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How to clean toilet stains

How to clean toilet stains

A dirty toilet is, of course, not a pleasant topic of conversation. Nevertheless, it is important to know how to clean hard water stains in a toilet and ideally keep it clean in the future. We have written down the most important tips on how to clean a stained toilet.

How do I clean toilet stains?

Among all household tasks, toilet cleaning is certainly one of the lowest on the popularity scale – at least that’s the case at our place! Getting rid of stubborn stains makes the task all the less appealing, so some good tips for how to remove hard water stains from a toilet will help immensely. So that you can get this chore done and dusted ASAP, follow these neat ideas.

Clean a heavily soiled or calcified toilet

The best way to clean a dirty toilet bowl is from top to bottom – this is also the case for hard water stains in a toilet. Clean the toilet rim first. Get a toilet cleaner such as one from the Bref 10 X Effect Colour Change range and spray it under the rim. Let it soak in so that the limescale is removed and you can easily remove the dirt with a brush. For really bad stains, you can also leave the cleaner to soak in overnight.

How do you clean toilet stains on ceramic?

Directly below and above the water line is where dark spots from hard water can appear in the toilet. They aren’t the most appealing sight and may eventually smell unpleasant. Bad smells at home are never good, whether it is your hoover, a lingering smell of fish in the kitchen, or indeed the toilet. That’s why a good cleaning routine is so important, even if a bit of a chore!

The cause of these spots and smells in the toilet is also limescale and may build up faster if you’re in an area of hard water. If you want to clean hard water stains in a toilet, a cleaner specially designed to combat heavy limescale deposits is suitable. Limescale provides an ideal condition for bacteria, and that is unhygienic in the long run.

How do you clean a stained toilet under the water line?

A good toilet cleaner is also the way to go for hard water stains on a toilet’s waterline.

  • Pouring toilet cleaner into the toilet

First, pour a generous amount of toilet cleaner into the toilet.

  • Let it soak in

Let the cleaner soak in for a few minutes. For particularly stubborn stains, you can wait longer.

  • Brush off

Now scrub the limescale and deposits with the toilet brush.

  • Use additional vinegar

If all this doesn't help, you can try white vinegar. To do this, first skim off any residual water or cleaning product, and then pour vinegar on the area so that all the stains are covered. Let the vinegar soak for several hours. Then scrub properly. This can leave your bathroom smelling acidic but open the window and you’ll be fine! This also helps regulate good bathroom humidity.

Clean the cistern of a stained toilet

From time to time, you should also clean the cistern of your toilet. It contains moving parts on which deposits can form. Limescale also builds up in the cistern itself, and at some point, it starts to smell unpleasant. Sometimes algae even grow in the cistern – not a pleasant surprise! With a bit of bad luck, this clogs important parts, which stops the toilet from working properly. To clean the cistern, remove the lid. Then brush the water tank properly with cleaning gel and a clean toilet brush. 

How do I keep the toilet clean?

After all that work, you’ll naturally want the toilet to stay clean for a long time. You can achieve this, for example, by cleaning it regularly - once a week is enough. And pairing that with Bref Power Active that fits under your rim to provide freshness and remove stains. If limescale doesn't build up in the first place, you can save yourself the hassle of intensive cleaning. Then the toilet will always be sparkling clean and won't smell!

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