Polishing a Porcelain Sink

Porcelain sinks are common fixtures throughout households in the United States and many other countries. Porcelain is a clean-looking, easy to use surface that is ideal for a sink fixture. However, whether you have a porcelain sink in your kitchen, your bathroom, or somewhere else in your home, the fact that the sink is used frequently means that it is subject to many potential sources of dirt or debris. Cleaning and polishing your porcelain sink regularly will help ensure that the porcelain lasts as long as possible, and will also help you preserve the appearance of the fixture as well.

Tools and Materials

  • Soft bristle toothbrush
  • Polishing gel for porcelain
  • Porcelain cleaner powder
  • Sponges
  • Paper towels
  • Protective gloves

Step 1 -- Clean the Sink

Before you can polish your porcelain sink, you'll first need to clean up the larger bits of dirt and debris. Remove any items from the sink and take a moment to survey the porcelain for stains, caked-on bits of food, or other objects. Scrub them off using the cleaning powder and the sponges. If necessary, you may need to use a scouring pad to help remove tougher stains and bits of debris.

Use the cleaning agent with a toothbrush to remove hard-to-eliminate stains. Sprinkle a small bit of the powder in the affected area and then make small circular motions with your toothbrush to remove the stain. Make sure you follow any other instructions that come along with the cleaning powder for your porcelain sink.

Step 2 -- Apply Powder

If there are still stains that remain, apply a slightly larger amount of powder to them and allow the powder to sit. Most powders will take effect within about an hour; check on the stain at that point, then wash the powder off with warm water. Dry the sink thoroughly with a set of paper towels.

Step 3 -- Polish the Sink

Once the sink is entirely free of grime, dirt, grease, or any other debris that may have been left in it, you're ready to polish. Apply a small bit of polishing gel to a paper towel or a soft cloth, then gently rub the gel into the porcelain. Work in such a way that you can keep track of which parts of the sink you've already polished. This will ensure that you address each part of the porcelain evenly and that no section ends up looking more polished than any other.

Step 4 -- Continue to Clean

One of the best ways to protect your polishing job after you've completed it is to make sure that your sink doesn't have the opportunity to get dirty again. Be careful to remove all dishes and other items from the sink, and wash off any substances that are in the sink that may end up leaving a stain before they have the opportunity to cause any damage.