steps to clean an old porcelain sink

When Tyler and I moved into our 1940’s home, one of my favorite aspects was this beautiful porcelain sink. After a couple weeks of living here, I started to notice how awful our sink was looking. Then I started to worry… What if I ruined this old sink?? Was I really so rough on it? I’ve always dreamed of having a white (preferably farmhouse style) sink, but, was it really worth it? Is it all it’s cracked up to be? Are we going to lose our deposit because of this? Help!

Ugh. Look at that. After a few minutes of panic, I decided to (duh) Google it. Someone else has to have an old dingy sink right? Surely someone figured this out? I’m usually the type to just go for it, but I didn’t want to maybe cause any (more) damage to the sink. Here is what my Googleing found, and what worked best for me!

First, spray the sink with Tilex. (The website said to put paper towels down on the wet surface to hold it to the porcelain. Well, we don’t buy paper towels. It’s so much more cost efficient and environmentally friendly to keep rags under the sink. The first time I did this I just left it open and did not cover the Tilex, but I really had to watch our cats like a hawk to make sure they didn’t play in the sink. I did want to try the paper towel method though, for comparison. And, FYI, I didn’t notice any difference in the outcome.) I let it sit for about an hour, and then rinsed it away.

WHOA! Right?? Where’d the nasty yellow go?? It’s so white!! Really, only an hour of patience and it already looks so much better. (If the stains are really bad, you can let it sit overnight, though the Tilex bottle warns against prolonged use on porcelain. It’s up to your discretion.)

Okay, now how about those black and silver scuffs. These freak me out. I don’t know why. Maybe it’s because they look like veins. I don’t know. Anyway…

I was shocked (!) when I read to use glass cook top cleaner on the scuffs. Really? It just seems so… wrong! Well it isn’t. It’s all sorts of right. Luckily we had some from our last house that had a glass top stove. Squirt some on the scuffs, and scrub away. I use a scrubby rag from Target.

Look at that. Dang. I barely even had to use any effort to get the scuffs off. They basically just wiped off. So cool!

Once your sink is nice and clean, dry it thoroughly and marvel at how pretty your sink looks. After it is completely dry, you can buff it with car wax for a longer life in between stains and scuffs. It preserved the niceness of our sink for a little while, but not enough for me to really do it each time.

What are your best methods for cleaning??