Keeping your bathroom clean and free of stains is a critical component of routine home maintenance. Unfortunately, toilets are especially prone to developing unsightly and difficult-to-remove stains. These stains can be caused by rust, mineral deposits, urine residue, or other causes.
If you’ve ever noticed a rust, mineral, or urine stain in your toilet, you know how aesthetically unappealing it can be. Don’t stress! Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Pomona Valley has simple recommendations on ways to remove stains from your toilet without requiring a plumbing professional. We’ll also discuss some preventative measures you can take to keep your toilet looking its best for years to come.
Why Rust Stains Form & How to Remove Them
Rust is an oxidized iron compound often found in tap water. Over time, rust particles can accumulate on the surface of your toilet bowl and create unattractive stains. This problem is most common in older homes with galvanized steel pipes and residences in areas with high iron content in their water supply.
To remove rust stains from the DIY route, follow the following 3 steps:
- Mix one-part white vinegar with one part baking soda
- Pour the mixture into your toilet bowl
- Let this mixture sit for 15 minutes before scrubbing it with a toilet brush
You may need to repeat this process multiple times for stubborn stains. If this approach fails, don’t hesitate to call our professional plumbing team immediately! We’ll rush over to diagnose and fix the situation.
Why Mineral Stains Form & How to Remove Them
Mineral deposits, such as calcium or lime buildup from hard water, can accumulate over time, creating white rings along your toilet bowl’s rim. The longer mineral stains remain untreated, the more difficult they will be to remove. As a result, mineral stains should be removed as quickly as possible.
While these minerals cause minimal harm, they detract from the appearance of your bathroom and the value of your home. Most mineral deposits leave yellowish-white or brownish-yellow marks.
To get rid of these stains, we recommend that you:
- Fill the bowl with hot water and add about 2 cups of white vinegar
- Let the mixture sit for at least 30 minutes before scrubbing with a toilet brush and flushing the toilet
If necessary, repeat the process until all traces of the mineral residue and buildup have been removed.
Why Urine Stains Form & How to Remove Them
Urine contains proteins and other compounds that can leave behind a yellowish stain on the porcelain surface of your toilet bowl (especially if your bowl is not adequately cleaned over time). Luckily, most urine stains are easy to remove – especially if they are treated early.
Here is a quick step-by-step outline on removing urine stains:
- Start by cleaning any solid waste off the sides of the bowl using a paper towel or cloth so only liquid remains in the bowl
- Mix equal parts white vinegar and baking soda and pour it into your toilet bowl
- Let the mixture sit for 15 minutes before scrubbing away any remaining residue with a toilet brush and rinsing with warm water
- Don’t forget to wear rubber gloves and goggles for safety and always flush a few times once you’re finished cleaning.
Unfortunately, not all urine stains come off easily. Contact our professional plumbers without delay for stains that prove difficult to remove. We will apply specialized cleaning products and tools designed for removing urine from porcelain surfaces safely and thoroughly.
How to Prevent Stains in the Future
Homeowners can take many proactive steps to help prevent future staining on their toilet bowls. The first step is to use a high-quality cleaner designed specifically for porcelain surfaces. Another preventative measure is installing a water softener if you live in an area with hard water. A water softener can help reduce mineral buildup over time. Finally, it's important to ensure all family members are flushing immediately after use.
Hire a Plumbing Pro for Expert Stain Removal
Keeping your bathroom clean is an essential part of home maintenance. However, even diligent efforts cannot always prevent staining from occurring on your toilets. Stains on toilets can be nasty and frustrating. At the same time, many stains can be easily removed using natural materials like white vinegar, baking soda, and some elbow grease.
For more stubborn stains that won’t come out after multiple attempts at home remedies, consider hiring a plumbing professional. Our technicians excel at stain removal services. We will identify what stain you're dealing with and proceed with the appropriate course of action (i.e., pressure washers).
Do you have a toilet issue and want professional water-jetting services? Call our plumbing pros at (909) 303-6251 today!