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Enamel sink looking sad

Posted by frankie_in_zone_7 (My Page) on
Fri, Jul 17, 09 at 11:59

My white enamel kitchen sink needs to be replaced, but I'm trying to hold out until we are able to do the full remodel.
It seems like it is deteriorating in an accelerated fashion--stays a kind of discolored color with possible "crazing" and now there are a couple of tiny black spots where enamel seems gone. I have only been using Softscrub with bleach, and a year or so ago this used to clean it up well. Now I'm afraid that the enamel is just giving out and won't be good to use more abrasive cleanser--but maybe not?

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RE: Enamel sink looking sad

I had that happen once in a rental, it was sooo annoying. Every time I put a cup of coffee down the sink, it was stained. Or tomatoes, or wine, or tea, or anything but water or milk!

I used Iron Out to get the discoloration out (I think, against the mfr recommendation, after much trial and error). I bought a sink mat (there are decorative ones that are quite cute), knowing that the sink was clean, and I couldn't do anything else. The sink mat actually made me feel much better about the ugly sink. They are about $7 and come in all kinds of interesting and colorful designs...pebbles, flowers, lace, tomatoes...

RE: Enamel sink looking sad

If the finish is gone on your sink, and ONLY if the finish is gone, use ZUD scouring powder. I buy it at hardware stores. Recommended to me by a plumber, but it is so strong that I would never use it on a new sink for fear it would scrub the finish off.

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