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GeneralissimoVonBobbington Thu 06-Jan-11 11:40:58

This is a pretty gross problem, but I'm hoping you can help. The downstairs loo in our new (old) house has some revolting looking encrustations around the rim a the front of the pan. Any idea how I can get rid of these? I would rather just replace the loo but DH is too tight reluctant.

Catilla Thu 06-Jan-11 11:42:18

I swear by Harpic Power Plus.

SoupDragon Thu 06-Jan-11 11:43:38

Some kind of limescale remover and some elbow grease [boak]

GeneralissimoVonBobbington Thu 06-Jan-11 14:15:01

Sigh. I was going for some sort of chemical magic wand. Thanks - I will don my hazmat suit...

mistressploppy Thu 06-Jan-11 14:17:15

I'm sure I saw How Clean is Your House once and they soaked kitchen roll in something and plastered it on like papier mache - maybe try that with Harpic and leave it for a while?

Lilymaid Thu 06-Jan-11 14:26:25

For really serious limescale/dirt removal use Spirits of Salts - but it is a nasty chemical so only use when all else fails (goggles/protective gloves useful).

AntonDuBurk Thu 06-Jan-11 14:29:22

Somewhere in the depths of my mind I can recall Kim-or-was-it-Aggie using coca cola. But I may have dreamt that confused

BornToFolk Thu 06-Jan-11 14:30:07

We had a loo like that in a rented house once. It was grim. The previous tenants must have never cleaned it for it to build up like that.

Anyway, we did manage to get it under control...though never totally got rid of it.

Scoop out the water, apply the strongest limescale remover you can find, leave overnight, and scrub in the morning with a scourer. Not the most pleasant job but removing the water does help as the cleaner goes on neat.

shodatin Fri 07-Jan-11 01:01:19

I used 3 or 4 applications of Ecover on ancient limescale/stains - soaking a kit.towel is a good idea- without any scrubbing required.

kayah Fri 07-Jan-11 05:52:03

I would use a solution of caustic soda mabe with paper towels as recommended above


be very careful when you're using it. Follow the directions on the packet etc

I got mine in b&q for blocked toulet and at the same time it cleaned all stains etc

You will need to empyt the water from the toilet bowl using gloves and mix the caustic soda as instructed with water. Then pour it slowly into the bowl to avoid splashing and leave for about 2 hours. Then flush away.

apparently kim and aggie on tv always say to use a pumice stone (won't damage porcelain) and vinegar and baking soda.

more suggestions

(as you can see I can't sleep tonight :-) )

AliceandtheGinormousBaps Fri 07-Jan-11 08:43:16

K&A have used coca-cola, but also soak kitchen roll in white vinegar or lemon juice and kind of papier mache round the loo and leave overnight i think.

BoffinMum Sat 08-Jan-11 12:42:24

Try putting a couple of dishwasher tablets in there and leaving it to soak overnight.

peachybums Sat 08-Jan-11 14:49:30

I had an old loo that was gross, I put cheap bio washing powder and boiling water in mine and left it overnight. For the ones round the rim i made up a paste of the washing powder and spread it round. Did the trick

ppeatfruit Sat 08-Jan-11 18:22:48

Hot white vinegar in bowl stick it on with toilet paper if on side after taking out water leave overnight it works really well. It's only hard water IMO.

Mummy2Bookie Sat 08-Jan-11 20:34:09

Bleach and lots of elbow grease will get rid of it.

BarbieLovesKen Sat 08-Jan-11 20:53:45

Harpic power plus!!!! excellent

AliceandtheGinormousBaps Sat 08-Jan-11 21:45:10

Just a little advice for you: Whatever you do, do not mix any vinegar with bleach, read on here it makes a rather nasty gas confused grin

GeneralissimoVonBobbington Sun 09-Jan-11 16:08:25

Thanks all - sadly elbow grease and ordinary bleach was not quite up to task, but the Spirits of Salt did the trick. I soaked kitchen towels in the stuff and wedged it up and under the rim like papier mache. Great lumps of calcified, well, I don't want to know what really came off when I gave it a little prod an hour or two later [boak]

Also put some diluted down the pan which is now sparkly!

Chatelaine Sun 09-Jan-11 18:23:15

What Lilymaid says - Spirits of Salt which is dilute hydrocloric acid. From an old fashioned hardware store (not b&q).

Chatelaine Sun 09-Jan-11 18:24:54

blush glad you got a good result.

Lilymaid Sun 09-Jan-11 18:34:55

Pleased to hear that you and the Spirits of Salts shifted the encrustations. I had a similar problem in my old house (also blocked with children's toys from the previous owner which had to be hoiked out with a wire coat hanger from down the u-bend). My father then did the trick with the Spirits of Salts and hey presto, a working and clean loo).

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