How to Clean Porcelain

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6-02-2021, 05:20
Porcelain can be such a beautiful white addition to your bathroom or kitchen. But, over time, it is prone to ugly stains that detract from its otherwise lovely appearance. With a little elbow grease and some normal kitchen supplies – like dish soap, bleach, and ammonia – you can make your porcelain surfaces look like new again.

Doing Routine Cleaning

  1. Wipe down the surface weekly. Part of what gets porcelain so dirty is the buildup of dirt and grime over time. Try to wipe down the surface of your porcelain on a regular basis to prevent this kind of damage – like once every week or so.
    • Use a sponge or washcloth dampened with warm water to wipe down the porcelain.
  2. Scrub it with dish soap. If you have a slightly stained piece of porcelain – whether it’s a bathtub, a sink, or a toilet – you may be able to clean it with just a little soap and elbow grease. Simply pour some mild dishwashing liquid on a sponge and scrub the porcelain for a few minutes.
    • Be sure to scrub the porcelain hard enough to make a difference. Focus on the areas with the toughest stains first.
    • When you finish, rinse the soap off of the porcelain and let it dry.
  3. Use white vinegar. Fill a bucket with 2 US gal (7.6 L) of water and add ⁄4  c (59 mL) of white vinegar. Soak a sponge in the mixture and use it to scrub the porcelain surface. Be sure to rinse the porcelain with regular water and dry the surface with a clean towel.
    • You should do this about once a month to keep the porcelain from acquiring more permanent stains.

Cleaning Tough Stains

  1. Try an ammonia mixture. Fill a bucket with warm water and add ⁄4  c (59 mL) of ammonia and ⁄4  c (59 mL) of baking soda. Soak a sponge in the cleaning solution and use it to scrub your porcelain surface. Pay special attention to areas where stains are more pronounced. Keep scrubbing until you notice the stain diminishing.
    • Be sure to wear rubber gloves while cleaning with ammonia.
    • After you finish, rinse the porcelain well to remove any remaining ammonia.
  2. Use a bleach product. If rinsing with soap doesn’t work, you may need to try something a bit more hardcore. Spray some bleach (or a cleaner containing bleach) on your porcelain item and let it sit for a few minutes. Then scrub it with your sponge and rinse the rest of the bleach off.
    • Remember that bleach can be damaging to clothing and other fabrics, so try not to get the bleach on anything other than the sponge and the porcelain.
    • Be sure to wear rubber gloves when scrubbing with the bleach product.
  3. Apply “Bar Keepers Friend.” If the bleach doesn’t get rid of all the stains, try using a product called “Bar Keepers Friend.” It is specifically formulated to get rid of rust and lime stains in kitchens and bathrooms. Simply pour a bit of the cleaning solution directly on the stains and let it sit for a few minutes. Then spend some time scrubbing the rest of the stains out.
    • You can purchase Bar Keepers Friend online and at most home improvement stores.

Preventing Damage to Your Porcelain

  1. Wipe your porcelain down after every use. Whether it’s your porcelain bathtub, sink, or toilet, try to get in the habit of wiping down your porcelain surface after every time you use it. This can help prevent buildup of grime and mildew over time.
    • If you have a porcelain bathtub, wipe it down with a sponge or melamine foam (like the “Magic Eraser”) and water after every bath.
    • If your sink is porcelain, quickly wipe it down every time after you brush your teeth or wash your hands using the sink.
  2. Protect the porcelain with lemon essential oil. Using lemon essential oil on your porcelain surfaces will add a protective layer that defends against grime and other residue buildup, while also keeping stains from setting. Put a few drops of the lemon essential oil on a clean washrag and scrub the porcelain with the rag.
    • Lemon essential oil will also give your porcelain a pretty gleam that makes it look extra clean and produce a pleasant scent for you to enjoy in your home.
  3. Avoid leaving stain-prone items in your sink. If you are worried about staining your porcelain, try not to leave anything in the sink (or on any other porcelain surface) that could stain it. This means not leaving coffee grounds or tea bags in the sink.
    • Being proactive about not staining your porcelain in your day-to-day usage is one of the best ways to protect your porcelain in the long run.
  4. Avoid leaving dishes in the sink. You should also refrain from leaving dishes in the sink that might scratch or otherwise wear on your porcelain sink surface. Leaving dishes in the sink is one of the quickest ways to damage or scratch your porcelain sink.
    • Try to get a rubber or plastic mat for the bottom of your sink to protect the porcelain (and your dishes!).

Things You’ll Need

  • Dish soap
  • Sponge
  • White vinegar
  • Ammonia
  • Baking soda
  • Bleach
  • “Bar Keepers Friend”
  • Lemon essential oil
  • Plastic or rubber sink mat
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