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How to clean an old scratched porcelain sink

September 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!

Comments (11)

  • brightnight

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • albert_135   39.17°N 119.76°W 4695ft.

    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.

  • 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

  • kathleenca

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

  • OrangePoppy

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


  • 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!

  • sewgirljudy

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

  • missdainty

    I have just recently used Cillit Bang on my porcelain sink and it has taken all the shine off it. I've had the sink for over ten years and a couple of weeks ago tried it for the first time and found how quickly and easily CB made it sparkling white. However, after a few days I realised that it has lost its shine so Googled how to restore it which led me to this article. I am hoping to get the shine back and any advice will be much appreciated. (I, too, have used Barkeepers Friend for years). On the back of the CB bottle it says not to leave on more than 5 minutes but no warning about what may happen. I didn't leave it soaking. Jannie, in my research I found that leaving bleach on a porcelain sink takes the shine away so bear this in mind.

  • sewgirljudy

    Note: A soak with orange oil cleaner and baking soda will remove rust, a lemon or lime peel with soda will remove pot marks.

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