have been looking a bit everywhere without finding an answer to my question ...
- how often (every how many months or weeks ?) do systems for cleaning houses
tell you to unscrew the toilet flap/seat
in order to clean inside the hinges and the nuts and bolts ?
many thanks in advance.
thanks for your replies
the reason I asked is that I think that if I spray some cleaner on the toilet every day, I think it doesn't go so bad so quickly
.... as when I recently went away and I don't think the toilet was cleaned once in 7 days
& I had to unscrew the whole thing on my return because of the smell & was surprised to see crusty stuff
(but I cannot remember how many weeks or months before going away I had unscrewed it to clean under ....)
am probably going to have a sort of test and try to unscrew it again exactly a months after I did it last
(when I will have sprayed the toilet most days- I didn't today but we were away most of the day- )
to see how it compares visually with the last time I unscrewed it ....
why am i so concerned about that ????
is it just because I want to track the smell ?
(I don't want to try to cover it with blue water and/or other bleach stuff one can drop in the tank ...)
i gave up on the "one month wait" and did it a few days ago
there was already some crusted up stuff,but not as much
enough for the smell I suppose
does it mean that someone in our household has something the matter in their urine so that it needs to get cleaned there as well ?
(I don't want to do it twice a month really ....)
There shouldn't be enough build up to make a smell, unless there was a gross amount of urine or whatever in the hinge area, which is very unlikely unless someone never cleaned their toilet. If there was a minute amount of crusted up stuff there, that would not be enough to produce an odour.
I find it difficult to clean that area and have never heard of actually unscrewing it, so what I've always done is spray disinfectant into that nook and cranny then use a cotton bud to clean it out the best I can!
I have never unscrewed and cleaned under those hinges and never noticed an oder but I do soak the heck out of the hinges and the entire area with my vinegar/water spray, let it sit for a while and then wipe well with a rag.
maybe I should set up a camera in the toilet to work out who is peeing on the hinges then ?????
less than a month, and it's dark yellow and crusty = when I read that others don't do it, then I wonder, how come it attracts so much build up in my toilet ???
(and am glad I no longer have a house in the US with 3 toilets to clean every day LOL ... at the time I counted 7 sinks that I had to keep up with, here I only have two sinks and one toilet, it's quicker !!!)
Well, when you have a boy in the house who is mastering the art of stand-up-peeing... um, yes, things can get pretty gross real fast. I have to admit I've never unscrewed the lid and actually cleaned under the hinges, but I spray the heck out of the hinge area (I like the green all-purpose spray at Trader Joe's - it's alcohol based and has cedar in it). After that I douse the whole area in a urine-neutralizing enzyme cleaner (like BioKleen Bac Out, Kids n' Pets, or sometimes the cat urine neutralizer). This definitely kills the odor and I feel like it's pretty clean, but after this thread I can tell I'm going to need to get under those hinges regularly from now on. :)