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How do I get stains off my porcelain sink?

Started 1361147691.58 in Kitchen & Food Talk | Last reply 1361403773.09 by Shaunac

I have a Kohler double porcelain sink (its Bisque color and about 10 years old). I love my sink, but there are some light brown stains I'm unable to remove. I've tried Bartender's Friend, and it helps somewhat, but doesn't remove the stains around the drain (which are darker). Do you have any suggestions on what I could try that would remove the stains.

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Kitlynn1361147756.0232428 PostsRegistered 1/4/2008Colorado

Try using a non scratch SOS pad.

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wagirl1361147889.8874501 PostsRegistered 10/20/2004

I have used a bleach in my sink with some hot water. Plug the sink up run some hot water, just enough to cover the bottom of the sink and add a little bleach and let it sit for a while.

stevieb1361147899.6428260 PostsRegistered 11/4/2007

I use Cascade gel dishwasher detergent. I'll squirt it in my porcelain sink smear it all around with a rag or paper towel, leaving a heavy concentration on stained areas and around the drain, let it sit for a while, then scrub it with a sponge and rinse. I've also used Magic Eraser and it has worked well too.

forrestwolf1361149095.3436012 PostsRegistered 6/20/2010Deep in South Georgia

I love Earthbrite, for so many things around the house............AND another thing you can try, is to fill your sink, above the stains with hot water, and drop in a couple of denture tablets (same for the porcelain toilet) and let it sit for a while, or a paste of white vinegar and baking soda............Cool Just please DO NOT USE A PUMICE STONE........{#emotions_dlg.scared}

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wismiss1361149437.9472307 PostsRegistered 6/18/2008Central Illinois

I would call, chat, or e-mail Kohler and ask for their suggestions so you do not harm the finish and the color.



lovesrecess1361149478.9913615 PostsRegistered 7/14/2008Texas

depends on what the stains are....clorox may work in weak solution but I would try CLR....spray it on the stains and leave if for a few hours

FastDogWal­ker21361149786.0171540 PostsRegistered 1/18/2007

I am not sure what the official name is but it is similar to a pumice stone. I purchased it in the cleaning section at Home Depot. It worked really well getting the marks off of my daughter's porcelain sink. HTH

AnnikaC1361151734.443999 PostsRegistered 4/26/2011

Another suggestion would be the Magic Eraser by Mr. Clean. I don't know how, but that sucker takes off things nothing else will. Good luck!

DonnaE1361152215.38139 PostsRegistered 12/14/2008
As Wagirl says, use bleach. I do it this way: soak paper towels with full strength bleach. These will then stick to the sink surface. Leave them overnight. Remove and rinse in the morning. Stains should be gone...always works for me.

57babe1361154056.58638 PostsRegistered 8/21/2010

If the stain is RUST get Whink Rust Remover -- it will take out the stain instantly.

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Brinklii1361155629.4510277 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004Northern WI

You might try the special cleaner that is made for removing stains from stoneware. I know that Pfaltzgraff makes one brand of it. You have a lot of good suggestions here. I'm sure one of them will work.

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Daysdee1361156270.68718778 PostsRegistered 1/23/2007
On 2/17/2013 DonnaE said: As Wagirl says, use bleach. I do it this way: soak paper towels with full strength bleach. These will then stick to the sink surface. Leave them overnight. Remove and rinse in the morning. Stains should be gone...always works for me.


I do this too. (my sink is white) However, I only leave the paper towels on the sink for a few minutes and then I remove them and rinse.

wagirl1361196744.864501 PostsRegistered 10/20/2004
On 2/17/2013 DonnaE said: As Wagirl says, use bleach. I do it this way: soak paper towels with full strength bleach. These will then stick to the sink surface. Leave them overnight. Remove and rinse in the morning. Stains should be gone...always works for me.

I do the same thing in my bathtub !

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Madisson1361196980.9471978 PostsRegistered 10/13/2011SoCal

I second the Pfaltzgraff stoneware cleaner. It is actually not just a stoneware cleaner, but also a porcelain cleaner. It says so right on the bottle. Works great!

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Sunniegirl1361198643.021041 PostsRegistered 8/21/2008So. Calfornia
On 2/18/2013 Madisson said:

I second the Pfaltzgraff stoneware cleaner. It is actually not just a stoneware cleaner, but also a porcelain cleaner. It says so right on the bottle. Works great!


I have not heard of these - Where can you buy it? Thanks - I have a coupke if stains also.

KYToby1361199766.4671228 PostsRegistered 2/19/2012

I have had good luck with Soft Scrub with bleach.

olewoman1361202465.1532106 PostsRegistered 10/19/2008only my friends

I use the good ole cheap jug of bleach for everything.

glmama1361202718.4519630 PostsRegistered 12/8/2006
Great thread. Thnks--I have a porcelain sink, too.

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Lyn081361203023.4372136 PostsRegistered 7/30/2008

Thanks for all your suggestions. I will try the bleach first. I think there are coffee stains around the drain (in the sink where I rinse my dishes). The other sink (where I wash my dishes and use the garbage disposal) has general stains on the bottom.

I'll try one suggestion after the other, starting with bleach.

suzyQ31361206539.1524518 PostsRegistered 3/15/2007

Clorox Clean-Up with Bleach should do the job. It has cleansing ingredients in addition to bleach that makes it especially effective on hard surfaces. It comes in a spray and also refill bottles.

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chickenbutt1361212958.01323567 PostsRegistered 1/16/2006chickentown
On 2/17/2013 AnnikaC said:

Another suggestion would be the Magic Eraser by Mr. Clean. I don't know how, but that sucker takes off things nothing else will. Good luck!


That was my first thought. Those things are truly magical. I've had things that nothing else will remove but they will. Just get it wet, wring it out, and go to town.

I have porcelain and also my counters are tile. The tile gets these marks on it from things like cookware and other hard items. They are dark marks. I could scrub them until the cows come home and they won't budge. But a couple of seconds with a Magic Eraser and they are gone.

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Lyn081361215905.1872136 PostsRegistered 7/30/2008

I tried the Clorox liquid bleach and the Magic Eraser, and it has lightened the stain a bit around the drain, but I can't get rid of all the stain. The stain isn't new, and I've only used Bartender's Friend in the past, which didn't do anything. I maybe have to work on the stain more.

Lynnygal1361222317.15170 PostsRegistered 5/31/2012

Lyn08, honestly, I pour bleach directly on my porcelain sink....which mine is white so it shows every little speck. What I do it pour some all around the bottom of the sink in the evening before bed, that way it can just do its thing all night....and you won't be using or running water in your sink so it will have time to soak. Hopefully by the next morning, you can rinse your sink and it will be taken care of. Good luck.

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ID21361274099.7832159 PostsRegistered 6/25/2012
On 2/18/2013 Lynnygal said:

Lyn08, honestly, I pour bleach directly on my porcelain sink....which mine is white so it shows every little speck. What I do it pour some all around the bottom of the sink in the evening before bed, that way it can just do its thing all night....and you won't be using or running water in your sink so it will have time to soak. Hopefully by the next morning, you can rinse your sink and it will be taken care of. Good luck.

Lynn Wink

Not agreeing with this recommendation. I used to use bleach on my old porcelain sink but I'd never pour it full strength and just let it sit for hours! Yikes! I'd just run a sinkful of water, add bleach, let it sit for a few minutes, rinse and it'll just glisten!!

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