Have you recently noticed a scratch embedded in the surface of your bathroom sink? You can scrub is all you want with a sponge and cleaning solution, but this isn’t going to fix the problem. Some people throw in the towel by purchasing a brand new sink, and while this is always an option, you should first attempt to fix it. With the right tools and a little bit of work, homeowners can fix most types of minor scratches and blemishes on their bathroom sink.
Clean The Area
The first step in fixing a sink scratch is to thoroughly clean the area. I recommend using a solution of 1 part bleach and 3 parts water. Spray the diluted bleach over the scratch and surrounding area and scrub it with an old toothbrush. Don’t just clean the actual scratch, but also clean a radius of about 3 inches. If there’s any stubborn soap scum, mildew, dirt or debris that’s not coming off,sprinkle it with baking soda to create a paste-like substance.
Sand It Down
Unless you plan on filling the scratch with an epoxy or resin, you’ll need to sand it down in order to remove it. Pick up a couple sheets of medium-grit sandpaper (1,500 grit works well) from your local home improvement store and either purchase or rent a small handheld sander.
Before you start, make sure you gear up in a dust mask and eye-wear. Whether your bathroom sink is made or porcelain, acrylic or any other material, breathing in these particles could lead to illness. One of the biggest mistakes do-it-yourself make is not wearing the appropriate safety gear. Also, it’s recommended that you lay out a drop cloth on your bathroom floor for easier cleanup.
With the scratch thoroughly cleaned, use the sander to smooth out the affected area of the sink. It’s important to stay within the surface of the sink and avoid going too deep. It’s easy to ruin a traditional bathroom sink by sanding too deep. Once you’ve sanded down to the scratch, don’t go any further; instead, smooth out the surrounding area so it’s even and consistent.
You aren’t out of the woods just yet. Assuming you followed the directions mentioned above and used medium-grit sandpaper on the scratch, your sink will probably feel somewhat coarse and rough. The easiest way to solve this problem is to go back over the area with fine-grit sandpaper (2,000 is recommended). Again, you want to focus on the surface of the sink and avoid going to deep. Just run the fine-grit sandpaper a couple of times over the area where the scratch was located.
Lastly, you should clean the area using the same solution of diluted bleach we previously mentioned. This should help wash away any excess dust or unwanted debris that’s lingering behind. Rinse it with fresh water after going over with diluted bleach and you’re done! Just be sure to pick up the drop cloth along with any tools or materials used during the project.