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Spring Cleaning for Antiques & Vintage Collectibles

March 19, 2014 by Estate Auctions Inc.

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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!

 

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