Dealing with Porcelain Water Rings

by Lee Wyatt
(last updated October 4, 2010)

Dealing with porcelain water rings can create a few unique and interesting problems for those who are interested in cleaning. The primary concern is that there are some types of porcelain sinks that are fairly delicate. This means that care needs to be taken when you begin cleaning them. The use of some chemicals, such as CLR (Calcium, Lime, and Rust Remover) or vinegar, can be particularly damaging to these sinks. In addition, if you do scrub these delicate porcelain sinks, you need to be really careful that you don't scrub too hard, or you may end up damaging the sink.

That being said, the traditional methods for cleaning porcelain sinks will often work the best if the proper care is taken. Some of these methods include things like making a solution of vinegar water and a little bit of dishwashing soap (such as Dawn or Palmolive), using a little bit of CLR, gently scrubbing the area with a paste made up of baking soda and water, and then "rinsing" off with some vinegar, or possibly to use a little bit of Comet or some other scouring powder. If you are going to use any of these methods, you need to make sure that you do it carefully. You can also consult a local bathtub reglazing company, and see if they can offer you any specific advice. In the mean time, you can also check to see how "hard" your water is. Often hard water can help create many of the stains that are found in bathrooms.

If you don't know what type of porcelain you have, or what type of anti-stain protection your sink may have then you want to be on the safe side. This means that you want to make sure that you are using the gentlest method possible, and only working your way upwards to the harsher or stronger methods if you find it necessary. If at all possible, avoid using anything too harsh, such as a pumice stone. However, if the stain is exceptionally difficult to remove, you may need to use something like a pumice stone to finally get rid of it. In the end, use the gentler methods first, before working up to the more drastic ones. After having used any drastic measures, check to see if there is any damage that has been done to the porcelain. If there has, then you need to have it repaired before too much time goes by, or you may just find yourself with another difficult stain.

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