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Post by gringal Sun Jul 11, 2021 12:09 pm

Rusty stains in toilet bowl:

Any suggestions beyond what I've already tried, with very little success: Clorox, straight bleach, Clorox tile cleaner, several kinds of Harpic, Ajax cleanser... (and plenty of elbow grease)?

Pre-covid, I had a bi-weekly housecleaner who used something that worked. But WHAT?

Any ideas much appreciated.

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Post by Heem Sun Jul 11, 2021 12:22 pm

Pumice stone. Available at Super Lake.
Press only hard enough to remove the stain. You want to preserve the porcelain.

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Post by ferret Sun Jul 11, 2021 12:56 pm

I bet your housekeeper was using Sarricida (pink and available in most hardware stores in a 1 litre bottle).
Or you can use pumice as Heem states. This is not the same very hard pumice stones that people use on their calloused heels. It is softer and volcanic in origin and comes in various sizes and shapes. Works great. I used to find it on the beach in San Pancho. It floats.
Or you can use wet/dry 220 grit sandpaper. It is black in colour and you use it WET.
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Post by gringal Sun Jul 11, 2021 4:38 pm

Thanks! I now have hope!
Very Happy

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Post by BisbeeGal Sun Jul 11, 2021 6:02 pm

Pumice should be safest.  I used it on a talevera toilet for 10+ years at our Bisbee house (toilet purchased in  Nogales).  I use it here on one purchased in Dolores Hidalgo in 2017.  

I buy the pumice sticks from Amazon---once you start using them they conform to the round surface.  I tried the "natural" ones here but they were too bulky for me (I have hand issues).  

When we lived in DC-Metro we bought a home with a beautiful bight red Kohler kitchen sink..we swapped out the faucet set and it exposed some previous unexposed surface.  I was afraid to buff it (had white well water stain), so I contacted Kohler and was told pumice was the answer and wouldn't harm porcelain.  It didn't.
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Post by CHILLIN Sun Jul 11, 2021 6:28 pm

We recently purchased a high toilet from Cato. They say they are now sealing their ceramic toilets with a liquid plastic spray. They say do not use abrasives because this will remove the protective anti stain coating. Other than that, I dont know what to say. The water here in Chapala Haciendas is clear and abundent.

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Post by benjji Mon Jul 12, 2021 8:33 am

Our maid has used Bartender's Friend....but she attacks the stain when it first begins so it has never been very noticeable. The wells in Jocotepec are very poor right now and we are also seeing light gravel in our shower heads.

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Post by mattoleriver Mon Jul 12, 2021 8:50 am

The secret to Bar Keeper's Friend is oxalic acid. Oxalic acid will bleach the rust stains while cleansers with other bleaches will not. Another cleanser with oxalic acid is Zud.
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Post by rcampbel Tue Jul 13, 2021 1:07 pm

My wife uses Lysol Advanced toilet cleaner, it will take the rust off if it isn't too bad.

If it is too much for the Lysol, I use "Res Care" which is the resin cleaner which I use in my water softener tank to clean the resin of my water softener. The main ingredient is phosphoric acid, so you need to use precautions such as half mask, eye protection and hand protection. You can dilute it with water. I use a sponge and just wipe it on, it takes off the rust immediately. Then just flush. I also use it to clean the rust off my shower. Again just wipe on and flush it off. I don't know if this is available there, I am in Canada.

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Post by artsnob Tue Jul 13, 2021 1:39 pm

My cleaner use Coke on a rag, twice and it is good as new...

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Post by gringal Wed Jul 14, 2021 6:48 am

artsnob wrote:My cleaner use Coke on a rag, twice and it is good as new...

I LOVE that one! My husband used to use it to clean his hub caps. I do wonder what it does to your guts??

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Post by ferret Wed Jul 14, 2021 7:51 am

I've got no rust deposits in my guts.
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Post by gringal Wed Jul 14, 2021 7:55 am

ferret wrote:I've got no rust deposits in my guts.

...so it works!! Beer

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Post by ferret Wed Jul 14, 2021 8:22 am

Yup. And all my liver enzymes are in the middle of the normal range.
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Post by helohfe Wed Jul 14, 2021 8:29 am

The best product I have ever used is available at Wall-Mart in the USA..It is named "Super Iron Out" it is a powder that you add to the toilet bowl and let it sit for awhile. It completely removes all Rust stains. May be able to order online..I bring my supply when I travel back and forth..

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Post by Canmex 87 Wed Jul 14, 2021 9:46 am

helohfe wrote:The best product I have ever used is available at Wall-Mart in the USA..It is named "Super Iron Out" it is a powder that you add to the toilet bowl and let it sit for awhile. It completely removes all Rust stains. May be able to order online..I bring my supply when I travel back and forth..

You can buy it on Amazon Mx.

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Post by BisbeeGal Wed Jul 14, 2021 10:25 am

Canmex 87 wrote:
helohfe wrote:The best product I have ever used is available at Wall-Mart in the USA..It is named "Super Iron Out" it is a powder that you add to the toilet bowl and let it sit for awhile. It completely removes all Rust stains. May be able to order online..I bring my supply when I travel back and forth..

You can buy it on Amazon Mx.

But at that mark-up, who would?!?!?!
Price check same item----Amazon US to a US address, $12.80 USD
                                     Amazon MX to MX address,  $59.12 USD (listed at 1176p)

fyi, Amazon US to MX address $23.00 BUT WITH A $107.13 USD shipping charge!!!!  

I love Amazon both US and MX, but some items are not worth the mark-up.
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Post by slainte39 Wed Jul 14, 2021 8:58 pm

ferret wrote:I've got no rust deposits in my guts.

For me, Coca light is the best medicine for an upset stomach, better than any of the so-called stuff you can get at the farrmacias, like Pepto-Bismol, Alka-Seltzer, Maalox, etc.
Years ago, in the US, doctors used to prescribe coca cola syrup, even for children, for upset stomachs, after all it was "invented" by pharmacists and for years it was the best source for "pure water" in many places in Mexico. The cane sugar and diabetics was it´s only downside.

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Post by gringal Thu Jul 15, 2021 10:42 am

I understand that the original "Coke" invented by the pharmacists had some interesting ingredients missing in today's version.
Beer

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Post by ComputerGuy Thu Jul 15, 2021 11:46 am

The inventor had cancer and an addiction to morphine. At the time, the market was burgeoning with bottled snake-oil remedies. There were no laws governing ingredients. But he was an honest pharmacist and purveyor, who wanted to make his fortune in the world of miracle cures. Eventually he sold his formula to someone else and then died. It contained both coca leaves and cocaine.

Asa Candler was a marketing genius, and his new drink (Coca Cola) was a hit. He urged the federal government to pass laws against his competitors for false advertising, which they did, and one of the first places they raided was his own factory. In a twist of fate, he had removed the cola leaves from the formula, and was therefore now breaking the law.

The amount of cocaine was reduced over time, between 1887 at the start of sales, and 1929 when it was removed completely.

How do I know all this? A TV series called THE FOOD THAT BUILT AMERICA. Did you know that Dr. Kellogg did NOT create Corn Flakes, but rather granola? He ran a health and wellness centre, and refused to sell cereal to the general public. His brother accidentally created the flakes one day from a batch that got left out overnight, and many years later was able to buy out his brother's interest to create Kellogg's Corn Flakes. But a previous worker at the centre, a man named POST, had already stolen the recipe for the granola, and was now a bigwig in the cereal business with what he called Grape Nuts.

I can't wait to see the one about popsicles...
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Post by CHILLIN Thu Jul 15, 2021 5:13 pm

We have a new Cato toilet, maximum elevation. It is very glossy and they say new toilets are sprayed with polymer varnishes which restrict staining. They say do not use abrasives because they will remove the coating and the staining will return. Does it work? The new toilet certainly seems less stained than our other toilet.
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Post by ComputerGuy Thu Jul 15, 2021 6:49 pm

I, too, have a new Cato extra height (what's with all the shorty toilets here anyway?), and told my cleaning lady to never use chemicals or abrasives. No idea about any polymer varnishes, but common sense tells me a brush and some bathroom cleaner works just as well here as it does back home. She ruined the finish on the last toilet.

This of course does not help anyone trying to remove rust stains.
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