How do you clean a badly stained porcelain sink?

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How do you clean a badly stained porcelain sink
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So, how do you clean a badly stained porcelain sink?

Well, in this post, I would be walking you through nuts & bolts of how to clean a porcelain sink so that you can expedite the process irrespective of being a newbie or a seasoned professional.

We’ve tried to cover as much information as we could without making the post lengthy so that you can reap maximum benefits out of it.

Does it make sense?

So, without any further ado, let’s begin…

Frankly speaking, cleaning a porcelain sink is quite easy and doesn’t involve any technical or tedious steps.

In fact, you can clean your porcelain sink using different materials including table salt & lemon, soap, vinegar & oxygen bleach, baking soda, etc.

We would be discussing each one of them so that at the end of the post you can choose the one that suits you the most.

How to clean porcelain sink using table salt and lemon?

Before we expedite the cleaning process, you need to be well prepared with certain materials in advance in order to prevent any last-minute misadventure.

  • Table salt
  • Lemon
  • Lemon essential oil
  • Sponge
  • Soft & clean cloth


  • First and foremost, you need to sprinkle the stain with table salt in such a way that it’s completely covered
  • In the next step, you need to cut the lemon into two equal halves and squeeze the entire juice on the top of the salt
  • Make sure the stain area is entirely covered with the lemon juice in order to reap maximum benefits out of the solution
  • Now, it’s time to scrub the stain thoroughly with the help of a soft and clean cloth

How to clean porcelain sink using soap?

You need to be well-prepared with the below materials in advance.

  • Dishwashing soap
  • Hot water
  • Soft cloth or sponge


  • First thing first, prepare a gallon solution of hot water and liquid soap
  • Scrub the porcelain with the soft cloth after dipping it completely into the solution prepared in the above step
  • Repeat the second step if needed
  • Lastly, rinse the porcelain sink with warm water

How to clean porcelain sink using vinegar and oxygen bleach?

You need to be well-prepared with the below materials in advance.

  • Oxygen bleach/hydrogen peroxide
  • Dishwashing soap
  • Soft sponge
  • Paper towels


  • Prepare a solution of hot water and dishwashing soap
  • Dip the sponge into the mixture in such a way that it soaks the soap solution and then scrub the sink surface to remove any light buildup
  • Now, pour some bleach into a spray bottle and cover the sink completely with the paper towels
  • It’s time to spray the bleach on the top
  • Allow it to soak for an hour
  • For white porcelain sink we recommend regular bleach and for the colored counterpart liquid oxygen bleach such a hydrogen peroxide does the trick

How to clean porcelain sink using baking soda?

Well, cleaning a porcelain sink using baking soda is perhaps the most effective and easy way as per our knowledge and experience.

Be prepared with the below materials.

  • Baking soda
  • Warm water
  • Non-abrasive sponge
  • Clean & soft cloth


  • Make a clean solution with baking soda and warm water
  • In order to reap maximum benefits from the solution, we recommend adding ammonia to it
  • Ammonia will do the trick for you in the case of removing soap scum buildup as well as ink and nail polish stains
  • Dip the sponge into the solution and scrub the sink surface in such a way that the stained area is fully covered
  • Put a little elbow grease in till the time the you’re satisfied that its clean now
  • Rinse the sink with warm water after the stains are removed
  • Last but not least, wipe down thoroughly the sink with the help of a soft cloth to prevent any residue from baking soda

How often should you wash a porcelain sink?

To be honest, porcelain sinks are the ones that require regular maintenance so, in order to keep the sink in good and healthy condition, you need to clean it weekly with gentle cleansers to prevent the buildup of grease, oil, specks of dirt, etc

At the same time, we recommend a deep cleaning for any dimension porcelain sink once a month.

Definitely, regular maintenance enhances the lifespan of a porcelain sink for sure.

What product should you avoid when it comes to cleaning a porcelain sink?

Well, as a newbie you must understand that porcelain sinks are sophisticated and need special care so you need to avoid using certain materials during their cleaning.

Strong abrasives

Though strong abrasives are good at removing stains sill we suggest you should refrain from using them while cleaning a porcelain sink as it may scratch the surface of the sink which can later become the home of specks of dirt and grease.

Moreover, scratches will impact the appearance of your porcelain sink adversely.


It goes without saying that bleach can be extremely useful in certain cases but at the same time, may cause severe discoloration on colored porcelain.

And, because of this SINGLE reason, we recommend using bleach on white porcelain sinks.


Moving further, we would be responding to the queries related to how to clean a porcelain sink in a hassle-free manner in order to help you in the best possible manner that I could.

Can you use comet on porcelain sinks?

Well, we don’t recommend using comet on porcelain sinks as it may cause scratches which would damage the overall appearance of the sink.

We too agree that comet is good at removing stains but at the cost of scratches isn’t a choice at all.

Is Bar Keepers Friend safe for porcelain?

Yes, Barkeepers Friend is completely safe for porcelain sink.

However, we recommend testing it on an inconspicuous part of the bathtub and fixtures before using it on the porcelain sink.

Wrapping Up

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