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How to Clean China and Dishes?

How to Clean China and Dishes?

Take good care of your china and dishes; otherwise, you could end up with a set of mismatched, chipped items for which you cannot obtain matching replacements.

If you break a piece from a set, replace it as soon as possible – some designs go out of production.

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China Plates

Storing fine china When stacking clean china plates, place a paper plate on top of each one – this prevents the base of a plate from damaging the decorated surface of the one sitting below it.

China Plates

Storing fine china When stacking clean china plates, place a paper plate on top of each one – this prevents the base of a plate from damaging the decorated surface of the one sitting below it.

China Vases

  • Cleaning Pour a handful of sand or salt into dingy vases. Fill with a dishwashing-liquid solution, or pour in a little straight vinegar, and shake well. Let the mixture soak overnight, then rinse.
  • Deep vases If a china vase is too deep for cut flowers, simply place some crumplcd paper towels or newsprint in the bottom of the vase.

Cleaning Interiors of Teapots

  1. Clean a china teapot by dipping a damp cloth into baking soda. (Roll up the cloth to clean the spout.)
  2. Rub the inside of the teapot with the cloth, then rinse it well. Store it with the lid off. An old glove thumb will protect the spout.

Repairing Broken China

You can repair minor damage to china yourself, but valuable pieces are best repaired by an expert. Keep all broken pieces in a plastic bag until they can be reassembled. Do not eat or drink from chipped dishes, since the chipped parts may harbor germs.

Repairing Broken China

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Repairing China

  • Using adhesive Before you spread glue on broken china, wipe the edges with a piece of lint-free material (do not use cotton, which will leave lint). Try not to get finger­prints on the broken edges. Use epoxy for making repairs – this will allow you to expose the piece to low heat after the repair.
  • Improvised clamps When gluing small pieces of china, use modeling clary or clothes­pins to hold the pieces

Mending a Broken Handle

  1. Place the mug in a box of sand, handle side up, to hold it in place. Apply adhesive to the broken edges of the handle and to the mug.
  2. Glue the handle in position. Wipe away any extra adhesive around the seam. Leave the mug in the sand until the glue is dry.
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