. The surface of the toilet should be evenly sprinkled with any powder and left to act for 30 min-1 hour. After that, carefully rub the surface with a brush and rinse with water. For additional effect, you can flush the toilet with Domestos or any other similar means. If yellowish streaks are still visible, pour over them with regular Whiteness and leave to sour for 30 minutes. Rub thoroughly again with a brush and rinse with water. The tracks should disappear.

Methods using Coca-Cola, hydrochloric acid or electrolyte are also suitable for combating rust.

Means for removing urinary stones

The urinary calculus looks like an unpleasant brownish-yellow contamination. Typically, these stains can be seen under the rim or toilet seat.

If you see that the spots are not yet very saturated, then they are relatively new. Start cleaning with the most gentle product:

  • No. 14. First, treat the contaminated surface with regular table vinegar. Thoroughly pour vinegar over the surface and leave for 8 hours. Better to carry out the procedure before bedtime. In the morning, carefully rub the surface with a brush or brush. Often, such an impact is enough to completely remove the stone;

  • No. 15. Vinegar can also be used in other recipes. Heat 1 cup of vinegar to 40 ° C, add 1 tablespoon of baking soda with a mountain and a couple of drops of iodine. Mix the components thoroughly until the soda is completely dissolved. Be careful not to inhale the vinegar fumes. Pour the warm liquid down the toilet and let it sit overnight. In the morning, just wash off with water. If the marks are still visible, you can repeat the procedure. For this method, any vinegar, both apple and grape vinegar, is suitable, but only 9% concentration;

  • No. 16. Citric acid can be used in place of vinegar. Take a package of lemons, mix the powder with water. Add water a little at a time to get the consistency of a paste. The resulting gruel must be applied to dirt and left to act for a couple of hours. Then wipe with a brush and rinse thoroughly with water;

  • No. 17. The next method is based on the use of regular Whiteness. Remove all water from the drain, fill it with a bottle of product and let it sit overnight. In the morning you need to rinse the surface well with clean, and preferably warm water.

If the first time it did not work to remove the plaque without traces, try combining several methods using different active ingredients. Start immediately with the most gentle treatment and gradually move on to more aggressive methods.

Prevention of pollution formation

Having once tried to remove traces of old plaque or rust using one of the above methods, you will come to the conclusion that it is better to prevent than to make such efforts.

Especially when you consider that preventive measures are quite simple and require much less time and effort.

  • Use special cistern tablets to prevent the formation of limescale. Their main action is directed primarily at softening water and neutralizing alkalis. They also color the water in various shades and give it a pleasant aroma;
  • Gel-like products, which are attached to the rim of the toilet, disinfect the surface with each flush and prevent the formation of urinary stones;
  • Make sure that the toilet cistern does not leak, otherwise the formation of rust is inevitable;
  • If the tank functions normally, but rust still forms, the old water pipes must be replaced, otherwise the problem will not go away. If the pipes in the apartment are plastic, it means that corrosion has hit the iron pipes of the central water supply. In this case, only installing a filter will help;
  • Treat the toilet with chlorine or regular whiteness once a week. This is both a method of disinfection and elimination of unpleasant odors, and a way to combat the appearance of limescale;
  • If the design allows, once a week remove the lid and toilet seat and rinse them well with any detergent, and then under hot water;
  • Make sure that all family members regularly use the drain, otherwise your efforts will be in vain.
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