Any tips on how to clean this sink plug hole?

My bathroom sink plug hole has started to get black bits around it. I've tried Mr Muscle and Cif sprays but they can't seem to get rid of them. Can someone recommend any products or solutions on how to remove them please?


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  • FreeBear
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    A toothbrush will get in there to scrub away most, if not all of the black stuff.
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  • Penguin_
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    If you can not use it for 12-18 hours, close the plughole, roll some loo roll into a sausage shape pressing it down & around outside of the plughole & then put bleach on the loo roll & press the loo roll down.

    Leave for as long as you can.
  • CliveOfIndia
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    As above, an old toothbrush and some bleach.  You could also try closing the plug, pouring in a bit of bleach, leave it for half an hour then giving it a go with a toothbrush if it's really stubborn.  A word of warning though - bleach can sometimes discolour chrome, in my experience, so I'd try just scrubbing with a toothbrush first.
    If all else fails, it's actually not too difficult to remove the whole plughole unit, so long as you can get access from underneath/behind it.  You could then remove it and take your time to give it a really good clean in some warm soapy water.  That's probably a last resort, but it's not too difficult to do with a few basic tools and a modicum of DIY experience.  Just takes a bit of time, like most DIY jobs !
    But yep, an old toothbrush will odds on do the job.  I keep several old toothbrushes in the garage for exactly this kind of thing, they're an invaluable tool !  My wife thinks I'm bonkers, but I never throw away anything that might come in handy sometime.
  • grumbler
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    Bleach discolours stuff, but doesn't dissolve/remove it. Depending on what it actually is, for removing it's better to use a brush, as suggested, or some other mechanical means in combination with washing powder or, possibly, drain unblocker.
  • DigSunPap
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    Soak it in bleach and scrub with a toothbrush
  • Belenus
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    I clean ours with a pointed wooden skewer followed by an old toothbrush.
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    edited 3 November 2023 at 6:34PM
    CliveOfIndia said:....
    But yep, an old toothbrush will odds on do the job.  I keep several old toothbrushes in the garage for exactly this kind of thing, they're an invaluable tool !  My wife thinks I'm bonkers, but I never throw away anything that might come in handy sometime.
    I keep old toothbrushes for odd cleaning jobs.

    My wife also thinks I am bonkers but not because of that.  :D
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  • flashg67
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    some of the black is probably on the silicone sealant  - use a blade to gently remove the excess silicone - it wont affect the seal.  HG mould remover is good stuff I've found
  • Alanp
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    If your going to the trouble of removing it then just replace it for a new one, they’re not expensive 
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