How to Remove Stains From Enamel

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Enamel is a smooth, durable surface widely used for bathtubs, sinks, tiles and appliances. Stains can eventually show up on your enamel caused by rust, soap scum and everyday grime. Maintaining the beauty of your enamel surfaces is easy if you use the right products. Don't use harsh abrasive powders and strong chemicals when cleaning enamel. The glossy surface can be chipped, eroded and scratched, leaving unsightly marks that can be costly to repair.

Things You'll Need

  • Dish soap
  • Baking soda
  • Lemon juice
  • Cream of tartar
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Sponge
  • Bucket

Cleaning the Enamel Surface

Mix a gallon of water, a tablespoon of dish soap and a cup of baking soda.

Soak a sponge in the mixture. Use circular motions to gently wash the surface, then rinse well with water.

Remove stubborn stains by combining a cup lemon juice with 2 to 4 tablespoons of baking soda to make a paste.

Cover the stain with the paste and let the paste sit for five minutes. Scrub gently with a sponge, then rinse clean.

For rust stains, mix 3 tablespoons of cream of tartar with a cup of hydrogen peroxide.

Scrub in a circular motion, then rinse thoroughly with water.

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