Removing rust stains in toilet

Discussion in 'Misc DIY' started by Ken Knecht, Aug 29, 2007.

  1. Ken Knecht

    Ken Knecht Guest

    Anyone have any favorite methods of removing rust stains/streaks from
    toilet bowls? I tried Sno-Bol and Clorax and Lysol toilet cleaners and
    those toilet 'scrubbers' on a plastic handle with little or no success.
    I'm tempted to try an SOS pad but it probably would ruin the toilet. I've
    read lemon juice and borax works and will pick up some borax next time
    I'm in town, probably tomorrow, and try it.

    Any other suggestions? I have a septic tank so must be careful what I
    use.

    Wonder where this is coming from? It only recently started. Water from
    the faucets seems clear. I'm on well water in an agricultural area. Maybe
    the toilet tank? If so, anyone have a good way to clean it out?

    TIA


    --
    Every silver lining has a cloud.
     
    Ken Knecht, Aug 29, 2007
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  2. "Ken Knecht" <> wrote in message
    news:Xns999B6D0BAD5F1kenkderucom@130.133.1.4...

    > Anyone have any favorite methods of removing rust stains/streaks from
    > toilet bowls? I tried Sno-Bol and Clorax and Lysol toilet cleaners and
    > those toilet 'scrubbers' on a plastic handle with little or no success.


    Dissolved iron appears to be the commonest cause of
    rust stains on plumbing. Hardware stores sell rust
    remover chemicals.

    --
    Don Phillipson
    Carlsbad Springs
    (Ottawa, Canada)
     
    Don Phillipson, Aug 29, 2007
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  3. Ken Knecht

    franz frippl Guest

    On Wed, 29 Aug 2007 17:43:11 +0000, Ken Knecht wrote:

    > Anyone have any favorite methods of removing rust stains/streaks from
    > toilet bowls? I tried Sno-Bol and Clorax and Lysol toilet cleaners and
    > those toilet 'scrubbers' on a plastic handle with little or no success.
    > I'm tempted to try an SOS pad but it probably would ruin the toilet. I've
    > read lemon juice and borax works and will pick up some borax next time
    > I'm in town, probably tomorrow, and try it.
    >
    > Any other suggestions? I have a septic tank so must be careful what I
    > use.
    >
    > Wonder where this is coming from? It only recently started. Water from
    > the faucets seems clear. I'm on well water in an agricultural area. Maybe
    > the toilet tank? If so, anyone have a good way to clean it out?
    >
    > TIA
    >
    >


    I have had good luck with a product called "Rust Out". Same company also
    makes "Yellow Out" to remove dinginess from clothes washed in rusty water.

    While you are cleaning the bowl, you may wish to clean out tank. You
    might be surprised how dirty that reservoir can become over time. I just
    cleaned out one in a cabin recently acquired. The Rust Out did marvels.
     
    franz frippl, Aug 29, 2007
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  4. Ken Knecht

    Joe Guest

    On Aug 29, 12:43 pm, Ken Knecht <> wrote:
    > Anyone have any favorite methods of removing rust stains/streaks from
    > toilet bowls? I tried Sno-Bol and Clorax and Lysol toilet cleaners and
    > those toilet 'scrubbers' on a plastic handle with little or no success.
    > I'm tempted to try an SOS pad but it probably would ruin the toilet. I've
    > read lemon juice and borax works and will pick up some borax next time
    > I'm in town, probably tomorrow, and try it.
    >
    > Any other suggestions? I have a septic tank so must be careful what I
    > use.
    >
    > Wonder where this is coming from? It only recently started. Water from
    > the faucets seems clear. I'm on well water in an agricultural area. Maybe
    > the toilet tank? If so, anyone have a good way to clean it out?


    If you think you've exhausted the possibilities on the grocery store
    shelves, try a janitorial supply house for something with some real
    muscle.
    Also, you're smart to go after the root of the problem, too. In an
    agricultural area, it is common for mega-farm operators to irrigate
    without regard to the underlying acquifer's sustainable capacity,
    resulting in severe loss of water quality for well owners for miles
    around. It would be prudent to have your water tested and well level
    checked on a much more frequent basis to monitor any possible such
    changes. Your well service professionals will then be avle to assist
    you in whatever treatments seem necessary.. Good luck.

    Joe
     
    Joe, Aug 29, 2007
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  5. Ken Knecht

    franz frippl Guest

    On Wed, 29 Aug 2007 15:48:22 -0700, Joe wrote:

    > On Aug 29, 12:43 pm, Ken Knecht <> wrote:
    >> Anyone have any favorite methods of removing rust stains/streaks from
    >> toilet bowls? I tried Sno-Bol and Clorax and Lysol toilet cleaners and
    >> those toilet 'scrubbers' on a plastic handle with little or no success.
    >> I'm tempted to try an SOS pad but it probably would ruin the toilet. I've
    >> read lemon juice and borax works and will pick up some borax next time
    >> I'm in town, probably tomorrow, and try it.
    >>
    >> Any other suggestions? I have a septic tank so must be careful what I
    >> use.
    >>
    >> Wonder where this is coming from? It only recently started. Water from
    >> the faucets seems clear. I'm on well water in an agricultural area. Maybe
    >> the toilet tank? If so, anyone have a good way to clean it out?

    >
    > If you think you've exhausted the possibilities on the grocery store
    > shelves, try a janitorial supply house for something with some real
    > muscle.
    > Also, you're smart to go after the root of the problem, too. In an
    > agricultural area, it is common for mega-farm operators to irrigate
    > without regard to the underlying acquifer's sustainable capacity,
    > resulting in severe loss of water quality for well owners for miles
    > around. It would be prudent to have your water tested and well level
    > checked on a much more frequent basis to monitor any possible such
    > changes. Your well service professionals will then be avle to assist
    > you in whatever treatments seem necessary.. Good luck.
    >
    > Joe


    A reminder that some chemicals will actually etch the porcelain. Pay a
    little extra and get what is appropriate for your problem.

    If the porcelain becomes etched, there's not much else you can do.

    Of course, this may be your chance to get a "green" toilet and save some
    water.
     
    franz frippl, Aug 30, 2007
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  6. Ken Knecht

    Guest

    Muratic acid worked wonders for my vintage 1950 toilet. Looked like
    new I was done. Stuff from the grocery or department stores was too
    week for me.
     
    , Aug 31, 2007
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  7. Ken Knecht

    Ken Knecht Guest

    wrote in news:1188572298.793416.42670
    @o80g2000hse.googlegroups.com:

    > Muratic acid worked wonders for my vintage 1950 toilet. Looked like
    > new I was done. Stuff from the grocery or department stores was too
    > week for me.
    >


    Sounds dangerous to use with a septic tank?


    --
    Every silver lining has a cloud.
     
    Ken Knecht, Aug 31, 2007
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