Aside from major plumbing issues, one of the most common issues with plumbing fixtures is the stains that they accrue. Plumbing fixtures include toilets, sinks, and bathtubs, etc., and over time, they can begin to get stains if you don’t stay on top of cleaning. For each fixture, there is a different method of cleaning. Below, the Knight Plumbing team has outlined some expert tips for getting rid of the stubborn stains in your plumbing fixtures.
If you do not flush a toilet regularly, you will develop an orange/brown ring at the water line in the bowl. Though it is most commonly due to hard water that is stagnant and leaves mineral stains on the surface of the bowl, it also could be mold from the stagnant water. If you’ve ever tried to clean this ring, you know it can be stubborn to remove. First, you should try toilet bleach and a scrub brush. If that doesn’t work, you can move to the more aggressive pumice stone, which uses abrasion to completely remove the stain from the bowl.
As with toilet stains, orange stains can develop in your tub from stagnant water and cause mildew, or just from hard water depositing minerals on the surface. With tubs, you also have to worry about the walls staining because water can leak from the stem of the showerhead or faucet and run down the tub wall. Similar to toilet stains, you should first try using cleaning bleach with a sponge. If that doesn’t work, you should try using a mixture of baking soda and vinegar. Create the paste mixture and then spread it all over the stain. Let this sit for about 20-30 minutes, and then go to work with the sponge. If this doesn’t work, consider using something more extreme like the RotoScrub.
Sink stains are less common than the previous two and are generally easier to clean. This is because sinks are generally better at draining water and don’t typically have water sitting in them as often or for the same duration of time. You may get some mineral deposit stains, which can usually be removed without much effort. If they are stubborn, you should use the mixture of baking soda and vinegar that was mentioned for bathtubs. After this, it should come out squeaky clean!
If you are having any major plumbing issues, be sure to give Knight Plumbing a call. We are always available to answer any questions you may have and offer 24/7 emergency services, so you’re never without help. Give us a call today!