How to clean a toilet - Caledonia Washroom Services
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How to clean a toilet

Toilet Cleaning made easy

What kind of toilets?

Toilet Cleaning is not everyone’s favourite task but hopefully this will make it quicker easier and a bit more thorough! The procedure below was written specifically for a major hotel group.  However the technique is the same whether you are cleaning a commercial or domestic toilet large or small (adults or children).

Key to any cleaning procedure is contact time (the time the chemicals used can be active on the surface to be cleaned). The longer the contact time the less chemical you have to use and the less physical work you will have to do. The simple pie chart that is sketched below shows how each factor of the process effects the others.The more time the chemical has to work the less physical work you have to do.  If the temperature of the water used to clean is warmer it needs less chemical.  If you have no chemical you can get the same result but you physically will have to work a lot harder to get it. These basic factors are relevant if cleaning a toilet or a burnt pot.

the cleaning factors
the four factors that effect cleaning
the cleaning factors showing more time


Tools Needed for the task

5 litre bucket

Red Cloth (businesses use colour coded items to ensure no cross contamination – red for the toilet, green for the kitchen)

Toilet brush

PPE (gloves, apron, goggles as required)


We would recommend Delphis Eco daily Use Toilet Cleaner or if you are in a hard water area Delphis Eco Limescale Remover but whichever toilet cleaner you use read the manufacturers instructions.  Very few toilet cleaners should be diluted as they are usually diluted by the water in the toilet bowl.

Water Temperature


Toilet Cleaning Procedure

1. Use toilet paper to wipe any loose debris from edge of bowl and behind seat hinges, drop into bowl and flush.

2. Take toilet brush and force water out of toilet bowl by pushing water through U bend. (NOTE: important – this reduces dilution and increases effectiveness of cleaner).

3. Take Toilet cleaner and using directional flip top spray solution under rim.

4. Use toilet brush to spread toilet cleaner on all internal surfaces.

5. Apply toilet cleaner to red cloth and wipe down all external bowl surfaces, lid (inside and out) and seat (both sides).

6. (OPTIONAL: leave toilet cleaner to work whilst cleaning other washroom areas or toilets)

7. Use toilet brush to scrub underneath rim, inside of bowl and below water level.

8. Rinse red cloth and use to remove residual cleaner from external surfaces. dry seat with some toilet paper and dispose of in toilet.

9. Flush.

Health and Safety Notes

1. Product should not be diluted, PPE must be worn.

2. First Aid instructions should be found on the side of the container or seek supervisor/manufacturers guidance.

3. Bleach should not be used, it will reduce the quality of the porcelain allowing limescale to adhere.

One day self cleaning toilets will be available to all of us read about the future here.

Looking to spruce up your toilet cubicles? Have a read of this

Hopefully you have found this useful – if so leave me a comment! or share on twitter etc.  please remember sharing is caring!

The Toilet Expert

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