I have plastic toilet seats. There is a yellow urine stain on the
underside of the toilet seat from backsplash. I can't remove it! I've tried
cleaner with bleach and that takes care of most of it, but not All of it.
I would love to take a scrub brush to it, but don't know what is safe to
use on the plastic. If I use a regular hand held scrub brush, do I have to
keep it for just this use exclusively?
And once I get the stain removed, how often am I supposed to clean the
toilet seat to keep it from coming back?
It doesn't come off with water, needs some chemical attack.
I've used mild lye solution. First, spray water on the area.
Apply lye solution (1/4 tsp of lye into a cup of water) with a brush,
wait a few minutes, rinse (water spray again) and mop dry.
Rinse out your cloth and the brush, or lye will attack it. And
use gloves, of course.
I don't know what the stuff is, but the lye treatment seems to only
be necessary a couple of times a year (soapy water is the usual
cleaning medium). My seats are painted, so the paint will soften
if I overdo the lye (but plastic is not affected).
You can go to a discount store and buy a new toilet seat for about $20-$30.
I really do recommend a good quality thick hard plastic---not padded plastic
or the flimsy ones hotels use. I favored wood forever, until I had to buy
plastic one time, and I really wouldn't go back to wood. The plastic cleans
more easily. The cleaning process eventually causes the underside of a
wooden seat to deteriorate, and at that point the wood becomes more porous
and harder to clean.
I raised two sons, so I could probably be paid as an expert witness. :-)
replying to Donna in Texas, HarcX wrote:
Look at the question, the need is to remove the urine stains NOT to buy a new
seat. I'll be very brave and hazard a guess the idea of buying a new seat has
actually crossed the mind.
Hi, I took the seat off and soaked it in a large tub of hot water and very
concentrated vanish napisan oxi action. It's enzyme not bleach based powder.
Guess what? Sparkly white seat. Can't believe it. If you saw how filthy it was,
it's quite remarkable. No scrubbing, spraying, and the whole seat gets the whole
clean at same time. Nice.
Thank you so much. I thought I had tried everything but obviously not as this
worked. I don't know how to take the toilet seat off this one as it is different
to our old one, so I put the Vanish Napisan into a bowl with hot water and made
a sort of runny paste wiped it on with a damp cloth and let it sit for about 10
minutes. I then got a scourer and scrubbed. Now for the first time in a while I
have a beautiful clean white seat.
I know the post is a month old, but...
Try muriatic acid (also known as HCl). Big-box stores typically sell it
in 1 gallon plastic jugs, usually as a pool supply. It's strong stuff,
but it has a lot of uses. Can remove soap and water calcification on
ceramic bathtubs and sinks and stainless steel sinks very easily. I use
it full strength (take a paper towel, hold it against the open mouth of
the jug and invert the jug a few times, then wipe the surface with the
wet paper towel). Will give off some strong fumes, will sting any open
cuts on your hands or finger tips but other than that it's harmless.
Just rinse with water.
Removes rust very quickly - I soak a lot of rusted screws and stuff in a
mix of hot water and muriatic acid. It's about the only thing that can
remove dried cat pee stains from a variety of surfaces (plastic,
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