How to clean an old scratched porcelain sink

oceannaSeptember 21, 2010

Old sinks with scratches and patches of missing gloss tend to soak up every stain quickly and be very difficult to clean. I was so frustrated with mine I wanted a new one, so I researched on the web and did some experimenting. Here is what I learned:

1. To clean off stains and the dingy look: Spray your sink with Tilex (Tilex will bleach your clothes and towels so be careful). Put paper towels on your sink bottom so they get wet with Tilex and hold the product on the sink surface. Let sit for an hour or overnight. Toss paper towels and rinse well. This leaves my sink amazingly clean and white with NO elbow grease.

2. Grey pot marks and metallic scuffs come off easily with either ceramic cook top cleaner, or automobile rubbing compound. I use microfiber cloth for this.

3. As soon as your sink is really clean, dry it and wax it with car wax. I use McGuire's liquid, but you can use whatever you have. I use old towels out of the rag bag to polish up the wax after it's dried. Waxing will make your sink MUCH easier to keep clean for weeks to come. Reapply as needed. Now that I've tried this, I will always do it.

4. Get in the habit of drying your sink before you walk away I use a damp or dry microfiber cloth for this.

This leaves my sink looking super all the time with very little effort. Hope it helps you too!

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brightnight

As a precaution:don't use an abrasive pad on porcelain sink.

    Bookmark   September 22, 2010 at 5:36AM
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jannie

I've used Barekeepers Friend on my dirty stained stainless steel sink. Sprinkle in BKF, then add wet paper towels on top. Wait overnight, remove the paper towels and rinse.

    Bookmark   September 22, 2010 at 6:55AM
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wendy2shoes

Jannie..SS is way different than porcelain. That said, I use "Brasso" or "Silvo" on mine..gets rid of the scuffs and stains. I have to admit I'm intrigued, oceanna, with the car wax idea..sounds like a plan.

    Bookmark   November 18, 2010 at 12:10AM
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albert_135

I think some people would advocate using Bar Keepers Friendî Friend on their Toallitas para Limpieza Personal .

I use it too but I don't bounce up and down waving my arm and announcing it every time I'm online.

    Bookmark   November 18, 2010 at 1:48PM
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jannie

Sorry if I seem dense. I was only talking about how I clean my sink. I realize porcelain and stainless steel are different. Jannie

    Bookmark   November 19, 2010 at 9:34AM
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kathleenca

Gee, albert-135, I'm sorry you don't feel well today.

    Bookmark   November 20, 2010 at 5:36PM
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OrangePoppy

Any 'natural' or non toxic options that you know of?

Thanks!

    Bookmark   December 15, 2012 at 12:48PM
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jannie

I used to lay some doubled paper towels in the bottom of my porcelain sink, then pour bleach over. Let sit 2 hours to overnight, then rinse. It'll be sparkling and sanitized!

    Bookmark   December 17, 2012 at 10:10AM
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sewgirljudy

I use baking soda and two coats of Rain-X : )

    Bookmark   February 25, 2013 at 11:54AM
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