Suzanne said, “How do I remove a Harpic blue stain from my acrylic toilet seat please?”
Dyes are often used in toilet bowl cleaners to let you know that they’re there, which is important to ensure that you don’t accidentally mix them with another cleaning chemical. However, if the dyes that are used in these cleaners get on a surface outside the bowl, such as on a toilet seat or lid, they can leave stains. Use the information in the steps below to remove the stains.
You Will Need:
- A cleaner (choose one):
- Rubbing alcohol
- Oxygen bleach
- Mr. Clean Magic Eraser
- Chlorine bleach
- Paper towels
- Scrub brush or sponge
Steps to Remove the Stains:
- First, rinse the area thoroughly with water. It is important to rinse away all of the cleaner first to ensure that it does not mix with any cleaning solution that you use to remove the dye stain left behind.
- Rubbing alcohol is a great choice for removing dyes from almost any surface. Soak a paper towel or cloth with the alcohol, then lay the cloth over the stain. Let the alcohol soak for a few minutes, then scrub the area with a scrub brush or sponge. Repeat the process as many times as needed to remove the stain.
- If you have oxygen bleach on hand, this also a great choice. Scrub the stains with either liquid or powdered oxygen bleach mixed with some water until the stains are gone.
- Another great choice for this situation is a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. Simply wet the eraser, then scrub away the stain. Wash the area with soapy water afterward to remove any residue that may remain from the cleaning.
- If nothing else works to remove the stain and your toilet seat is white, then chlorine bleach is your best bet. (Be sure to rinse the area thoroughly first if you used a Magic Eraser or other cleaner prior to using chlorine, as the combination can create a toxic gas.) Dilute the bleach in some water (equal parts bleach and water), then pour it on the stain. If the stain is on the side edge of the toilet seat, the bleach can be poured on a paper towel and then pressed onto the stain. Leave the bleach on the stain for a couple minutes, then wipe it off. Repeat the process until the stain is gone, then wash the area with soapy water. (Do not use dish liquid to make the soapy water if it contains ammonia.) Be sure to put down a plastic tarp to prevent the bleach mixture from dripping onto the floor or surrounding surfaces as it may permanently damage them.
Additional Tips and Advice
- If these stains are a consistent problem, a plastic eraser is a good investment to keep on hand so you can quickly rub them away.
- Toilet bowl cleaners usually contain either hydrochloric acid or chlorine bleach, both of which can be extremely dangerous if mixed with other chemicals.
- Even with hard surfaces, it’s always a good idea to test a cleaner on a small, hidden area first to look for any adverse reaction.
- Clean It Fast, Clean It Right by Jeff Bredenberg
- Don Aslett’s Stainbuster’s Bible by Don Aslett