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Old 01-13-2018, 12:11 PM   #1
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Is it Iron or Lime


Hello,

I've poked my head in a few times for some great tips, but haven't asked a question in a while. First, sorry if this is the wrong forum, please advise if I should post elsewhere.

Moving into a new place and toward the front of the toilet under rim is what I cannot decide is iron or lime - or maybe something else. I was able to get some of it off during my initial cleaning of the toilet bowl, but it looks like I need something specific to the problem.

In addition to a recommended cleaner\remover, also what it is best to apply it with (toothbrush, etc.) along with any other instructions.

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Old 01-13-2018, 12:36 PM   #2
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I see black "mold" on there, maybe.

Use a C L R to clean this, full strength, on a scrub brush, Rubber Gloves, And when cleaned, inspect the area for the Porcelain glazing to be damaged, and if it is damaged, you're needing a new throne.

If no damage, the previous owner was a poor housekeeper.

C L R cleaner works well on most all those deposits, as it's a strong acidic cleaner, made for this.


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City water? what is the city water test report?

Well water has there been a water test of what is in the water?
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de-nagorg - Thanks for the reply. I'll try CLR.

Akpsdvan - Not sure if tests were done. It's in a condo complex in Mahwah, NJ.
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Use open mesh sanding cloth wrapped around a sponge
Keep sponge loaded with water from bowl as needed
Lightly Wet sand stains changing up sanding patterns
From horizontal to vertical to circular to diagonal
Key to wet sanding a toilet bowl is its a process
& must be kept constantly wet & its not a race
the sanding pressure is the last key...
lightly as to not scratch finish while sanding off buildup

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Thanks to all that replied. Finally had a chance to get back in the bathroom (kitchen was poorly maintained as well, not sure if I am ever getting some of the caked on grease off the stove top). But it looks like the CLR is going to do the trick. Still have some more work to put in, but it is definitely coming off. And there does not appear to be any damage to the glaze so yeah, poor house keeping.

Again, thanks to all for the tips.
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CLR is great stuff, works on a lot of things.

Another great find, told to me by a pro in a boatyard, is "The Works" toilet bowl cleaner.

The Works contains a different acid which works better on some things, while CLR is better on others. Having both in your tool kit can make life much easier.

The Works is unbelievable at getting rust stains off stainless steel. (In a salt water environment NOTHING is "stainless"!) The best part is, it's $2 and change at any department store. Just be sure to rinse well afterward.
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