how to clean porcelain sink scratches

porcelain bathroom sink

That porcelain sink adds a touch of class and elegance to any bathroom or kitchen, unless it is scratched and dented. When the porcelain coating is damaged it not only looks less attractive, but the sink is prone to further damage and rusting over time.

At Bath Masters, we understand the value of a quick sink repair to preserve the beauty and function of your fixture. Before you consider replacing that sink, try a few of these DIY tips to restore it.

How to Remove Scratches from Porcelain

It isn’t as hard as you think to remove scratches from porcelain, especially if the marks are light. To get started you’ll need a sponge, baking soda, abrasive cleanser like Bar Keeper’s Friend, fine grit pumice stone, and a porcelain repair kit.

Since porcelain is a layer of kaolin clay that is fire baked onto the surface of a metal sink at high heat, it requires gentle care when removing scratches or chips. You’ll want to start with the least abrasive materials and work up from there on this DIY project. Let’s begin!

  • Sprinkle on a layer of baking soda to fix light scratches. Buff it in with a wet sponge for about three minutes. Rinse the spot clean to see how much of the scratch is left. If there is a little more, repeat the process.
  • Use an abrasive cleanser to remove scratches and stains. Pick a mildly abrasive cleanser like Bar Keeper’s Friend, which contains oxalic acid that bleaches, cleans, and removes rust. Apply a small amount of the cream to your scratches and rub in with a wet sponge for a few moments. Rinse with clean water to check your work.
  • Remove deeper scratches and scuffs using a fine pore pumice stone. Soak the stone in water. Rub the stone over the scratch for about thirty seconds. Press down slightly with the stone. Wipe away any excess liquid and powdered stone to see your results.
  • Fix deep scratches with a porcelain repair kit. Apply a thin layer of the paint-on glaze with a small brush. Cover the entire scratch and surrounding area. Wait the allotted time for the glaze to set. Apply second and third layers as needed. Allow to set. Sand smooth with the provided fine grit cloth. Rinse and buff lightly with a clean cloth.

If you are considering a more involved bathroom renovation or the sink has a lot of damage, you might want to skip the DIY project entirely. Bath Masters can help you source high-quality sinks and vanities to replace the old one. Just give us a call or fill out our online contact form to speak with a representative right away. We can arrange a complimentary at-home consultation and free price estimate for the sink replacement.

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