When you go to the washroom to freshen yourself up, you first notice the toilet seat. It actually gives you the first impression of using the restroom. There are many hidden spaces in one toilet, which is really hard to maintain, just like cleaning the hinges of the toilet seat. It’s really hard to get your hand in there and clean the hidden place with your hand or brush. So here we are especially talking about cleaning the hinge of the toilet seat.
What is this toilet hinge?
Toilet seats need to be secured to the toilet bowl. Most toilet seats are made of plastic and wood. But plastics are easy to maintain and durable. It needs to be held with the toilet bowl. The secure element of the toilet seat is called the hinge. And two types of hinges come with every toilet: top fittings and bottom fittings. And every toilet seat has a different shape and size hinge. To secure the seat, you need to use the exact hinge for the toilet for a fixed type of toilet seat.
There are two types of hinges on the market: plastic and metal. Plastic is more popular, and most companies use the plastic nut as a hinge. This hinge is a one-piece design that is fully attached with excellent covers. And this also makes this plastic very economical. But this hinge comes permanently with the seat, so removing or repairing the seat and cover is impossible after it is installed.
How to Clean Toilet Seat Hinges?- Remove Green Tarnish
Before cleaning the toilet hinge, you need to locate the toilet seat hinge. First, locate two screws holding the seat to the toilet bowl and two bolts. But these bolts are hidden under the plastic cover, so finding those bolts is tricky. The cover area of bolts mainly attracts the dirt and traps it for a long time. Now talking about the cleaning process of the toilet hinge:
- Close the toilet seat covers and then open the plastic cover over the hinge. To open the hinge from the bowl, use a flat-head screwdriver and slide it with your finger.
- Now it’s time to scrub. You can use scouring paste to scrub with a soft-bristled brush. Don’t use a hard brush, or it will leave a stain on the porcelain toilet. It’s made of plastic. For this purpose, you can use your old toothbrush. It’s soft, and you don’t need to go through it after using it.
- After cleaning the hinge, rinse this place with normal water, wipe the inner side of the hinge, and now dry it out in the air.
- Now close the hinge cover and wipe down the outside of the hinge. Now you can clean the toilet rim with the cleaning agent. Clean the whole toilet with normal water and wipe the toilet dry.
Cleaning up green tarnish:
To clean the green tarnish from the toilet seat hinges, you can use your own DIY cleaner. For this solution, you can use vinegar, water, baking soda, etc. The solution is very effective in cleaning the green tarnish on the seat hinges. If you use the toilet for a long time, then dirt gets stuck very hard. For this reason, you need a good toilet cleaner.
How do you stop toilet seat hinges from rusting?
After cleaning the toilet, you need to follow some steps to keep your toilet hinge rust-free. First, stop using a hard brush and hard abrasive. It damaged not only the hinge but also the porcelain toilet. If you have a metal bolt as a hinge, then replace it with plastic bolts. These are easy to find, durable, and have no chance of rusting. Another thing to avoid is using a caustic cleaning agent that contains chlorine, which can harm the toilet hinge. After cleaning the toilet, dry it out as soon as possible. Otherwise, it may cause rust on the metal bolt of the toilet.
So if you want to clean your toilet hinge, you can follow this step. And if you have a metal bolt, you also need to take some extra steps, like keeping it rust-free. Here you also learn how to keep it good for a long time.
Hi, I am Jose S. Franz. Currently, I am working as a professional plumber, and our team offers various plumbing services at an affordable price. After my college education, I completed a vocational certification course in plumbing systems and worked with several construction companies. Since then, I have fixed lots of different toilet models, from older to the latest versions. So I have more than 22 years of experience installing plumbing systems and toilets in both residential and commercial buildings.