Porcelain sinks are elegant and sturdy with a timeless look that blends with everything – from country rustic to minimalistic decor and thrift store finds. However, they are notorious for blemishes, stains, grime, and scratch.
On the other hand, coffee is a powerful staining agent, and depending on the surface on which the drink pours, the stain can be permanent, a mild inconvenience, and difficult to remove.
The good news is that we’ve compiled a few tricks and tips to save your porcelain sinks from staining agents such as coffee. Read on!
What is a Porcelain Sink?
Porcelain sinks are made from durable and non-porous clay that can withstand very high temperatures. While some porcelain sinks are made from solid porcelain, others are made from steel, iron, and other materials with a porcelain coating.
Are Ceramic Sinks Similar to Porcelain Sinks?
Yes, ceramic sinks are similar to porcelain sinks. However, there are some notable differences between these two materials. For example, porcelain is stronger with a softer appearance compared to ceramic. Generally, porcelain is the best material when it comes to sinks and other appliances.
How to Remove Coffee Stains from Porcelain Sink
Although porcelain sinks are made from durable and non-porous materials, they have a glaze that’s susceptible to stains as well as daily wear and tear. Staining agents such as coffee may often leave stains inside your porcelain sink. The ease of removing these stains depends on whether the stain is soft or stubborn. Here, we’ve compiled a step-by-step guide to removing soft and stubborn coffee stains.
Generally, the easiest way to remove coffee stains from your porcelain sink is to clean the mess before it sets in or to generally reconsider the practice of sloshing coffee around your sink. Instead of pouring coffee around your sink, you can open the sink catch and pour your coffee directly down the drain to avoid staining your sink. Alternatively, you can pour coffee around your sink and clean it immediately to avoid staining it. Let’s dig deeper into removing coffee stains from a porcelain sink.
How to Remove Regular Surface Stains from a Porcelain Sink
Here’s how to remove soft coffee stains from your porcelain sink. Feel free to use this method either daily or weekly to keep your sink sparkling clean.
- Wet a sponge or a microfiber cloth with hot water and some dish soap.
- Wipe down your porcelain sink with the wet sponge or microfiber cloth. For extra dirty spots, apply a little grease.
- Rinse off the soap and grime on your sink with some water and voila, your sink is super clean.
How to Remove Tougher Stains from a Porcelain Sink
Here’s how to get rid of tougher coffee stains from your porcelain sink. Feel free to use this method monthly to remove stubborn coffee stains, rust spots, and gnarly grime.
- Wet your sponge or microfiber cloth with warm water then sprinkle some baking soda around the sink.
- Scrub the baking soda in the sink in a circular motion using the wet sponge or cloth. Pour some hydrogen peroxide onto the sponge or cloth and continue scrubbing.
- Rinse the sink thoroughly until there’s no more baking soda or hydrogen peroxide on it.
How Often Should You Clean Your Porcelain Sink?
Usually, porcelain sinks require regular maintenance to keep them clean and free from stains. Daily cleaning of porcelain sinks involves wiping down your sink using a microfiber cloth or sponge with warm water and dish soap. However, in our busy schedules, most of us won’t wipe down our sinks daily.
Instead, you can clean your porcelain sink weekly to keep it in an excellent condition. Cleaning weekly will prevent the buildup of stains, grease, soap scum, and dirt. Additionally, deep-clean your porcelain sink monthly to retain its beauty.
Things that You Shouldn’t Use to Clean Your Porcelain Sink
Generally, porcelain sinks are made of a durable material that requires very low maintenance. However, this material is prone to scratch or daily wear and tear. Therefore, there are some things you shouldn’t use to clean your porcelain sink to avoid damaging the surface. They include:
1. Abrasive tools
Abrasive tools such as steel wool and scouring pads will scratch your porcelain sink thus damaging it.
2. Chlorine Bleach
If you use chlorine bleach on an antique or colored porcelain sink, the finish will likely be damaged.
3. Abrasive cleaners
Abrasive cleaners with harsh chemicals will scratch, stain, or damage the surface of the porcelain sink.
Generally, if you have a colored or antique porcelain sink, avoid bleach and use non-abrasive tools and cleaners. You can use bleach to remove stains in only white colored porcelain. What’s more, liquid oxygen bleach such as hydrogen peroxide works best for both colored and white porcelain. The thumb rule is: don’t clean your porcelain sink with anything that may scratch the glass.