There are times it’s necessary to wash your collectibles in and around your kitchen. It’s not just fine serving items that may need special care.
• Porcelain or China Dishes: For the greasy build up of food, line your sink with a towel, hold the china or porcelain piece at its sturdiest spot, and wash in warm water and dish washing liquid. Use a soft sponge and scrub only where there are stains, and air-dry the items on a towel-lined surface.
• Vases: Don’t soak vases in soapy water to loosen the grime. The porous nature of china and earthenware may allow water to seep under the surface of the glaze. The safest method to rid your vases of stains and dried-on dirt is with warm water and dishwashing liquid. Gently rub away stains with a nylon-mesh pad but never with an abrasive sponge. Be mindful that a soapy vase is a slippery vase. Keep a firm grip on the piece as you wash it. Let it air-dry. A blast from a hair dryer set medium will help dry the interior of the vase.
• Crystal: Crystal is softer than glass and more easily scratched. And crystal pieces cannot withstand extremes in temperature, so don’t even think about putting them in the dishwasher. Your best bet for maintaining their sparkle is to line your sink with a towel and gently hand wash them with dishwashing liquid and warm water. Avoid breakage by washing one piece at a time and setting on a towel-lined surface to air-dry.