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It doesn’t really matter how luxurious the rest of your bathroom is if the bottom of the toilet bowl looks like, well … you-know-what. Everyone but everyone is totally grossed out by those brown toilet stains – which are not caused by ‘number twos’, by the way. Actually, that brown stain in the bottom of the toilet bowl is caused by a build-up of minerals – and today, we’re going to discuss how to finally get rid of it.

What’s the deal with ‘Hard Water’?

In Queensland and Gold Coast, the tap water is notably ‘hard’ – meaning it contains quite a lot of calcium and magnesium. This sort of limescale buildup is famous for causing incredibly stubborn discolouration at the bottom of the toilet bowl. The real problem with limescale stains, however, isn’t the gross colour – but just how gosh darn difficult it is to go about removing that brown stain from a toilet bowl.

The problem with those brown toilet stains is that limescale actually isn’t brown – it starts off white. Over time, it picks up every speck of dirt and grime it comes into contact with and hardens into permanently brown toilet stains – so how on earth do we go about getting rid of them? Your trusted Gold Coast plumbers list down the best way in removing those gross brown toilet stains! Read on:

How to remove brown stains from toilet bowls

1. Vinegar

After splashing it in your fish ‘n’ chips, take that white vinegar to the toilet. And don’t be stingy – throw a whole litre in there. Let it sit for as long as you have the patience for, and even consider leaving it there overnight. The next day, give that brown stain a good scrub and flush.

2. Citric acid

While vinegar is mildly acidic, citric acid is … more acidic. We used to get it from lemon juice but now it’s extracted from certain types of moulds. More importantly, it’s probably even more effective than vinegar for getting rid of that brown stain in the toilet.

Simply pour a kettle of almost boiling water into the bowl, follow up with 250ml of citric acid, and leave it for some hours – preferably overnight. The next day, scrub and flush.

3. Dishwasher tablet

What’s good for those caked-on pots and pans after cooking dinner is also good for removing a brown stain on the bottom of the toilet bowl. So let’s throw a dishwasher tablet into the toilet and see what happens.

Just let it dissolve, give it a bit of a helping hand with the toilet brush, let it sit for as long as your patience will tolerate then scrub, flush and inspect your (hopefully disappeared) stain.

4. Sandpaper

We’ve left the least attractive solution for last – because it will involve putting your hands into the toilet bowl. Ew.

But if the other methods didn’t work, it’s worth a last-gasp effort to physically scrub off that horrible stain. Just make sure you get a fairly fine-grained sandpaper so you don’t actually damage the bowl, and don’t scrub too hard.

We can help with your brown toilet stains!

Need professional advice and the assistance of fully licensed and highly experienced bathroom plumbing specialists with all the best techniques, products and equipment? Here at Gold Coast Plumbing Experts, we repair or replace toilets just like yours with guaranteed workmanship – so give the friendly team a call today.