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Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Question

How do I get the "polished look" on bathroom fixtures (porcelain) in the bathrooms that I clean?


Answer

While porcelain and vitreous china (both used for bath room fixtures) are, technically, not the same, they are both ceramic materials with a glassy surface produced by firing the molded clay with a glaze that leaves a smooth shiny surface that is waterproof and easily cleaned. An undamaged glaze may be restored by careful cleaning with any nonabrasive product that will remove the soap residue and body oils that build up on the sink or tub.
However, over the years, that surface may become scratched by abrasive materials and discolored by the water and minerals in it and, once so damaged, it cannot be restored by simple cleaning.
New fixture surfaces can be preserved by avoiding abrasive cleaners, but once damaged there is no way of duplicating the high temperature glazing process.

Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN/ATEX Editor
lekrafft@juno.com