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We have metal marks left in the toilet bowl from using a snake to get rid of a clog. How can we remove those metal marks?

By Don from West Bend, WI

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August 13, 20100 found this helpful

Get down and dirty with Barkeepers cleanser and elbow grease. If that doesn't do it nothing will.

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July 4, 20160 found this helpful

Bar Keeper's Friend worked beautifully!! I'm an apartment manager and had a tenant's toilet get scratched when plumber snaked toilet. They informed me of scratch, I went to the apartment with Bar Keeper's Friend and a sponge with scratchy on one side and it worked wonderfully. Hardly took any elbow grease.

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August 13, 20100 found this helpful

I don't know for sure but I am thinking elbow grease and a good old fashioned Brillo pad would work.

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August 13, 20100 found this helpful

Usually the metal marks are "written" onto the porcelain like chalk on a blackboard.

Watkins Toilet Bowl cleaner or hydrochloric acid cleans that off quickly. Make sure the porcelain is completely dry first. Even the tiniest bit of moisture dilutes the hydrochloric acid to impotence, since they are not allowed to ship the pure stuff any more.

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August 14, 20100 found this helpful


Go to your supermarket and buy a pumice stone, it is made for cleaning porcelain i.e. toilets. It should be on the same aisle as other household cleaners. It comes in a small box. Good luck.

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August 14, 20100 found this helpful

Try Barkeepers Friend. It is a powdered cleanser. great for cleaning metal or metal marks.

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August 19, 20100 found this helpful

We had a scratch in toilet by plumber`s snake, I used Barkeeper`s friend. It worked for me. Its really good. Just spend 2 minutes to clean with Scrotch brite and BKF powder. It will be magic. All the best!

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May 23, 20110 found this helpful

I tried the Barkeepers cleanser with 3M Scotch Brite pad and it worked!

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April 27, 20140 found this helpful

We recently had to have our toilet snaked by a plumber and he left horrendous metal marks all over the bowl. After trying Ajax, Soft Scrub, and elbow grease, I was thinking that we would be stuck with the marks forever. Until I found this site and decided to try Barkeepers friend, which I had never heard of before, (bought at Target) since it was so highly recommended here. It worked like magic! I sprinkled it in the toilet with water and left it for a few hours, then flushed. And all the marks were gone. I was amazed! What a great product. Thank you everyone :)

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November 20, 20140 found this helpful

Just used this Barkeepers friend and it worked perfectly! My toilet looks brand new! It comes in a powder form and liquid. I used the powder.

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January 1, 20150 found this helpful

Currently have this problem and will try Barkeeper's. I caution against the pumice stone. It may take the marks off, but it also scratches the finish off the porcelain, making it more likely to stain in the future. My mother-in-law used one to remove hard water stains from the toilet bowl and 2 years later the toilet had to be replaced because it was stained so badly.

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May 12, 20150 found this helpful

Actually I scratched the toilet bowl with a metal hanger then I followed your advice. I used barkeepers and a paper towel it cleaned up right away. Thanks everyone for your advice.

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June 24, 20150 found this helpful

OMG. I had the same problem and tried comet and bleach and all that good stuff but I just couldn't get rid of it. So I did some research and apparently a product called Bar Keeper's Friend along with a little prayer worked wonders. I used the powdered one and gave it a little scrub. It was good as new and worth that $3. 19 it cost. Make sure the toilet bowl is empty however.

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August 23, 20150 found this helpful

Saw this thread this morning and went to Bed, Bath and Beyond and bought a can of Barkeepers Friend for $1.99. It worked like a charm. My wife commented that it took longer for me to go to the store, which is only about a mile from our house, than it did to get the snake scratches out. I had previously tried Soft Scrub and it didn't work at all.

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