LESLIE: Time to chat with Nelva in Iowa. What’s going on at your money pit?
Cleaning Mineral Deposits Inside the Toilet
NELVA: Yes. I have some scratches in my toilet bowl and I’m wondering …
TOM: What were you eating? (laughs)
NELVA: (laughs) Oh, I think it was an old brush that I used.
LESLIE: Oh. (chuckles) What you didn’t eat but you used to clean.
NELVA: (chuckling) I didn’t eat, no. (Leslie chuckles) But I was wondering, what is the best paint to use to cover that up or is there any way …?
TOM: Well, you can’t paint ceramic.
TOM: This is inside the bowl itself?
TOM: No, you can’t paint the ceramic. The scratches that you’re seeing, are you sure it’s not maybe – you may have some mineral deposits inside that bowl and then as you scratched it, maybe you sort of scratched through some of it but not others? Basically, are you sure the bowl was super clean?
NELVA: I mean if I clean it everyday real good, then it doesn’t – it seems like there’s something in our water that it gets so black.
TOM: Well, that’s what I was thinking. (clears throat) Yeah, you may have some mineral deposits there. Why don’t you try some CLR? CLR is a good toilet bowl cleaner – calcium, lime, rust remover; works very effectively; been around forever. Give that a shot and see if that takes off what you think are scratches and maybe you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
NELVA: I’ll give that – I’ll have to – I know the back of the stool is clean because I keep that clean, but it seems like the water gets dirty and I mean comes in and …
TOM: And that’s why I think that you might want to try CLR. Nelva, give it a shot. Let us know how you make out. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.