Removing Porcelain Stains

Written by Amy Gordon (last updated June 8, 2020)

Do you love the look of porcelain? Good, clean porcelain can look so much better than other replacement items that can be used. A porcelain sink looks so much more attractive than stainless steel, or even glass, and a nice porcelain tub looks much fancier and is much sturdier than plastic or other options. The problem with porcelain is the damage that can come to it, and also how difficult it is to clean when it gets a stain. If you have a scratch or chip in it, look at our other articles to find out how to make them disappear. If, however, you have a stain that just will not go away, and you are not sure what else to try, read on.

The best way to remove that stubborn porcelain stain is by using just a little bit of cream of tartar. Cream of tartar is used for cooking, so you will probably already have some in your cupboard, but if you do not, just go to your local grocery store and look down the baking aisle. It should be easy to find. As a cleaning solution, it is also very handy. The powder actually comes from old wine casks, but it will make a great cleaning accessory.

Once you have some cream of tartar, all you need to do is sprinkle some of it on to a damp cloth. Take that cloth and rub the cream of tartar into the porcelain stain. Once you have thoroughly rubbed the whole area, rinse it off with just a little bit of water. The stain should wash right away.

This little tip works the best if you have a light stain. It should also work with tougher stains, but if it is really stubborn, you will probably have to look for a different solution.

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Amy Gordon

Amy Gordon loves keeping things simple, natural, and safe so she can spend more time having fun. Every day she learns new things about making life at home easier and she loves to share it with you! ...


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