How to Repair a Porcelain Sink From a Curling Iron


Removing a burn mark left by a curling iron on a porcelain sink can be tricky. Porcelain has a surface enamel that can become discolored and dull when it is damaged. The repair method required depends on the depth of the burn. Light surface burns can be removed with an array of common household products. Burns that penetrate deep into the porcelain will need to be sanded off or may not come off at all and need to be painted over. Removing any burn mark may leave a dull spot on your porcelain sink.

Things You'll Need

  • Dish soap
  • Soft cloth
  • Toothpaste
  • Old toothbrush
  • Baking soda
  • Small bowl
  • Lemon juice
  • Soft Scrub cleaning product
  • Fine grit sandpaper (1,000- to 1,200-grit)
  • Nail polish or specialized porcelain paint
  • Scrub the area with dish soap and a soft cloth. Rinse the area with water.

  • Squeeze toothpaste over the burn. Allow the toothpaste to set for five minutes. Scrub the area with an old toothbrush, then rinse it with water. Continue if the burn remains.

  • Mix baking soda and water together in a small bowl to make a paste. Apply the paste onto the burn and let it set for about five minutes. Scrub the burn with an old toothbrush. Rinse the area. Continue if the burn is still present.

  • Apply lemon juice to the burn and let it set for five minutes. Scrub the lemon juice into the burn with a soft cloth to remove the mark. Rinse the area and continue if the burn has still not been removed.

  • Apply Soft Scrub cleaning product to the burn mark. Let the Soft Scrub set on the mark for a few minutes; the degreasing action should help to remove the burn. Scrub the burn off with a soft cloth. Rinse the area and continue if the mark remains.

  • Remove the damaged layer of porcelain by rubbing the burn mark with fine-grit sandpaper (1,000 or 1,200 grit.) Wet the sandpaper, then sand the damaged area off the sink. Brush away dust with a soft cloth.

  • Cover burns that will not come off with nail polish or specialized porcelain paint.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can also remove burns and marks from laminate countertops with Soft Scrub.
  • You may not be able to remove deep burn marks from a porcelain sink. Cover a deep burn mark with specialized porcelain paint or a sink/tub decal.
  • Some porcelain sinks that are damaged beyond repair may need to be replaced.

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