Smelly toilet bowl even after thorough cleaning


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Old 08-09-18, 07:08 AM
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Smelly toilet bowl even after thorough cleaning

Lovely first topic, I know! But I've found this forum invaluable and was hoping someone might be able to offer some advice on this one, please.

We've moved into a rental flat and the toilet stinks of stale pee It's been scrubbed thoroughly, cleaned to within an inch of its life several times daily for weeks. Cleaner flushed through the cistern. The front of the toilet bowl is still giving off a stale pee stink. It's definitely concentrated on the front of the bowl and rim area, we've had a good sniff (yum!) and the surrounding floor smells fine, the base of the toilet is clean and smells ok, the toilet hinges are scrubbed clean and we don't see any leaks.

Does anyone have any advice on what else we can do, please?! The water in the flush isn't very strong in the front of the bowl but it's scrubbed and bleached so regularly I feel like the smell should have at least eased..

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Old 08-09-18, 08:06 AM
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Not much help, but the times I have replaced the cover unit those bolts are usually hiding a lot of nasty stuff. Remove the lid if you haven't and clean the bolts and plastic.

Spray can also get on any walls beside the bowl.

You have excludes the floor which is obviously a secondary target.

You might try one of those bowl/tank cleaners that use a more pleasing fragrance and often a blue color.

Sure wish they made a test instrument so we didn't have to use our noses.

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I suspect it might be the area around the toilet. My brother has 5 boys and they had the worst aim in the world. The tile and grout around the toilet had absorbed so much pee that no cleaning was ever going to make that room smell pretty. Look around the toilet because the porcelain itself isn't going to absorb the urine. It could be hard water deposits, grout or even wallboard that is holding onto the smell.

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May not work but there are several products related to locating and neutralizing cat urine.

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Thank you Bud. I have ordered some urine neutralising enzyme cleaner as you recommended, I have high hopes for it. I will also follow your advice and get the hinges off and get them cleaned. Most of the smell is definitely concentrated under the rim though. I just went under it with a sponge scourer and bleach and.. well, let's just say it's not nice under there. It hasn't removed the odour though sadly, fingers crossed the enzyme cleaner helps.

Ha I agree - the sniff test isn't the nicest of jobs is it

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Thank you Peter. Boys eh! As part of the thorough cleaning I'll make sure the grout and tiles have a good scrub too.
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I did as Pete said and that really cleaned mine, you could try it. Just be sure to pour it down the overflow pipe like he says.


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