How to Clean Porcelain Enamel Sinks

Porcelain enamel sinks, made from glass fused onto steel or aluminum, add a nice touch to any home's bathroom or kitchen.

Gentle Cleaning

While porcelain enamel is acid-resistant and durable, scratches may still occur. Excessive acid contact and scratching leads to a rough surface, promoting stains and rust. Strong acids, bases, and abrasives aren't recommended for cleaning, according to Pioneer Thinking. Start with gentle detergents and baking soda, and work up to stronger solutions and fine abrasives to make your porcelain enamel sinks shine.

Clear the sink of dishes. Dampen a sponge or cloth with hot water and add a small amount of dish soap.

Rinse out the sink with hot water. Scrub the surface with the soapy cloth.

Rinse out the sink with clean water and check for stains. Dry it with a clean cloth.

Soap Scum and Grease Removal

Plug the drain and fill the sink with 2 or 3 inches of warm water. Add 2 tbsp. baking soda to the water.

Scrub the sink with a sponge and the baking soda solution.

Empty the sink and rinse it well with clean water. Dry it thoroughly with a clean cloth.

Stain Removal

Sprinkle fine powder cleanser or spray bleach cleaner into the sink.

Scrub it with a damp sponge or cloth to remove stains and clean inside scratches. Don't allow the bleach to sit in the sink. Rinse it well with clean water.

Dry the sink thoroughly with a clean cloth.

Things You Will Need

  • Dish soap
  • Sponge or cloth
  • Baking soda
  • Fine powder cleanser
  • Bleach spray, diluted with water

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Melissa Rae has been a writer since 2008, specializing in home-and-garden, business, technology and education topics. Rae holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration from Herzing University.