How to Remove Metal Marks From Mugs

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Things You'll Need

  • 2 soft, non-abrasive cloths or towels

  • Non-abrasive cleanser, such as Bar Keeper's Friend or Earth Friendly's Creamy Cleanser

  • Warm water

  • Dishwashing liquid

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Your dishes, bowls and mugs can accumulate metal marks from your silverware. Each time you stir your coffee or other liquid in your mug with a spoon, small metal marks are left on the mug's surface. The metal marks are black or gray in color, and dishwashing liquid alone won't remove the marks. You need a substance that can break up the mark without damaging the mug's surface.


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Step 1

Wipe the mug with a soft non-abrasive cloth or towel to remove any loose dust or dirt from the mug's surface.

Step 2

Apply 1 tbsp. of a non-abrasive cleanser to a soft non-abrasive cloth or towel.

Step 3

Rub the non-abrasive cleanser onto the metal marks on the mug. Let the non-abrasive cleanser sit for one minute.

Step 4

Remove the non-abrasive cleanser from the mug with the non-abrasive cloth or towel.


Step 5

Fill a sink with warm water. Add a tablespoon of dishwashing liquid to the water.

Step 6

Wash the mug in the soapy water.

Step 7

Rinse the mug with warm water. Dry the mug with a clean non-abrasive cloth or towel.

Step 8

Repeat steps for other mugs with metal marks.


Wear latex gloves if you don't want to get your hands wet.


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