Red, Brown, Rust, Green, & Other Colors - How to Get Rid of Them

These rings are sometimes the most difficult to remove as cleaners that include bleach actually make the stain permanent.
Remember to flush any guest or infrequently used toilets on a daily basis to avoid setting a stain. If these rings and discoloration are the result of some of the items mentioned previously, it is very important to take corrective action now to resolve the issues at hand. The appearance of these colors is a cause for concern regarding your home's pipes, fixtures, and appliances.
Many toilet bowl cleaners are available in spray-on or leave-in formats that effectively clean and break down stains from the toilet bowls with weekly to monthly cleanings. These cleaners dissolve the ring or stain and are rinsed away the next time the toilet is flushed.

For harder to remove stains you can use regular household bleach and a soft bristle brush to gently scrub the affected area. Avoid being too aggressive with cleaning solutions or abrasive methods as some cleaning methods may scratch and even remove the protective coating, sealant or finish on toilets. Thus, making them more susceptible to staining, mold or mildew, bacteria growth, and mineral deposit rings. Chlorine tablets or any toilet tank cleaners are also not recommended. When in doubt always check with the toilet bowl manufacturer for more information.

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Red, Brown, and Rust Stains - How to Get Rid of Them