Toilet will not stay clean


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Old 04-25-06, 02:32 PM
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Toilet will not stay clean

I'm thinking about using those toilet tablets because my toilets will not stay clean and I'm having to wash them out every 2 to 3 days. I think some of the reason is that occasionally my kids forget to flush. Besides the discoloration of the bowl, I am noticing black marks like mildew. Luckily no bad odor. Somebody told me that the toilet tablets can create problems because they break up and get stuck in the toilet. I might try a liquid version if I can find one. Does anyone have any suggestions? The Ladyfixer
 
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Using the drop-in toilet cleaning tablets tends not to be recommended because they can cause deterioration of flapper and cause build-up in holes around rim and eventual blocking inflow of water. A weekly cleaning with toilet bowl cleaner, taking care to put a little elbow grease into your brushing beneath rim to disinfect and eliminate of mold and mildew is helpful. Discoloration can be a problem where there is high mineral content, particularly iron, in water. When tidying up each day, wiping toilet rim and seat may be necessary if you have children. A swish or two with the brush may be necessary to remove any residue in toilet bowl.
 
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Old 04-25-06, 03:01 PM
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Included with the above advice, if your toilet is an old one, the porcelain may be pitted. This will retain any small particles of dirt or minerals in the water. If you decide on a bowl cleaner, get the one that hangs inside the bowl, not the tank.
 
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Black usually means something growing...nasty.

I don't like "automatic bowl cleaners" that set in the tank. What I do is when I clean the toilet I flush and while the tank is refilling I add a splash of bleach (caution: use only about an eighth of a cup, that's a standard coffee measure) to the tank and let it sit for five minutes and then flush. Wait another five minutes and flush again.

Do NOT go overboard on the bleach treatment because it can etch the porcelain and rot out rubber parts.
 
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You might have some very hard water.
 
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Old 04-26-06, 11:50 AM
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Thanks for the advice. I will avoid the drop in tablets. I've used a little bleach at times. I will get one of those hang inside cleaners for my teen son's toilet and see if it will help. Meanwhile, I will just keep cleaning as usual. I've been using those new toilet cleaning brushes that you can throw away in the trash can. They are convient but costly. The Ladyfixer
 
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If you have high iron content or rust, avoid the bleach. Bleach tends to set rust stains.
 
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Sorry for such a late reply. I know this is a longshot but its possible that your toilet may be running and you dont realize it. We had this problem with one of our toilets. As much as we cleaned it we would get black mildew streaks in a couple of days. I just happen to notice one day when I was cleaning the toilet that I could hear a slight hissing sound and noticed it was constantly running just a little bit. Once I got that fixed I never had anymore trouble with mildew.
 
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Old 05-18-06, 01:04 PM
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i'd bet it's because it's not being flushed after every use. for a while, we weren't flushing at night, to avoid waking sleeping people, but we soon found that leaving them unflushed overnight, night after night, caused them to need cleaning about every 3 days, just like you're finding.

if you don't want to use the tablets in the tank, use the things that hang off the rim in the bowl. then you're just treating the bowl water.
 
 

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