Toilets should not be taken for granted. No matter how expensive your toilets or sanitary fittings are, they lose their glare and shine with time.
It usually happens when the topcoat or enamel washes away. This is when surfaces become prone to being eroded and scratched.
These scratches leave permanent marks on the porcelain sanitary.
However, don’t worry, I have got you covered. There are ways that you can restore your bathroom’s porcelain sanitary as brand new.
This would require a lot of home supplies and devised strategy for the toilet treatment.
It’s been said that the toilet is among the most important fixture in your bathroom, and for a good reason.
Let’s first understand why this is important, and then we’ll dive into how to achieve it.
Why Do Bathrooms Need To Be Restored?
Porcelain fitting and sanitary works are installed at the time of construction.
In most cases, they are not removed or replaced until you plan to renovate your house or fix a broken toilet.
This is the particular reason that the value of the bathrooms begins to depreciate by the continuous wear and tear over time.
Many of the root causes affect the bathroom adversely, such as; hard water, mildew or mold growth, and strong cleaning products that stain the toilets and sanitary fitting.
All of these factors give the bathroom an unappealing outlook, making you wish to restore it as it was new.
This is not something to worry about, as small cracks or imperfections in the porcelain can also be fixed if you know what you are about to do.
Thus, let’s dive into the real deal.
Before fixing your bathroom, you should know that you would have to think like a professional.
You would not want to address your bathroom fittings as an amateur and complicate things.
- Empty the bowl of the toilet.
- Clean the toilet bowl with an approved toilet cleaner that would effectively remove any mildew or stains inside the toilet.
- Make sure the water supply is cut off, and there is no chance of the water coming into the toilet.
- Ensure the toilet remains empty and does not refill once emptied.
- Put on your rubber gloves (disposable ones are better) because you would not want to keep them afterward.
- Use a bucket to drain the sink or the toilet and use a wipe cloth to clean the surface.
While using the toilet cleaner, it is advised to keep the windows open to let out all chemical fumes built up inside the bathroom.
Use the exhaust fan while doing the repair work to get rid of the chemical odor or fumes.
Observe And Act Accordingly:
Since you have cleaned and emptied the toilet, now it is time to observe and analyze.
You need to consider whether your bathroom needs to be addressed for repair or refinishing.
Now, How To Tell If It Has To Be Repaired Or Refinished?
If the toilet has blue veining appearing on the enamel, it means that it needs refinishing. This can be done by painting the topcoat and covering the toilet with a new layer.
However, if you observe cracking on the toilet, you might want to move towards the repair kit to see how you can fix the cracking porcelain toilet.
A toilet built out of concrete and porcelain. Concrete tends to shrink over time, creating a crack in the porcelain design.
Such cracks are not fixable, and they will only widen with time. If this is something you are facing, you should have the toilet replaced.
Time To Refinish The Toilet:
There are specifically designed kits available in the markets that can be used to fix the toilet. These kits are designed to fix toilets, tubs, and tiles as well.
Before starting, a gentle reminder is to have a pair of disposable gloves and a google sand mask on.
Best that you have the exhaust running to get rid of the chemical fumes building up inside the bathroom.
Start by repairing any dents or scratches with the bonding agent that comes in the repair kit. You will need sandpaper to sand down the bonding agent in the toilet bowl.
Let it dry, and then you will have to sand the bonding agent until you get your desired result.
Once this step is done, you can move towards the finishing.
Apply the refinishing topcoat from your kit according to the given instruction on the package. Allow the topcoat to dry thoroughly.
When the topcoat has dried, it will give you a much deeper color than the original toilet.
Considering the like of appearance you have in mind, if you want a deeper and darker look, consider adding extra coats of the finishing glaze until you achieve your desired appearance.
Note: Be mindful that you will have to wait between applications of topcoats and let them dry through before moving towards the new coat.
After the topcoat has dried, using a 3M Microfibre cloth and finishing bond polish all the topcoats, if included in the kit, otherwise they are sold separately.
You can purchase them from Amazon and polish the surface.
After the refinishing process, it is advised not to use the toilet for 48 hours.
What If My Toilet Bowl Has Scratches?
In case your porcelain toilet has scratches, you can use baking soda to remove the scratches. Make a thick paste of baking soda with water and apply it over the minor scratch areas.
Taking a soft cloth, buff the surface until the scratch fades away.
You can also use abrasive powder to get rid of scratches, but I suggest baking soda will do your job for you.
Does Toilet Have Black Scratches?
Black scratches are the mineral build-up due to the hard water in your toilet. Minerals can be treated well with acid.
Here’s where limescale removers, vinegar and, lemon juice come in. You can apply the acid to these scratches and buff them away with clean clothes.
Frequently Asked Questions
Should porcelain toilets and sinks be scrapped?
If you think that the scrapped fixtures are in good shape, then they should be donated. Porcelain is good and long-lasting. It can be reused again.
You can remove the metal parts, like faucets, taps, and other nuts and bolts before donating and reuse them on newly installed porcelain bathroom fittings.
How can I remove metal scratches from the porcelain fixtures?
If there are metal scratches on the porcelain sinks and toilets and you are worried that abrasive powder will affect the coat of the toilet, you should use acid to remove the marks.
You can use vinegar, lime juice, or any other solvent with acidic. Make sure it does not erode the topcoat of porcelain fixtures.
Can a porcelain sink be reglazed?
You can reglaze the porcelain sink using hydrocrack acid like you do a topcoat over pots.
However, you need to be mindful of not letting water touch the surface treated with hydrofluoric acid, as it will wash away the glaze.
Can you buff scratches over the porcelain toilet?
Baking soda does wonders and can be used to buff and remove scratches from porcelain surfaces.
Restoring your porcelain bathrooms is much of a revamping task. It requires designed kits to address if major refinishing is to be done.
However, if scratches or reinstating the shine is the purpose, the household products can serve it.
Safety should be the priority in any chosen scenarios, as we would not want you to harm yourself during the process.