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Loo cleaning - not for the faint hearted

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wasabipeanut Thu 23-Jul-09 10:36:34

OK, we are moving to a new house and the loos have suffered from what one may tactfully call irregular cleaning. We are talking serious stains.

The way I see we have 2 options. The first is to buy new ones which is a faff but the 2nd is to find a way to get them clean. Any ideas? I have a feeling that some quite scary chemicals may be required.

Any advice?

filchthemildmanneredjanitor Thu 23-Jul-09 10:41:21

bottle of coke down the loo is meant to be good

wasabipeanut Thu 23-Jul-09 10:42:24

How long do you leave it for?

sherby Thu 23-Jul-09 10:44:20

we had the same problem

coke didn't work, I think you might be able to get some acid stuff from a hardware shop you can use, and use one of those foot stones for the really hard stuff

I emptied all the water out, tipped a whole bottle of parazone (black bottle I think) down the toilet, left it overnight (open the windows up!) and then scrubbed like a mad thing the next morning which removed most of it

claricebeansmum Thu 23-Jul-09 10:45:51

Yes - go to a good old fashioned hardware shop and they sell you a lethal chemical.

Empty out as much water from loo as you can and then pour this stuff down. You'll have sparkly loos!

wasabipeanut Thu 23-Jul-09 10:57:06

Cool - thanks ladies.

GentleOtter Thu 23-Jul-09 11:03:30

We live in an area which has black peaty water so toilets and sinks stain quickly.
I use wet and dry sandpaper, rubber gloves and a good scrub then Parazone into the cistern.

sherby Thu 23-Jul-09 14:14:14

oo sandpaper a good idea

themoon Thu 23-Jul-09 14:30:44

The Harpic in the black bottle is fab. it says leave for 10 mins or something, but I leave it overnight.

Washersaurus Thu 23-Jul-09 14:38:07

Yes, Harpic is good (I have only used the limescale one, not the one for bad staining though)

BonsoirAnna Thu 23-Jul-09 14:45:20

Buy the Cillit Bang loo cleaner. It is amazing stuff.

sherby Thu 23-Jul-09 14:46:35

oh it was harpic not parazone

if you use a sponge you can get all of the water out and scrub like a mad woman

nappyaddict Thu 23-Jul-09 15:31:56

Swarfega

Lilymaid Thu 23-Jul-09 15:35:32

My dad always recommends "spirits of salts" - very much a lethal mixture but it works.

Mintyy Thu 23-Jul-09 15:39:07

"Spirit of salts" is caustic soda, which you get from the hardware shop. It is acid and sort of burns the limescale off. Works very well.

FourArms Thu 23-Jul-09 15:51:37

If you repeatedly plunge the loo brush down the u-bend, then the water disappears which aids cleaning (and is a bit easier than using a sponge )

wasabipeanut Thu 23-Jul-09 19:54:14

All good tips - you must all have fabulously clean loos!

hereidrawtheline Thu 23-Jul-09 19:56:00

harpic is good, also denture tablets are good for upkeep, probably not so much a huge initial clean.

Metatron Thu 23-Jul-09 19:57:23

you could just flush it and hold the ball cock up so it doesn't refill.

blithedance Thu 23-Jul-09 20:05:46

Well I found an old pack of Limelite capsules under the sink today and thought "aha, loo stains". Put a kettle of hot water down the loo plus the limelite, then after half an hour attacked the stain with a scourer - much improved!

essentially the problem is stained limescale so you need to dissolve it or scrape it. An old pumice stone can help too, did that in the old house that was a bit like your one.

Tiredmumno1 Sat 25-Jul-09 16:20:37

Harpic power plus is actually the life saver. You leave it for an hour for really bad stains + it should lift off, when you give it a scrub.

Littledawley Sat 25-Jul-09 16:25:07

Cilit bang stuff is brilliant. Biological washing powder is also really good on most kinds of stains.

ChristieF Wed 29-Jul-09 14:06:02

I used to love Cillit Bang but find I now can't breathe in the same room as it. Actually gasping for breath.

SilverSixpence Wed 29-Jul-09 15:37:30

we had serious stains in our loos when we moved in, the toilet was black! harpic power plus tablets (2 overnight, twice) plus scrubbing the next day did the trick and the loo is now sparkling grin

whomovedmychocolate Wed 29-Jul-09 15:40:44

Caustic soda - that's what you need. Nasty stuff but does the job.

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