Down and Dirty Toilet Replacement

Removing old wax ring with putty knife.

Step #5: Clean Toilet Flange and Floor

Put on rubber gloves and remove any gunk left behind from the old toilet flange so the new toilet will seat properly. Cleaning the floor under the toilet is a good idea, too.

How to clean toilet flange and floor:

  • Clean Toilet Flange: Wear rubber gloves and use a putty knife to remove what’s left of the old wax ring and any other accumulated mess.
  • Clean Floor: Use bathroom cleaner and a scrub brush to clean the floor under the toilet.


    • J.
      Try carefully tightening the toilet bolts that hold the toilet to the floor up, but don’t overdo it as it could crack the porcelain bowl. If that doesn’t help, put a shim between the floor and toilet.


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