How to Remove Metal Stains from a Toilet

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How to Remove Metal Stains from a Toilet
How to Remove Metal Stains from a Toilet

Did you use a brush or metal plunger and leave a visible mark on your porcelain toilet? Calm down: it doesn't have to be the end of the world. Just use one or more of the guidelines in this article, depending on where the brand is and the size of the damage. The options are varied, from passing a pumice stone to sprinkling a specific acid on the material. Read the tips below and everything will work out!


Method 1 of 3: Removing Marks with a Pumice Stone

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Step 1. Wet the pumice stone with tap water

Pumice is porous and abrasive in nature. Therefore, you can pass the material under the sink faucet so that it absorbs the water before cleaning begins.

  • Before starting to remove the metal mark, clean the toilet to avoid spreading germs and bacteria.
  • Leave the pumice stone wet at all times. This optimizes her cleaning properties. Be careful not to unintentionally make the situation worse!
  • If you don't have a pumice stone, use a microfiber sponge or some such material.
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Step 2. Rub the pumice stone lightly on the marks

Take the pumice stone by one end and rub the other over the metal marks. This type of mark is not that deep, affecting only the most superficial layers of the porcelain. You will likely see results within seconds.

  • Do not apply force to the pumice stone, or it may remove the finish from the porcelain.
  • Pumice leaves brown residues behind, but they are not permanent. Use running water to remove everything.
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Step 3. Rinse the pumice stone with water or a damp cloth

Pour some water into the toilet or use a damp cloth (if the marks are on the outside). If the problem persists, repeat the process with the pumice stone until everything is removed.

You will need to push harder if the marks are large and dark, but be careful not to overdo it and end up breaking the pumice or damaging the porcelain

Method 2 of 3: Using A Powder Cleaning Acid

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Step 1. Saturate an abrasive sponge with water

Purchase an abrasive sponge that is made for porcelain surfaces. Do not use accessories that have metal lint or are not recommended for this type of material, as you risk making the situation even worse. In any case, remember to soak the sponge with water.

In general, even the yellow side of that regular kitchen sponge will do - but it's always better to use a material made specifically for porcelain

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Step 2. Sprinkle the cleaning acid on the marks

Use enough volume of powder to cover all marks. In this case, you don't need to wet the porcelain first: the sponge is already saturated and will dissolve the acid on its own.

  • There are a few specific brands of cleaning acids, but any product made for ceramic surfaces (such as cooktops) will do.
  • Be careful not to buy products made with bleach. They have no effect on metal marks.
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Step 3. Rub the sponge in the cleaning acid with force until all marks are removed

Keep rubbing until the marks are removed. Unlike the pumice method, you need to exert force to repair the porcelain.

Wet the sponge again from time to time, but squeeze the material tightly to remove excess acid. And repeat the process

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Step 4. Remove acid residue and repeat application as necessary

Remove all acid and water residues with a clean damp cloth and see if the metal marks have disappeared. If yes, ready! If not, repeat the process from the beginning: wet the sponge, apply the powder, rub and rinse.

Some brands are tougher than others, but be patient and you'll be able to take it all off

Method 3 of 3: Emptying the Toilet

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Step 1. Place towels around the toilet to protect the floor from splashes and debris

Place two large towels around the base of the toilet (and, if possible, even at the back) to prevent water or cleaner from staining the tiles. Do not use new parts unless you can put everything in the washing machine right away.

Paper towels will do, too, but you'll need almost a whole roll to cover the floor around the toilet

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Step 2. Turn off the toilet water

Most modern toilet models have a shut-off valve at the back. Turn it until the water turns off. Otherwise, you won't be able to empty the structure and access the tags inside it.

You don't need to turn off the water if there are metal marks just outside the toilet

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Step 3. Activate the flush for a few seconds until the toilet tank is empty

Remove the toilet tank lid and flush the toilet until most of the water is removed. It is normal to have some liquid left. Also, the process takes a few minutes.

  • If the toilet does not empty at the same time as you trigger the flush, continue holding the button or lever for a few seconds.
  • You should only advance when there is nothing left in the tank.
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Step 4. Pour water from a bucket into the toilet to finish emptying the structure

After a while, you will see that there is still some water left in the toilet. At this point, the best solution is to pour about 10 L of the liquid into it. Pour a bucket about 2 feet above the porcelain to increase the impact pressure.

That's when the towels you've placed on the floor come in handy, as the water will splash and fall in the wrong places

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Step 5. Use a large sponge to soak up the rest of the water in the toilet or sink

Take a large, dry sponge and remove what is left of the water in the toilet or sink. The minimum necessary is that the marks inside the porcelain are exposed, but it costs nothing to go all the way.

  • Buy a pack of sponges. You may have to use several of them to soak up the remaining water.
  • Enjoy and wash the toilet with detergent if it is very dirty, but be prepared to have to simulate flushing once more with a bucket before continuing with the cleaning.
  • Sprinkle baking soda on the marks and then pour vinegar on them. Use a clean cloth to remove everything.

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