Toilet Advice

How to Clean an Upflush Toilet

Upflush toilets are a useful piece of kit for bathrooms in locations where it would otherwise be difficult to install a traditional plumbing system. They come equipped with a macerator, which is designed to churn up waste from the bowl, making it easier to pump to the sewer line. These are often found in basements or places needing a temporary toilet.

There are a number of reasons you'd want to keep it clean, the most obvious of which, is to keep it in good working order and prolong its longevity. These are expensive pieces of sanitary ware, so it's sensible to look after them as best as you can.

The second is getting rid of odors, often caused by a build up of bacteria somewhere. Follow these steps to keep your bathroom smelling fresh.

Step one: the macerator

This is arguably the most important part of the system so you'll want to make sure it's well looked after. It's good practice to clean this out a couple of times a year. Over long periods of time, mineral deposits can build up and cause problems with the mechanism.

To wash it effectively, you'll want to get your hands on a toilet cleaning solution which is not corrosive. The last thing you want to do is damage the surface of the bowl, so avoid anything acidic.

Before you pour this solution in, make sure the elctric is shut off to it.

After you've cut off the power to the macerator, pour three cups of the solution into the bowl and let it sit for a few hours. By doing this, you give the solution plenty of time to break down mineral deposits, mold, mildew, and whatever else is lurking inside the bowl.

After this, turn the power back on. Flush it to send the cleaner upwards through the plumbing.

Step two: surface cleaning

Next up, cleaning the bowl and tank surfaces on the outside. Left unchecked, these can play a big role in causing those odors. However, not everything is aboiut keeping things smelling fresh. You also want to keep things looking aesthetic too, and deposits, stains, and general discoloration can effect this.

Scrub each of the marks and stains with a disinfectant, these will generally come off with a bit of pressure applied. Work your way from the inside of the bowl to the outside, up to the tank. Don't forget to wash the areas between the bowl and tank, and in any gaps behind the toilet as these are typically the dark and damp places bacteria thrives.

There are many benefits to owning one of these upflushing toilets. But they can be expensive. So make sure you are getting your moneys worth and put in the effort to maintain it. One of the highest rated brands is SaniFlo.