Have you noticed an unsightly scratch or scuff on your bathroom sink? Some homeowners turn a blind eye to otherwise minor damage such as this, believing it's purely cosmetic. While scratches can certainly hurt the aesthetic value of a bathroom sink, it can also lead to more serious damage. As water enters the material through the scratch, it can weaken the sink while causing the scratch to expand in the process. Depending on the severity of the problem, this may threaten the structural integrity of your bathroom sink. With a little work, however, you can repair minor scratches and scuffs.
Prepare Your Sink
Before you begin, you'll need to prepare your sink by cleaning it thoroughly. There are dozens of different cleaning products that you can use for this purpose, but one of the most effective is diluted bleach. Fill a spray bottle with one part bleach and three parts water, after which you can spray it over your sink. Once you've coated your sink in the diluted bleach, or your preferred cleaning product, scrub it down until your sink is pristine and spotless.
Sand the Area
After cleaning your sink, you should buff out the scratch or scuff by sanding it. Start with a high-grit sandpaper and gradually work your way to a lower grit. 1,500-grit sandpaper is usually a happy medium that's not too coarse nor too fine.
When sanding your sink, though, you should wear the appropriate safety gear to protect against injury and illness. Because most sinks are made of porcelain or other stone-based materials, sanding them will create micro-sized particles of dust that are harmful when inhaled. Therefore, it's important that you wear a dust mask or respirator to when performing this renovation project. Additionally, it's recommended that you wear impact-resistant glasses or eyewear to protect your eyes from flying debris.
After sanding your bathroom sink, you should go back and clean it once more to remove any lingering dust or debris. And if you see any areas of the scratch or scuff that you missed, pull out the sander and re-sand it.
You don't have to replace your bathroom sink just because it has a scratch. Scratches are bound to occur, especially if you use your sink on a daily basis. With a little work, though, you can restore your bathroom sink to its original appearance. Just remember to follow the steps outlined here.