How to Remove Tea or Coffee Stains from Porcelain
Coffee and tea are powerful staining agents. Depending on the surface to which they attach themselves, the mark can be permanent, difficult to remove, or a mild inconvenience.
Things You Will Need
- Soft scrub cleanser with bleach
Locate the cause of the stain. If you are staining your porcelain sink because you are pouring coffee or tea into, you might want to reconsider the practice. Instead of allowing the coffee to slosh around the sink, open the sink catch and pour it directly down the drain. It can’t stain your sink if it doesn’t touch it.
Act fast. The easiest way to avoid a stain is to clean it before it sets. In the case of the sink or a porcelain cup, wash it immediately after you’ve used it with warm, soapy water and no stain will form.
Remove set in stains on your sink with a little Soft Scrub with Bleach. This product is, however, an abrasive agent so it isn’t safe for all surfaces. If there’s any doubt, go to the next step.
Remove stains from porcelain coffee mugs, tea cups and tea pots by mixing a tablespoon of bleach with hot water and allowing them to soak. For sinks, fill sink with warm water and add a cup of bleach. Let soak.
Put cups and pots in your dishwasher or wash by hand with soapy warm water to remove bleach and scrub off any excess stains. For your porcelain sink, allow to drain and rinse with tap water.
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