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The secrets to achieving a spotless toilet!

Friday June 23, 2017

Clean and simple: a series of blogs from Cleanline expert Rod Hale.

We asked our Cleanline expert ‘What cleaning routine should we use to remove stubborn stains from the toilet bowl?’

And here’s what he told us…

Cleanline Expert – Rod Hale Twitter – @rodhale2

Cleanline Expert – Rod Hale Twitter – @rodhale2

It’s not glamourous, but the fact is, one of the most important tasks in housekeeping is cleaning toilets, whether they are situated in a luxury guest room or front of house communal washroom – all toilets must be spotless.

A toilet that has been cleaned well will be free from any stains or ‘high tide’ marks (caused by uric scale), with clear water in the bowl and a fresh, pleasant fragrance. One of the trickiest parts of cleaning toilets, and one which I am asked about frequently, is removing the build-up of uric scale.

So what is uric scale? Uric scale is caused by minerals in the water used to flush the system and deposits of uric salt crystals from urine. Over time, the salts coat the inside of the toilet bowl, leaving a ‘high tide’ mark where the water sits in the bowl. Uric scale can also form in the pipes, restricting the flow of water and waste into the sewer.

Uric scale is a common cause of smelly and dirty toilets – so swift removal is a must. They don’t only look unpleasant but they are also an ideal breeding ground for bacteria.

The best daily routine for cleaning toilets, which deals with uric scale before it becomes a problem, is as follows:

  1. Push the toilet brush into the bowl and pump it up and down vigorously five or six times. This cleans the bowl of debris, and lowers the water level to expose the ‘high tide‘ mark where minerals and uric scale are usually deposited
  2. Using the directional nozzle, squirt Cleanline daily toilet cleaner under the rim all the way round and allow it to run down into the toilet bowl
  3. After a few minutes, brush the inside of the bowl vigorously paying attention to under the rim and the ’high tide‘ mark
  4. Flush, and if required squirt another small measure of Cleanline daily toilet cleaner into the bowl as visual proof that the work has been completed

If you run out of toilet cleaner, it takes longer, but here’s the old-fashioned way of doing it:

  1. Follow step one above
  2. Pour about a cup of vinegar into the toilet bowl and swish it around with a toilet brush. Let it sit for about five minutes
  3. Add about 1 cup of baking soda to the toilet bowl and follow it by adding another cup of vinegar
  4. Allow about 10 minutes whilst the fizzing action does the cleaning
  5. Swish the mixture around the toilet bowl with the toilet brush, making sure to get the solution onto stains above the water line and the “high tide mark”
  6. Let the vinegar and soda solution sit for a few more minutes, then scrub away any remaining stains and flush

I train housekeeping staff in catering and hospitality operations throughout the UK, and I always recommend this simple cleaning routine with Cleanline daily toilet cleaner. I’m happy to say that the feedback is always positive, and housekeepers are well pleased with the results.

Of course, the added benefit of using Cleanline, is that customers get access to the free Cleanline e-learning website. Where not only can they receive the latest COSHH awareness training, but they can also view a product resource video for each of the core Cleanline products – including the Cleanline daily toilet cleaner.

For more information about the Cleanline range, and the e-learning website, please contact your local Bunzl Catering Supplies branch – or take a look at our new Cleanline e-brochure.