The Science of Toilet Bowl Rings



Cavalry commander.

Inventor of...the flushing toilet.

Sir John Harrington was the 16th-century son of King Henry VIII's treasurer. His wit, charm and ability to turn a phrase gave him a place in Queen Elizabeth's court. His tendency to push the envelope, however, earned him a banishment from royal society. And a good thing, too. He used his time off to perfect a crazy little thing that he called the Ajax -- the world's first flushing toilet. Welcomed back into polite society, Harrington then wrote a book about the development of his invention, using the allegory to comment on the faults of the monarchy. Then he was banished again.

A...uh, "royal flush." Heh-heh.

Harrington managed to work himself back into favor with the court. King James liked him well enough to make him a Knight of the Bath. Seriously, that's a real title. One can only hope that the irony wasn't lost on the proper people of high society.


Scale, rust, dirt and even soap scum can make a mess of the modern descendants of Sir John's invention. As water evaporates, minerals are left deposited just above the water line. Mold, mildew and various forms of bacteria use this as a foundation for their microscopic condominiums. Some of these colonies defy even the most determined cleaning efforts. It helps to have some power on your side.

TIFFANY PINKis a safe, versatile and economic cleaner. Mild phosphoric acid, detergents, wetting agents and a quaternary germicide unite to quickly remove the rings and clean the bowl's surfaces. Odor-causing bacteria are destroyed and restroom surfaces are left smelling clean and sanitary.

And as a bonus, Tiffany Pink's formulation is buffered to help protect plumbing and all metallic surfaces.

  • Cleans and deodorizes instantly
  • Disinfects while you clean
  • Thick- stays on surface
  • Versatile- can be used on many surfaces
  • EPA registered disinfectant

Tiffany Pink can be used full strength on toilets and urinals. If you’d like to clean and disinfect sinks, stalls, tile or water fountains, it is best to dilute with three parts water to one part product. For these surfaces, less is more. A little can go a long way.

A quick note on cleaning and disinfecting:

Many people confuse cleaning with terms like disinfecting and sanitizing. Such words are often used interchangeably to describe the cleaning process. As is often the case, words mean things. These terms are not simply three different ways to describe the same thing. Instead, they are descriptors of three very different events.

Cleaning is the mechanical and/or chemical action of removing dirt from a surface. In the process of cleaning, grease, grime and soil is pulled free of the surface that you want to clean. This can be done mechanically through scrubbing. It can also be accomplished by surfactants, the chemical agents in detergents that break the molecular bonds between what you are cleaning and what you are trying to clean off.

Cleaning does not kill germs. Rather, it loosens and removes whatever the germs have been living on and feeding on. Disinfecting is the killing of those germs over time. This is not sanitizing – which, by definition, must eliminate contaminants in a matter of seconds. Disinfecting a surface eliminates contaminants over the course of several minutes. When using a disinfectant, it is important that you wait at least 10 minutes before rinsing the surface.

Whereas a clean surface should be rinsed before sanitizing, a cleaned surface should not be rinsed before disinfecting. In other words, let those pink bubbles do their work before you flush.

Sir John would surely be pleased by the popularity of his clever device. Your customers will be equally pleased to find it glistening and germ-free. With Tiffany Pink, you can put the power of clean on the side of your business today.


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