Now would be the great time for spring cleaning your antiques and vintage collectibles. I hope you find these tips useful in cleaning and caring for your unique treasure finds!
Tips for China and Porcelain
- A hair dryer set on cool can be used to blow dust of off ornate pieces of porcelain.
- Always wash antique china in a sink lined with a rubber mat prevent chipping. Antique china should be washed in mild soapy water with a dash of ammonia to add shine.
- Rub salt inside old tea and coffee cups to remove stains.
- Never use bleach on shimmering or gloss decorated pottery or china, it will destroy the effect.
- To get rid of residue and cloudy stains in glass bottles or vases, try denture cleaner.
Tips for Kitchen Items
- To clean an antique or vintage coffee grinder, grind white rice through the mill. When the rice comes out clean, the grinder is all clean.
Tips for Jewelry
- Do not wash rhinestones with water, it will tarnish the foil background. Do not hold jewelry under running water. Use a q-tip and glass cleaner to dab away dirt. Dry with a soft cloth.
- Diamonds clean up great in club soda.
- Never store rhinestones in a plastic bag. Moisture in the bag will cause discoloration. Likewise, don’t store sterling jewelry in cotton filled boxes, it will tarnish faster.
Tips for Furniture
- Never push antique furniture across the floor. Pick it up. Old furniture may have weak glue joints and the feet may pop off.
- To remove white rings, rub the spot with a mixture of mayonnaise and baking soda toothpaste. Wipe, then polish.
- To remove musty or bad smells from dresser drawers or trunks, sprinkle baking soda inside and leave for a week. If this doesn’t work try kitty litter
Do you have any tips you use to spring clean your precious collections? Please Share with us.
Happy Treasure Hunting!