There was a lot of stains down in the puddle (?) of my toilet and toilet gel (that has bleach/javel in it, this product) and anticalc (the spray to wash lime scale off) and toilet brush didn't help. So I scrubbed it with an iron sponge. Now there is a shadow in the puddle on the porcelain which doesn't go off with anything.

I have dried the puddle (yes, taken the water out by hand) and washed with high consentrations of those liquids and the toilet brush but the shadow is still there. What can I do? And I have almost one day before returning the room.

(This is how it looks like)

Thanks in advance!!

  • Is your toilet really, really, really old? I've never seen a modern toilet accumulate stains like you describe. Might be time for a replacement (that uses less water, too). – isherwood Aug 29 '19 at 19:39
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    @isherwood It actually is 20+ years old, and the landlord insists it can be cleaned. Spring was a typo for sponge, edited, and javel is apparently the French/Dutch name of bleach (I got it in Belgium). I included a link to the product and to the photo of the toilet. – ManuHaq Aug 29 '19 at 20:29
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    Iron sponge? Does that mean steel wool? – isherwood Aug 29 '19 at 20:37
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    Try Coca-Cola. Fill the "puddle" with Coke and let it sit for a couple of hours. The acid might do the trick. – Greg Nickoloff Aug 29 '19 at 20:48
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    @isherwood maybe I'm using the wrong English term for it. The kind of "sponge" which is like filaments of curly iron and used in washing the dishes (this, I looked up steel wool and it was a bit different—not like the thing used for dishes.) – ManuHaq Aug 29 '19 at 21:30

Try Iron OUT or similar cleaners with sodium hydrosulfite and/or sodium metabisulfite, which reduce iron and manganese stains, rather than bleach (Javel) which does the opposite. Place a paper towel over the stain and soak in the remover, so that it does not run off immediately. Let it sit for some hours and repeat as needed.

Do not use abrasives such as pumice, or hydrofluoric acid (HF), as in Whink Rust Stain Remover, which will remove the stain, but will also permanently damage the china bowl... which your landlord may ask you to replace.

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  • Thanks a lot @DrMoishe Pippik! – ManuHaq Sep 3 '19 at 11:10

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