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The Paper Barn Groveport,Ohio


 
The Paper Barn
4865 Hendron Road
P.O. Box 325
Groveport, Ohio 43125
614-836-0733

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A page dedicated to helping you keep your
living and working enviroment clean
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Bathroom
How to "really" clean a toilet
Introduction:
   
Unlike the ads on television, the water line in the toilet bowl should be lowered, and there are at least 4 different ways to accomplish this. A disinfectant or detergent cleaner or bowl cleaner (Click here  for Bowl Cleaners) should be applied to a bowl swab (Click here  for Bowl Swabs)  and starting under the rim working down, cleaning the bowl. Disinfectant/detergent cleaner should be applied to the outside surfaces including the handle and allowed to remain wet for ten minutes for a total kill of bacteria, fungus and virus. Flush the toilet, and rinse the outer surfaces.
     A phosphoric bowl cleaner can be used in toilets with hard water or in extreme hard water conditions. Where the toilet is not cleaned often, or rust stains from pipes,or any other heavy duty problem,  a (HcL) hydrogen chloride based (muratic acid) can be used . Be careful of the fumes that these products can created when using HcL bowl cleaners. And be very careful about dripping it on nylon clothing and carpeting.  Now for the nitty gritty...

Recommended Materials
*Rubber, Latex, Vinyl, Nitrile or Neoprene gloves.  
*Eye Protection
(usually required in cleaning toilets outside the home) *Disinfectant/Detergent/cleaner (any chemical that calls itself a disinfectant and has an E.P.A. number on the label to back-up the claim of being a disinfectant)
*Disposable toweling or launderable cloth
*Toilet Bowl Mop / Bowl Swab  - 12-inch long plastic handle with a Acryllic Yarn (bunny tail material at the end approximately 4-inches in diameter), Strong I-beam 12-Inch plastic handle  Plastic squeegee cup is optional but it effectively and safely damp dries swab head without exposing hands to dirty water and cleaning chemicals.

Optional Materials
Acid based bowl cleaner depending on the hardness of water and/or frequency of cleaning. The following are different types of acid based bowl cleaners.
Citric Acid - safest to use but slowest to remove mineral deposits
Phosphoric acid - safer than hydrochloric acid, won´t damage chrome. clothing or carpet. .
Hydrochloric acid is harsh, use only on porcelain with extreme care and only on the worst mineral build-ups. Note: hydrochloric bowl cleaner will "melt" nylon carpet and nylon hose, so be careful. Usually found in concentrations of 9% or 23% depending on manufacturer and need.

Pumice stick (an alternative to harsh bowl cleaners for removing mineral stains and deposits)
Bucket
Plunger
Small telesopic mirror
Black light

Two Types of Cleaning

    There are two approaches to cleaning a toilet, as there are for any kind of cleaning. There's cleaning for appearance, in other words, cleaning when something appears dirty. Then there is cleaning for health, which is a higher level of cleaning. Cleaning for health is common sense just as eating correctly, getting enough sleep and exercise. Unfortunately common sense doesn't always equal common practice.

Toilet Cleaning Procedure for Cleaning for Health
    Before you begin to clean a toilet, gather all needed materials including personal protection equipment such as gloves and eyewear. Using a disinfectant/detergent cleaner, mixed either in a spray bottle or in a bucket (according to label instructions), spray or wipe down all hard surfaces outside of the bowl ... paying close attention to high touch areas like the toilet seat and flush handle. In order to disinfect the surfaces, the surface must remain wet for ten minutes unless the label instructions state otherwise. After the outside surfaces are wet, lower the waterline in the toilet bowl. This can be done in one of several ways.
1.) Taking your bowl swab, push the swab in and out of the trap quickly until water level drops into the trap.
2.) Using a bucket with approximately 1.5 gallons of water, pour into the toilet quickly.
3.) Turn the water to the toilet off and flush the toilet.
4.) Use a toilet plunger and force the water down and out of the trap. After the water level has been dropped, spray the inside surfaces of the toilet bowl. Again, to totally disinfect the toilet, the surface must remain wet for ten minutes unless stated otherwise on the label. Using your bowl swab, begin swabbing under the rim and working down into the trap. After the appropriate time, flush the toilet and then go back and wipe down the outside surfaces including the toilet seat and handle.

Toilet Cleaning Procedure for Cleaning for Appearance
    Before you begin to clean a toilet, gather all needed materials including personal protection equipment such as gloves and eyewear. Using a disinfectant/detergent cleaner, mixed either in a spray bottle or in a bucket, spray down or wipe down all hard surfaces outside of the bowl paying close attention to high touch areas like the toilet seat and flush handle. In order to disinfect the surfaces, the surface must remain wet for ten minutes unless the label instructions state otherwise. After the outside surfaces are wet, lower the waterline in the toilet bowl. This can be done in one of several ways (see instructions above). After the water level has been dropped, apply the acid base bowl cleaner to your bowl swab. Take the bowl swab and begin swabbing under the rim working down. If there are tough stains on the bowl, a small amount of bowl cleaner may be applied to the stain. Extra bowl cleaner may also be applied to the swab and rested on top of the stain. Hard, stubborn stains can be removed with a pumice stick available from most janitor supply companies.

Other tools
    A small mirror can be used to look under the rim to detect any stubborn stains that may also be contributing to malodors.
     A Black Light used in a dark restroom will also show urine salts and missed cleaning in and around toilets as well as urinals. Urine fluoresces a dull yellow under this Black Light. Use the fluorescent type black light, not a screw-in bulb.




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Last updated - July 2, 2009



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