My porcelain sink (and tub) have a problem
January 31, 2014 6:51 AM Subscribe
We have very hard water and it has a tendancy to stain stuff pretty quickly. The area of the sink and the tub just below the faucets are an endless battle. The only thing that has ever been able to get those stains out has been bleach, but now the bleach has only made things worse because they stain even MORE quickly. It really looks terrible. Help me fix my sink and tub so that we don't look like Grubby McSlobbersons.
posted by PuppetMcSockerson to Home & Garden (10 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
I think (am almost positive) the enamel has been damaged and it is now really porous and stain-happy. The sink is by far the worst of the two because it has a tendancy to drip if the faucet handles aren't turned off in exactly the right position. No, I can't replace the sink faucet. However, the sink is the priority for me to solve especially since that is what guests tend to see. I don't want to buy a new sink or tub, nor do I want to have to resurface the entire sink or tub. All I want is a way to protect the areas under the faucets to keep them from staining so quickly. I keep thinking something like a wax would maybe work, but I frankly have no clue. I have seen sink repair kits, but they are both really expensive and time consuming - we only have one bathroom in our house so having the sink and/or tub be not usable for a few days while it cures isn't an option. So I am back to something like a wax...? I'd be fine with having to reapply or touch up a couple times a month if need be. So cheap, moderately effective, and easy to do are things I'm looking for.
..and yes I have learned my lesson about bleach on porcelain...