What is it, where does it come from and, most important, how to get rid of it once and for all!
“Toilet bowl rings are not only unsightly, if you don’t do anything about them, they can get downright gross and develop into bacterial hazards for humans and thirsty pets.”… Don Aslett
Where do they come from? In brief it goes like this: while the predominate portion of the toilet bowl is always wet and covered in water, the very edge of the water line and the area under the rim get wet every time we flush and then dries before becoming wet again and again throughout the day. This constant change from wet to dry slowly deposits bits of hard water minerals, rust and lime which begin building up in the bowl. These minerals in the water supply lead to hardened toilet bowl rings that harbor and promote the growth of bacteria, molds and mildew, which form into unsightly toilet bowl rings.
What are toilet rings made of? Toilet bowl rings are a combination of minerals, bacteria, and molds. Here are some facts about each of these culprits:
Toilet bowl rings can be the cause of hard water with an acidic, or low, pH level. White crusty deposits begin to accumulate around the bowl from water that is rich in calcium or magnesium. These deposits, often seen as white to gray-hued bowl rings, may be reduced or eliminated entirely with proper and regular cleaning. Toilet bowl rings that look like rust stains are caused by an abundance of iron in the water. These rings are sometimes the most difficult to remove as cleaners that include bleach can actually make the stain permanent. We recommend a cleaner with a blend of acids such as Safety Foam to remove stubborn rust stains.
Bacteria: The Accumulation of Serratia Marcescens
The pink to blotchy red ring that often accumulates just above the water line in a toilet bowl is caused by a bacterium known as Serratia marcescens. It thrives in conditions that are wet and see a constant introduction of fat or phosphorous-laden materials, such as feces, soap products and/or food products. Routine and thorough cleaning is the only way to keep the bacteria under control. We suggest using Safety Foam and a Johnny Mop to wash the toilet bowl ring and beneath the rim around the bowl. If the situation continues, pour 1/4 cup of chlorine bleach into the tank of the toilet and allow it to disinfect for about 20 minutes. Then flush the toilet multiple times to remove any excess bleach from the tank and continue with regular and thorough cleaning.
Mold or Mildew Build-up
Mold or mildew manifests in your toilet bowl as a black, orangey or green ring that can also spread in streaks up or down the inside of the bowl. Black mold often leaves dark stains. Safety Foam’s recommended application method allows it to remain on the bowl surface undiluted for a few minutes to let the product do the work for you. That dwell time effectively cleans mold and mildew rings from your toilet bowl with each weekly to monthly cleanings. Safety Foam dissolves the mold ring and it is simply rinsed away the next time the toilet is flushed.
Eliminating The Ring:
Cleaning toilets is often the least favorite chore. We recommend using Safety Foam and a Johnny Mop to get the job done fast and easy. Check out this video demonstration:
When a cleaner and bowl mop just aren’t enough:
Pumice Stone: The Pumice Stone is the professional cleaners choice to remove the most difficult hard water scale from the toilet bowl for good. Bleach doesn’t work – it just lightens the ring. The Pumice Stone actually breaks it apart and removes it – consider it like an eraser for the ring. Here’s how it works:
Just wet the stone to avoid scratching the surface of the bowl. Do not use pumice stone on colored porcelain.
Lightly rub the pumice stone on the ring at the edge of the water line, under the rinsing holes and under the rim
After using the pumice stone use Safety Foam and a Johnny Mop regularly to keep the ring from coming back.
Shaw’s Pads: Shaw’s Pads are a chemical-free way to clean all types of stains on your ceramic tiles, swimming pools, porcelain toilets and sinks. They contain no harsh chemicals so they are environmentally friendly and perfectly safe for septic systems. Use them to remove those nasty stains and hard water build up in your toilet. They also work great to remove crusted deposits on your pool tiles. Simply moisten the pad and gently rub the area to be cleaned.
So if you haven’t tried Don Aslett’s Safety Foam Toilet Bowl cleaner, stop chasing that ring around the toilet! Our Annual Stock Up Sale is going on now and you can save up to 33% through September 30th. We hope to hear from you soon!