or Not to Clean Porcelain And How To Do It
are proud of your fine china. Whether your choice is Nippon China,
Noritake China, Limoges China, RS Prussia porcelain, Royal Doulton,
other antique or Japanese porcelain, you treasure each piece for
the beauty and also for the investment you have made.
When it comes
to caring for your valuable porcelain pieces, you may wonder whether
cleaning them is such a good idea. Will it damage the finish or
reduce the value of your china?
is, yes by all means, clean your porcelain. I'll tell you how
to do it in just a minute. But first, believe me, you can only
make it look better if you give your porcelain a careful and loving
So, go ahead
and get rid of the dust, dirt, nicotine, and house paint by cleaning your porcelain.
As a seller/dealer
of quality porcelain, I can certainly tell you that after I have
cleaned my acquired porcelain, I have been able to increase my
investment because the piece looked so much better. Bottom line,
I think, is to always and periodically clean your pieces of porcelain.
Handle with care
Ok, so how do we clean delicate and precious porcelain?
What works for me is to arrange a few of the pieces of porcelain
I wish to clean around my kitchen sink. I make sure that I have
lots of rubber mats hanging over the sides of the sink for protection,
and you might even consider a rubber tipped attachment for the
water spout. You never can tell what you might bump in to.
one side of my kitchen double sink, I have warm water mixed with
mild dish washing detergent. The other side I use for rinsing
right under the spout, again with warm water, which is more comfortable
to the skin to deal with. If you don't have a double sink, put
your mix of warm water and dish detergent in a rubber dish pan.
pre-wash aid for porcelain is the commercial product Formula 409.
I use it all the time and on most anything, with no damage at
all. Liberally spray your piece with Formula 409 and let it sit
on paper towels for about 30 seconds, then rinse it under warm
water. Now, in the warm water and dish detergent mix, hand washes
if ever, use a toothbrush or scrubber. The
emphasis here is not to rub too hard, especially on raised areas
of the piece. After I have hand washed the piece, I rinse it again,
and then I place it on paper towels, to drip dry. Later, I will
finish drying the porcelain by pat drying it with a paper towel,
before I put it away.
If you come
across some stubborn scotch tape residue, I have found the Product
"Goof Off" very helpful with out causing any damage
to the porcelain. By the way, you would be surprised how often
you find porcelain which came out of a home that has small drops
of house paint on it. Between using your fingernail lightly and
using "Goof Off", it's pretty easy to remove.
Don't be afraid
of your porcelain, but on the other hand, don't mistreat it. Keep
About the Author...
Stewart Hopewell is the owner of www.eliterepeats.com.
We sell top quality antique porcelain, including Nippon China, Noritake
China, Limoges, China, RS Prussia porcelain, Royal Doulton and other
antique Japanese porcelain through our online Internet stores at
eBay and Rubylane.