How To Clean a Porcelain Sink

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With these delicate yet efficient treatments, you may remove stains and dullness from your porcelain and restore its shine.

Keeping your porcelain sink clean will bring beauty and shine to your bathroom or kitchen, as well as value to your house. This glass-based ceramic is burned to high temperatures before being applied on a metal or cast iron substrate. Although the porcelain surface is non-porus, the glaze is prone to stains and general Wear and tear.

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Porcelain Sinks Around The House

Because of soap scum and hard water, porcelain sinks in bathrooms can get dull with time. Rust stains are another issue, especially if your water has a high iron content. Also, keep an eye out for mistakes with hair colors and nail paint, which contains chemicals that can damage or peel the shine off the porcelain.

Food stains are the most common concern for porcelain in kitchens, so wipe up coffee grounds, tea bags, and food scraps as soon as possible. Also, avoid putting cutlery straight into the sink since it can scuff and score the surface over time. Put a soft dish mat or a dish drainer in the basin for extra protection.

If you detect some discoloration despite these precautions, consider the methods for cleaning a porcelain sink listed below, each of which addresses a somewhat more significant level of staining or scuffing with various products and approaches. If you have an antique or colored porcelain sink, avoid bleach and use non-abrasive cleaners. If you have any questions, contact the manufacturer or a plumber. The best rule of thumb is to avoid needing anything that might scratch glass to clean a porcelain sink.

How To Clean a Porcelain Sink

Soap and Water

Gently clean the porcelain sink with warm water, liquid soap, and a sponge. Remove any food, soap, or toothpaste that has accumulated on the surface. This can help you detect any stains or scuff marks that need to be cleaned more thoroughly. Remove any soapy residue and pat dry with a dishtowel.

Don’t Scrub

Because harsh washing can harm porcelain, your first line of defense should be the least abrasive. Bleach may be used to remove stains from white porcelain exclusively; never use chlorine bleach on colored or antique porcelain, as it might harm the finish. Liquid oxygen bleach, such as hydrogen peroxide, is an excellent option for both white and colored porcelain. It may take longer to complete, but it is less cosmetic and better for the environment.

Fill a spray bottle halfway with the bleach product recommended for your type of porcelain. Wrap a layer of paper towels around your sink. Spray bleach or oxygen bleach on the towels and allow it to soak in for 30 minutes to an hour. Remove the bleachy paper towels and thoroughly rinse the sink with clean water.

If you’re worried about needing bleach on an antique porcelain sink, try white vinegar instead. Spray the sink with undiluted white vinegar, then wipe the porcelain with a non-abrasive sponge in circular movements. Thoroughly rinse with water. If the stains do not entirely lift and you opt to use oxygen bleach, make sure you remove all traces of vinegar beforehand to avoid the severe side effects of mixing vinegar and bleach.

For Even Deeper Stains

If you don’t want to use bleach, try lifting the stain needing a mild abrasive. It is important to note that there are numerous abrasive cleaners on the market, and not all of them are intended for porcelain. Bar Keepers Friend (available at Walmart for $2.47 for 26 ounces) is a safe and effective liquid. Squeeze a little quantity into the sink and use a non-abrasive sponge to gently scrub the surface. Its oxalic acid will remove stains, but use it sparingly or risk discoloring and damaging your porcelain.

Lift Stains From Metal

Using these procedures, treat silverware stains and orangey-red rust individually. Directly apply a few drops of lemon juice or white vinegar to a metal stain—do not combine acids. Allow sitting for a few minutes while keeping an eye on the stain’s color. Avoid scrubbing. Remove with a cloth. Naval jelly (available on Amazon for $7.29 for 16 ounces) can be used to remove rust stains. Apply a thin application to the affected area, keep an eye on it, and rinse as soon as you see a change in the stain’s color. Because naval jelly is generally intended to remove rust from metal, take caution and rinse it off porcelain as soon as the stain lifts.

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