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On a usual day-to-day basis, cleaning a toilet tank is not on the priority list in most homes. If a toilet is being used daily or more frequently if not that, then that automatically means not a lot of work is required to clean the tank since it is being flushed and operated so there are no chances of mold building up inside. However, occasionally usage means it requires attention as it may contain bacteria or mold built up inside. Now the actual cleaning is not such a hectic work. So here are a number of ways and steps for cleaning the toilet tank. Also to keep it mold and bacteria free without fail.
The first thing that you need for cleaning the toilet tank is to drain the tank of any excess water so that you are able to clean it easily. To do that, you need to close the main valve below the tank through which water accumulates into the tank and flush it. That will drain any water that is in the tank and allow you to be able to clean it.
Use Disinfectant as a Cleaner
There are several ways for cleaning toilet tank, depending on the method you are most comfortable and satisfied with. The first and the most basic thing you could use is none other than vinegar. It has no chemicals, is antibacterial and is acidic so it will help to get rid of the accumulated deposits in the tank. To use vinegar for cleaning toilet tank, you need to put a few cups of vinegar in the tank. Now leave it for a few hours while it does the job. Then you can easily scrub the tank and it will be as good as new.
If you are more satisfied with chemical cleaners, then you can use bleach, which works perfectly on porcelain and is a really good decontaminator. So it will help clean any mold that may have accumulated in the toilet tank but for other deposits. You will still need an acid cleanser that does not erode or harm the porcelain. Also, while you are using chemical cleaners to be very careful as they can cause the rubber pipes in the tank to corrode.
Do Not Use Cloth or Toilet Tank Cleaners
Be careful to use a clean toilet brush to scrub away the deposits and mold inside the tank rather than using a cloth. It needs to be cared for because a toilet brush has a long handle that can be easily maneuvered to reach tight spots in the tank and really scrub away any deposits that cloth might not be able to clean. The brush is also not very dense so it can reach easily around the flushing gear. Moreover, in order to keep the tank clean, you can use bleach tablets to maintain the cleanliness and keep it deposit-free. However, keep in mind not to use those toilet bowl cleaners that “automatically” clean the toilet tank as they can cause the rubber to erode and that could result in a leak.
Check for Damaged Equipment
When you are in the process of cleaning toilet tank and it is totally empty, that might be the best time to check for deterioration or any form of damages in the tools that are attached to the tank. Possibly the rubber pipe may leak that you would want to check or the flushing apparatus might not be working smoothly. To fix that all you have to do is oil the apparatus. It will work as good as a new one.
Mineral deposits can be cleaned by only using acidic cleaners like vinegar, as mentioned above. You can also use regular cola to break down any deposits that have been accumulated in the tank. What you will have to do it leave it in the toilet tank overnight and then flush it away. Then in order to get rid of any remaining deposits, you can use a toilet brush to scrub those away.
Mildew is a form of fungi that grows on organic material like plants. It is basically a thin coating that has infinitesimal fungal hyphae. Temporarily, using bleach tablets can reduce the building up and accumulation of mildew. However, that does not provide a permanent solution to this problem. The only way to clean mildew and prevent grow back is to get a water purification system installed. The water used for flushing will be clean and will not have any bacterial or fungal residue that can cause a growth of mildew.
The existence of rust inside the toilet tank can be very dangerous and damaging for your toilet. Rust is basically a coating of iron oxide that is caused by moisture on iron/steel and causes oxidization. It can be dangerous because it can just corrode the pipes. The whole drainage system of the toilet if not cleaned before it causes damage beyond repair. Cleaning of rust is not an easy task. Use special rust cleaners available in nearby stores to get rid of the rust in toilet tanks.
Even though it may seem like just an extra chore that is piled up on a number of other chores that you have to do every single day, this is quite an important one to do. Do not do it every day but once every two months. You can check all the tanks in your home to see if any of them need any cleaning. It is the best way possible so that deposits do not accumulate in the tank. Hope these easy ways can be handy for cleaning the toilet tank.