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Toilet Cleaning

Hard water stains are unsightly and difficult to clean. The deposits, caused by minerals in hard water, build up on faucets, showers, sinks, and toilets. There are numerous toilet cleaning products available on the market designed for the removal of hard water deposits. However, one of the most effective cleaners is the common household product white vinegar. In addition, a Benjamin Franklin Plumbing® of Rosenberg plumber in Houston can provide the professional treatment of hard water buildup in your toilet, including its inner workings. The flush performance and its appearance will be greatly improved. However, if you prefer, our plumbers can provide toilet installation for you.

Cleaning the toilet is not an enjoyable task by anyone’s standards. Nevertheless, it is a task that is required, hard water stains and all. The stains can build up under the rim, and inside the flush ring, which is the path of the water from the tank to the bowl. The deposits can cause a weak flush. If you need toilet repair, contact a plumber in Houston.

Vinegar is an acidic product, with the ability to dissolve hard water deposits.  Eventually, the build-up inside the flush ring restricts its water flow and is the reason many toilets are replaced. If the following does not improve your toilets flush, contact a Benjamin Franklin Plumbing® of Rosenberg plumber in Houston.

Use the following directions to dissolve the deposits inside the toilets vital flush ring and siphon jet:

  1. Turn the water off to the fixture. Plunge out all the water possible.
  2. Place a funnel inside the overflow tube, located inside the tank.  Pour about 1 quart of white vinegar down the funnel. Allow the vinegar to soak for 1-2 hours if the buildup is severe; allow the vinegar to soak overnight without flushing. For heavy deposits, multiple applications may be necessary. Do not allow the vinegar to splash into your eyes!
  3. To loosen hard water stains in the bowl, pour enough vinegar into it to cover the stains.

Removing Residual Hard Water Buildup

There may be residual stains left behind, even after multiple applications. For this situation, use a toothbrush dipped in vinegar or a natural pumice stone. However, the use of pumice is not recommended on colored toilets due to the potential for the removal of color. Use the following technique with a pumice stone:

  • Wet the stone with water and rub gently at the residue until it disappears. Keep the stone and the bowl wet to help avoid scratching the porcelain.

Toilet Replacement

It is expected for the components inside the tank to require periodic replacement due to age, wear and tear. As the toilet ages, the surface becomes scratched and is increasingly difficult to clean. If you find yourself cleaning the toilet with a growing frequency, consider replacing it. A Benjamin Franklin Plumbing® of Rosenberg plumber in Houston can provide the plumbing services you require.


White vinegar can also be used to remove unsightly deposits on faucets, showerheads, faucet aerators, and other surfaces. Ensure you test an inconspicuous area before use to avoid damage to the finish. Showerheads and aerators can be soaked in vinegar. If you require a showerhead replacement or installation, contact a plumber in Houston. To remove hard water buildup on faucets, use a spray bottle to mist vinegar on the affected areas, or “paint” them on with an artist’s brush or another object. Allow to soak for 30 minutes and scrub residue with a soft vinegar-soaked toothbrush after spraying once more. If necessary, repeat until the buildup is removed. Never use abrasive scrubbers as they may scratch the faucet finish.

Aerator and Showerhead

Hard water deposits in a faucet aerator can seriously affect the water flow. If you are experiencing reduced water pressure or an erratic spray, a clogged the aerator is likely. Cleaning an aerator is simple.

Unscrew the aerator and remove the washer setting it aside. Remove any loose debris and rinse the aerator with water. Allow it to soak in vinegar for half an hour or longer if necessary. Use a soft toothbrush to remove any remaining debris and rinse thoroughly. Replace the gasket and the aerator. Now, test the water flow. If the water flow is normal without an aerator, and the device continues to restrict the water flow to replace it. When the flow in the faucet is restricted without the aerator, contact a Benjamin Franklin Plumbing® of Rosenberg plumber in Houston for pipe repair.

When hard water is causing you problems, consider installing a water softener system to treat your home’s water supply. A Benjamin Franklin Plumbing® of Rosenberg plumber in Houston can answer your questions, and provide you with a quote. Our professional licensed plumbers strive to exceed your expectations, and offer the expertise the meet or exceed plumbing industry standards. We serve Houston, Sugar Land, Katy, and the surrounding areas, and are a member of the BBB with an A+ rating. Contact our team at (281) 616-3978 today!