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Removing Stains from a Porcelain Sink

January 11, 2005

A porcelain sink in a bathroom.Got stains that won't come out of your sink? Use nail polish remover on a cotton ball and it will come right off, no matter what the stain. By Anna K. Editor's Note: This would work on a porcelain sink but acetone might damage other types of surfaces.

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January 11, 20051 found this helpful
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CAUTION - READ THIS FIRST:

Once I dyed my hair in the sink and stained it, (oops). I cleaned up the best I could with a bleach cleaner. Later one teeny tiny spot remained. I put dab of nail remover on a Q-Tip swab and it looked soo pretty and clean!

Well, here's the thing. 3 HOURS later, my roomate (homeowner) and I were watching a movie when we heard popping
sounds from bathroom. The sink literally blew up. It sent slivers of porcelain everywhere and it was sharp and found days later in odd places. OUCHIE!

So take this warning and, do what you will, be careful.

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October 26, 2004

Got a stain on your tub or sink? Clean them quick and easy. Add cream of tartar and hydrogen peroxide and make a paste. Spread the paste over the stain and scrub lightly with a brush.

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November 6, 2004

Dab dishwasher gel on any stains in your sink, and let it set overnight. In the morning the stains will be gone! By Linda

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May 7, 2007

How do you get the gray mark out of your kitchen sink. My sink is just a year old and the marks are getting worse. I use cleanser but it doesn't budge them. Please help.



Jean from Banning, CA

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By kaysbelle (Guest Post)
May 8, 20071 found this helpful
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My manufacturer recommended using Barkeepers Friend on my porcelein sink. Works great.

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May 8, 20070 found this helpful
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I use Electrosol liquid dishwasher detergent. It completely removes all stains and deodorizes the sink. My sink is white composite material, and comes up like new every time.

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By Camie (Guest Post)
May 21, 20070 found this helpful
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I read on a post recently to use regular tooth paste (not the gel type). I tried it this weekend and it worked!!!

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February 6, 20100 found this helpful
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Use some smooth cook top cleaner on a paper towel, rub & within seconds, the scratches will disappear, guaranteed! This also works great on bath/jetted tubs also.

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December 8, 2014

My wife likes to use Windex to clean everything! Well, she was cleaning the guest bathroom sink and there was an area where the porcelain enamel had rubbed off unbeknownst to her. Once the spray hit that spot, it absorbed the blue spray and now there is a big discolored blue spot where the enamel had rubbed off. Does anyone have any suggestions how I can remove the stain? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

By Morgan F.

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December 15, 20140 found this helpful
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You can try getting a small container, sold in hardware stores, of white enamel touch up paint for just for this purpose for chips.

Syd's 2 cents

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June 30, 20160 found this helpful
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Got a big stain off my sink. I ordered Barkeepers Friend online. My sink is shiny, looks like new again. It's three years old.

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September 23, 2020

I've used all kinds of products to get rid of this. Nothing has worked. When I used the bathroom there was no mark. Within a few hours this mark has come!Removing a Grey Mark in My Bathroom Sink? - grey stain near sink drain

 

I've used wired and normal cloth to see if the mark comes off, no luck. I've used bleach, baking soda, elbow crease, etc.!

Any recommendations? Could this be a manufacture concern?

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August 2, 2004

Please help! My boyfriend is a mechanic and there are motor oil stains in our bathroom sink! Does anyone know how I can get these pesky stains off the porcelain?



Lacey

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August 4, 20040 found this helpful
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I would try mechanics hand cleaner, the goop in a jar that gets motor oil and grease off your hands. It is available at the auto parts store. Put some on a rag or paper towel and rub it into the stains. Wipe clean with another paper towel or rag and see if it is gone. Repeat as necessary. Hopefully that will dissolve the oil so it comes out.

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- Susan

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March 18, 20161 found this helpful
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I had some odd yellow stains in my white enamel kitchen sink which did not respond to the usual bleach cleaner/Bon Ami cleanser. I tried peroxide, bathroom cleaner, cooktop cleaner, Soft Scrub, window cleaner, mildew inhibitor, Borax with lemon juice, OxyCLean with lemon juice, white vinegar and baking soda; I even dabbed on a bit of acetone (which is not something I wanted to do) and tried Awesome cleaner and pure bleach, which I let sit. NOTHING. Then I came home and it was as pure as the driven snow. My husband had bought and used a bit of BarKeepers' Friend. Unbelieveable.

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February 27, 2015

dark stain on sinkI have a hair removal cream stain on my white sink. It has been there for 3 weeks. Now the stain is dark grey. What can I do? Please help me!

By Jolanta

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February 28, 20150 found this helpful
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Have you tried Magic Eraser? It removed some of the stains in my bathroom that products had left behind. Some of the stains had been there for over 10 years, and it took them right off.

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May be worth a try for you.

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June 8, 20160 found this helpful
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Use Barkeepeer's Friend and a scouring pad. Took out iodine stains.

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August 30, 2016

How do I get white stains out of a brown porcelain sink?


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April 7, 2015

In a porcelain kitchen sink with stains, do the stains stay off once removed with peroxide? If the kitchen sink is used often, do the ugly stains stay off?

By Joycealaina

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November 8, 2014

My hot water heater makes my hot water yellow which has in turn yellowed my white kitchen sink that's only 3 years old. Bleach, vinegar, and baking soda did nothing. Help!

By Mick from LHC, AZ

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May 10, 2014

It appears that some eye medicine my mom used has made stains on my bathroom sink. I tried several things, but nothing works. Any suggestions?

By Gloria

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August 31, 20150 found this helpful
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We have a white kitchen sink, yes strange, but it is white. We rinsed a bowl and a plate then left them in the sink before we went overseas for 3 weeks. When we returned we found circular yellow stains where the blowl and plate had been. Tried scrubbing with Jiff, Ajax Professional Mould Remover and OzKleen Mould power, all to no avail.

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I then wiped the sink as dry as I could and sprayed on 30 Seconds Indoor Mould Remover, thinking this won't work either. But about 3 minutes later, I couldnt believe my eyes. THE YELLOW WAS COMPLETELY GONE. You can buy this product at Bunnings.

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June 7, 2009

I have used hand soap dispensers on my porcelain bathroom sinks. Unfortunately, they have left yellow circles/rings on the sinks now. I have tried many things, but I just can't find a solution to remove these stains. Please help. My bathrooms are only 3 years old. Thanks.

By Lisa Hanson from Georgetown, KY

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June 8, 20090 found this helpful

If the stains are on the sink itself like my stains from soap dispensers are try using dishwasher gel. Put some on the area, with a rag rub it in, let it sit a bit and then rub and rinse off. This is all I ever use to clean my sinks and tub after wondering one day why the side of the sink the dishwasher drained on was always so clean.

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Sadly, I no longer have the dishwasher, but I do have my gel to clean with. I use a store brand, but any kind should work.

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