I have a property in which a previous owner left brown "stains" in and
around the bathroom sink. Some cleaning ladies unsuccessfully tried to
remove them and told me it looked like cigarette burns. Other than the
discoloration, I don't see any physical damage.
Is there anything I can do to get rid of this discoloration?
Thanks for any help.
What is this sink made of? The material will determine the restoration
method. I'm sure the cleaning ladies tried abrasive cleaner like Ajax and a
acid cleaner like CLR. If not, you should try.
If it is a resin material (plastic or epoxy like) with color and texture
throughout , you may be able to sand off the discoloration then polish it
using finer grits of sandpaper and polishing compound. low temp burns which
do not blister often are not deep and can be removed this way.
Don't do this if the material appears to be fiberglass or similar unless you
are sure you will not expose the fibers and ruin the cosmetic surface look.
The location of the mark is the tell. Cigarette burns often occur at the
edges of the sink when careless smokers put them down (like it's a giant
ashtray) and forget while they burn down. These burns are long and the same
width as a butt and usually do not cause blistering. Round circles in the
bowl might indicate that someone crushed out butts there but I doubt the
heat would be there long enough to damage. If the previous owner was into
drugs, there are other possibilities to cause burn marks (both low and high
temp marks) as well.
I had a resin sink that often took deep rust stains from cans left on the
counter. I had to place a cloth soaked with bleach on the spot for a few
hours to get some stains out. Eventually, I painted the whole surface with
an Epoxy bathroom paint.
After you get it clean, try to find a sealer compatible with the surface so
that stains cannot penetrate. Older surfaces can become porous as abrasive
cleaners scour away the original polish and seal.
HELL that will never work William
dishwasher detergent for a cigarette burn?????????????
if that worked we would all be drinking that to get rid of the tar in our
(damn 2nd hand smoke)
when we were kids our parents use to tell us to gargle with it, but never
your old pal
HomeOwnersHub.com is a website for homeowners and building and maintenance pros. It is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers or service providers discussed here.
All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.