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How to Make an Old Porcelain Ceramic Sink Shine

Kaye Morris

Porcelain sinks take many back in memory to their grandparent’s home. Many homeowners inherit older homes, and some homeowners choose to buy old homes because of their character and beauty. If the home has been maintained with mostly original items, it is likely to contain a porcelain sink.

Porcelain sinks are very durable and easy to maintain but can grow stained and dull with years of neglect. To make an old porcelain sink shine, try a couple of common household items.

  1. Rinse the sink with cool water, and wash with a sponge to remove dirt and dust. Dry the sink with a soft towel.

  2. Dampen a cotton ball with household bleach, and blot stained areas until the stain lifts. Rinse the area immediately. Do not let bleach sit on your sink’s surface for more than a couple of minutes or you may damage the porcelain.

  3. Pour vinegar into a quart-size spray bottle, and spray the vinegar on the sink. Allow the vinegar to sit for a couple of minutes.

  4. Wash the sink with a non-abrasive sponge. Rinse the sink thoroughly with hot water, and dry immediately with a soft towel.

  5. Tip

    To maintain the shine on your sink, cut a lemon in half and wipe the sink down weekly. Allow the lemon juice to sit for 15 minutes, and rinse the sink with cool water. Always wear gloves when working with cleaners.


    Use bleach in well-ventilated areas only, or wear a mask when working with bleach.