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Spoon marks on ceramic mugs.? Answered

Ok I will admit I haven’t really looked around the web too hard to find a solution for this but then why go to all that bother when I can give you guys the pleasure of flexing the knowledge muscles.
I like a mug that is a bit of fun, I have Taz ones, Carry on movie ones, huge ones & now I have a saucy captains mug with a long row on rosy round bottoms on it.
I have to use this particular mug at the moment because our new kitten 'ible loves to play on the window sill right alongside where my mug always sits while I am working on the laptop, the wide base of a captains mug is the only one in the house the kitten cannot tip over :-)
The problem is that our stainless steel spoons leave unsightly grey marks on the glaze when the tea is stirred; I have tried removing them with a scourer to no avail & it now really getting on my pip :-(
I know the chances are it is because of the inferior glaze on cheap mass produced ceramics but that doesn’t help me get rid of them.
Any ideas folks?

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mole1Best Answer (author)2010-11-17

Try making a small pile of baking soda and picking some up on a damp sponge. Use that to scrub the marks. I know I've had the marks, but couldn't find any just now when I looked at mugs and dishes. Baking soda is my #1 scrubber. If that doesn't work, try Barkeeper's Friend.

Is the glaze glossy or matte?

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LauraS199 (author)2016-05-18

I was also going to recommend the Magic Erasers by Mr. Clean. They remove the tea or coffee stains from mugs, I do know that.

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Nostalgic Guy (author)aeray2010-11-17

Both good ideas if I were talking about something that were decorative, I think I would prefer something that is at least suitable for cleaning food preparation surfaces.
Perhaps I should do an 'ible about carving wooden spoons I haven't made one since I was a boy scout :-)
The bathroom cleaner idea makes me wonder if I could use an unflavoured toothpaste or smoker’s toothpowder.
I may give that a try later.

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aeray (author)Nostalgic Guy2010-11-18

Magic erasers are food-safe.

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seandogue (author)2010-11-18

a bit of dish soap and a scotchpad will clear that up. could also use cleanser, soda, etc. the scotchpad and plain water will do it, although it will take a bit more effort

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mole1 (author)2010-11-17

Just tried it on a plate. Barkeeper's Friend works using the damp sponge method. It takes scrubbing, but it works.

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lemonie (author)2010-11-17


Your spoons don't sound stainless...?
Try caustic-soda perhaps.

L

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rickharris (author)2010-11-17

A fine abrasive bathroom cleaner should do the trick. - use a wooden spoon!

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