How To Properly Clean Porcelain

The term porcelain refers to a wide range of ceramic products that have been baked at high temp to get vitreous or glassy qualities. Some things are made of porcelain, and others can be made with another material such as cast iron and then coated in porcelain.

Porcelain is a common choice for everyday items in the home, from toilets to sinks, bathtubs and floor tiles. People often choose porcelain in the bathroom (or kitchen) because it is stylish, waterproof and cost-effective.

Over time however, it’s prone to stains that can detract from its usual bright white look, so it’s important to know how to look after it properly, as well as cleaning it with the right chemicals so that no damage is done.

How to clean a porcelain toilet

Many toilets around the world are created with porcelain, often because this material can be easily cleaned and does not corrode. You can read our full guide on how to clean your toilet here, which includes inside the bowl and the outer exterior as well as how to remove stains from porcelain bowls.

How to clean your porcelain sink

If you’re looking for how to clean your porcelain sink, you’ll likely want to use something that will not only remove dust and grime but help to whiten it, too. You can find out exactly how to do this on us how to clean a sink guide here.

How to clean your porcelain bathtub

Porcelain enamel bathtubs (with a porcelain coating) are often a popular choice of bathtub. It’s important to clean your porcelain bathtub with products that will not only get it looking squeaky clean and shiny, but will not do damage to the material. Find out more on cleaning your bathtub here.

How to clean porcelain tiles

When it comes to cleaning your porcelain tiles, help keep a healthier home top to bottom with Lysol® Multi-Surface Cleaner. It can be used on hard, non-porous surfaces such as porcelain and will provide long lasting freshness throughout your home. Simply follow the steps below:

For general cleaning –

Step 1: Use full-strength or dilute ¼ cup per (2 fl. oz.) per gallon of warm water.

Step 2: Apply to surface until thoroughly wet.

Step 3: Wipe with a clean cloth, sponge, or mop.

To sanitize/disinfect –

Step 1: Pre-clean surface

Step 2: Use full strength or dilute 1 fl.oz. with 5 fl.oz. of warm water.

Step 3: Apply to surface with cloth, sponge, mop or trigger spray until thoroughly wet.

Step 2: To sanitize, leave for 60 seconds before wiping

Step 3: To disinfect, leave for 6 minutes before wiping.

To remove stains from porcelain floors

This pourable cleaner can be used directly on stains for spot cleaning or diluted in water for use on large surfaces like floors.


Please note: Always use Lysol® products as directed on the label.


Give your porcelain the best chance of looking good and lasting its course by using the correct cleaning methods and products with Lysol®.