How to Clean Urine Stains from A Toilet Bowl

How to Clean Urine Stains from A Toilet Bowl

Clearly, the most obvious way not to have urine stains in a toilet bowl that needs cleaning is to have a good regime of regular cleaning that prevents the stains from forming.  Whenever clean urine stains from a toilet bowl make sure to wear gloves and read the instructions on any product that you use carefully.  Many react together, so be sure not to mix products, if you are unsuccessful with one then clean thoroughly with water before using another.

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Regular Hygiene to Clean Urine Stains from A Toilet Bowl.

There is any number of ways to ensure that stains and marks do not build up in your toilet bowl – an automatic toilet cleaner can be installed either within the bowl in into the cistern.  This delivers a cleaning product with each flush, to ensure that cleanliness is maintained and that stains do not build up.

There are lots of different products on the market that offer automatic cleaning urine stain in toilet bowl, and the chemical can be a liquid, a tablet, administered through a plastic holder with replaceable solids within it – there is a wide variety, some color the water, some don’t – and they fit all price ranges.

As well as the installation of best automatic toilet bowl cleaner, a thorough wipe down of the seat and external areas (don’t forget the underside of the seat!) using any bathroom disinfectant, cleaner or bleach on a regular basis as part of your bathroom maintenance cleaning will ensure that stains and scale do not build up.

How to remove urine stains from toilet seat and bowl

However, we are going to look at what you do if you have a toilet that already has urine stains or scale.  If you have moved to a new house, or, are in a work situation where regular cleaning and maintenance has been neglected, then you will need to know how to take that bathroom back to shiny cleanliness.

For most bathroom stains a scrubbing brush, handheld plastic scrubbers, a bathroom cleaner, some bleach, and some enthusiasm are all that is needed.

Urine Scale and Sediment

If you have urine deposits within a toilet bowl it will not be a stain it will be a scale deposit.  Urine stains will be apparent around the underside of the seat, or around the outside of the toilet, and should be easy to remove with any commercially available toilet cleaning product and a bit of elbow grease.

Anything apparent in the bowl where the water has been regularly changed will be as a result of urine sediment and it is a hard, scale deposit that is hard to shift and has built up over a long period of time.  It is this deposit that is often to blame for smelly drains and toilets and to get anything close to a clean bathroom must be addressed.

It is important to clean any scale or sediment not only because it is unsightly, and smells, but also because it harbors bacteria.

What causes Urine Scale or Sediment within the Toilet Bowl?

 When urine mixes with water then the high levels of lime can cause a chemical reaction, which results in a hard deposit.  The uric acid within the urine reacts with the lime within the toilet water – creating a lime and magnesium compound.  This deposit is generally yellow-brown in color and gradually builds upon the surface of either the bowl or the urinal.

This is a gradual process, forming a very hard and difficult to remove build-up which is more than a stain.

If you are facing the question ‘How do I get rid of Urine Scale?’ then there are a number of solutions for you to try.

Vinegar as a Household Cleaner

VinegarVinegar is a cheap and efficient way of removing limescale and urine sediment from toilets as well as many other household uses.

Apply the vinegar to the area of the stain neat – it helps if you have removed any water in the bowl, and if it is in a difficult to access place then soak cloth or tissue with vinegar and apply this to the area.  Leave it for as long as possible – overnight is perfect, then wash off.  You may need to repeat the process, but it is very effective.

Coke and Baking Soda

Baking SodaCoke and Baking Soda will give you exactly the same result as the Vinegar.

Initially try the Banking Soda on its own.  Sprinkle into the water in the bowl, leave, and let it work its magic to remove the deposit.

If the Banking Soda alone hasn’t removed the scale deposit then you can add in the Coke – Pour Coke into the toilet and add a few spoons of Baking Powder.  This will foam, leave a couple of hours only, scrub and then flush.

Denture Cleaners or Dishwasher Tablets

Alternatives to the above can be at hand in many homes – and either may well work where other remedies have failed.  Add the tablet to the water in the bowl, leave, scrub and flush.

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Commercial Cleaners

There are many commercial cleaners on the market, many contain chlorine so please do read all of the instructions first and ensure that you follow them.

How to Remove Urine Stains from Toilet Bowls?

Whilst it is better to have a routine cleaning regime there will be occasions where you may be faced with long-term neglect and even scale deposits.

Taking a step by step approach to remove urine stains from the toilet will give the best results:

  1. Use a scrubbing brush and cloth, and your usual cleaning product or bleach clean the surface of the toilet both inside and out, not forgetting under the seat lid.
  2. If you have any stubborn areas of stain or marking left, then leave the product on for slightly longer.
  3. If there are areas of deposits that are not dissolved then try the solutions listed above to remove the limescale or urine sediment within the toilet bowl.
  4. Install an automatic cleaner and maintain a regular cleaning schedule.

I hope you like our article on removing urine stains from toilet bowl.


Author: Richard Forest

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