Porcelain sinks, with their vintage looks and soft, durable surface, are a gorgeous addition to a bathroom or kitchen. But porcelain has a tendency to hold onto stains and it is easily scratched if you try and scrub the stains off. With proper care, your porcelain sink can be sparkling for years to come.

1. Start with a gentle sponge and dish soap

Porcelain can pick up small scratches easily, so avoid using scouring pads or steel wool. For surface stains, simply start with a clean sponge and some grease-cutting dish soap. Wipe in circular motions, then rinse the soap away with a clean sponge or rag.

2. Wipe the sink down with baking soda

Use a damp cloth or sponge and coat the stained portions of the sink with baking soda. Baking soda is a mild abrasive, so it will pick up stains without scratching your sink. Scrub it on in a circular motion, then be sure to rinse it all off — it will leave a residue if left to dry on the sink. Mix some ammonia or lemon juice in for further stain-fighting power.

3. Coat your sink with bleach

Coat your sink with bleach, then cover it with paper towels overnight. The paper towels will keep the bleach close to the sink, allowing it to soak into the stains. The next morning, remove the towels. Rinse and wipe the sink for an easy, hassle-free clean.

4. Use vinegar to remove watermarks

Close the drain of the sink and fill it with hot water. Then add 1-2 cups of vinegar and let it sit for 3-4 hours. Once you’ve drained the water, any water stains will be gone or easily wiped away with a sponge. Rinse the vinegar out when you are done. It is acidic, which can damage the finish if you aren’t careful.

5. Try other specific, non-abrasive cleaners

Products like Borax and ROG 1 can be used to remove tough stains, but you should know that not all cleaners are made the same. You want to avoid any abrasive cleaners (like Comet) and any acidic cleaners (Magic Eraser), as they can dull the polish on your porcelain sink.

6. Use lemon juice and table salt

Use lemon juice and table salt to get rid of rust stains. This should only be a last resort, as the abrasion and acid can dull the finish over time. However, for serious stains, you should apply a little salt, then squeeze some lemon juice over the stain. Then lightly scrub the mixture with a sponge. You can let it sit for 15-20 minutes as well to get rid of really nasty stains.

7. Use some lemon or baby oil to make your sink shine

Simply apply a few drops of oil to a clean rag and use it coat the sink. This will prevent stains from sticking to it as easily and make the sink smell great at all times.

8. Try using car wax

Try using car wax to polish your sink and prevent scratches. You won’t need much. Simply apply a little bit on a clean sponge and use it to coat the bowl of the sink. It will keep it clean and it will definitely smell great.

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