Chinaware Cleaning and Storage Tips

Athena By Athena , 27th Nov 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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To ensure that your precious china will always look as beautiful as the day you received or bought it, here are some helpful tips.

How to Care for Your China Ware

* Use only soft brushes or cloths to wipe off leftovers before washing. Never use abrasive cleansers or steel wool pads; simply rub spots with mild cleanser.

* Most dinnerware is dishwasher safe when the pieces are carefully spaced on the racks. Avoid dishwashing china that has metallic trim.

* Although a dishwasher is a great time saver, when it comes to your fine china, you’re better off taking time to wash and dry by hand. The heat from the drying cycle can damage it. Save the dishwasher for your everyday dishes.

* To make your china cups sparkle, add one-and-a-half teaspoons of chlorine bleach to a cup of water and pour into the cups to remove tea and coffee stains. Let the solution stand for about two minutes, then pour it and rinse the cup immediately. Use dry baking soda to gently scrub stains from your china.

*If your china gets dull, you can bring back the shine with petroleum jelly. Just rub it on, let it sit for about an hour, and polish.

*Store fine china with a protective pad between each plate for maximum protection against scratching.

*Stacking cups can damage handles. Instead, hang them on hooks or place them individually in the cupboard.

*Use china cases for prolonged storage.


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author avatar Melissa Dawn
28th Nov 2011 (#)

Great tips Athena especially for the holiday season. Also, if washing crystal glasses I always slide the glass into the water sideways so the shock of hitting the water doesn't cause the crystal to crack!

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