How to Restore Old White Kitchen Sinks

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Many things pass through our sinks over the years---our dishes and utensils as well as the food we eat. With so much use, it is important for our sinks to stay clean and cared for. Old sinks tend to collect dirt and grime more easily and can lose their shine and luster. Proper cleaning with the right materials will restore an old white kitchen sink to cleanliness and beauty.

Things You'll Need

  • Dish detergent
  • Bleach
  • Bowl
  • Sponge or rag
  • Club soda
  • Rinse your sink thoroughly with hot water. Wipe away any obvious dirt or food particles.

  • Mix water with dish detergent in the sink. Soak a rag or sponge in the soapy water and scrub the sides of the sink to remove stains. If stains persist, soak a rag in club soda and scrub.

  • Clean your sink with bleach to help restore shine to the white surface. Mix bleach and water in a bowl; choose the dilution level based on your stains or the shine you are hoping for. For general cleaning, a dilution of one part bleach to four parts water is recommended.

  • Wipe the surface of the sink with a rag or sponge soaked in the bleach solution. Thoroughly rinse all bleach residue away before placing food or clean dishes in the sink.

  • Soak the sink in a multipurpose cleaner that contains bleach, such as Fantastik Bleach or OxiClean, for tough stains or more shine. Fill sink with water and mix cleaner; follow cleaning instructions on the cleaning product for proper amount.

  • Allow sink to soak with the cleaning solution for at least half an hour, then drain and rinse thoroughly.

Tips & Warnings

  • Never clean a porcelain sink with chemicals or with harsh cleaners such as steel wool. These materials will damage the porcelain. Do not mix bleach with OxiClean, as it can create harmful gases. Be sure to read all warnings and instructions on cleaning products before use.

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