Chinese Imari porcelain vases of the Kangxi period

How to Take Care of your Asian Antiques

Asian antiques are originally made in China and used for various purposes, such as bath fixtures and tea sets. Porcelain is fragile and variants like bone china can make cleaning ornaments and dishes seem like a risk. Frequently, many home items in the home aside from Asian antiques are made of porcelain. Knowing the best methods of safely cleaning porcelain will definitely be to your advantage.

Dresden Porcelain Collection - 07-1975

A little love goes a long way

When it comes to your Asian antiques, you need to show a little bit of tender loving care periodically. Your Asian antiques can become spruced up with a few safe techniques for cleaning. Let the beauty of history shine through by cleaning the porcelain. Just because your antiques are old does not mean they need to look like they came out of the Halloween channel. With a few guidelines, you don’t need to be afraid of getting the beautiful glaze ruined on your inherited Asian vase.

Maintain a consistent temperature

Remember, among everything else, the most important thing is to avoid temperature changes. This might be hard to do. Just remember that using room temperature water that is neither too hot nor too cold will be a good idea. The reason behind this is that heat sometimes causes metal-trimmed dinnerware to flake off. Keeping your pieces in a stable, cool environment is definitely going to help preserve each and every valuable piece in your Asian antique collection.

Gentle Cleaning Only

You will need paper towels, mild dishwashing soap, towels, two plastic bins, adhesive remover and a soft cloth for dusting. The first step is, of course, to wipe off the dust. Use a soft cloth for dusting to dust the item. Using adhesive remover, wipe off the tape or glue residue from your Asian Antique. Use towels to line some bins. Cover the bottoms and sides of the bins to help keep your important antiques from any damages as they are getting cleaned. Fill up the sink or the bins with warm water and add soap. You can add mild dishwashing soap about a quarter-size. With your hands, wash the porcelain in the soapy water being especially careful in the areas that are raised.

If you see that any part of the porcelain Asian antique has damages, it is a bad idea to clean it until a professional has repaired it. Use clean water to rinse of the antique in the bin and pat this dry. Use paper towels to ensure it is dry completely before you put this away.

Chinese potters in the Ming dynasty perfected using blue cobalt to paint scenes beneath a glaze. This method spread quickly throughout the globe. Keeping your cleaning materials at a stable temperature will help preserve the colors and the durability of all your Asian antiques.

 Knowing how to clean your Asian antique pieces will go a long way towards maintaining a truly beautiful, valuable collection.

 

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