Cleaning China Dishes
By David Moncrief
If you have been lucky enough to inherit some of Grandma's old china dishes, you are indeed lucky. If their condition is good, you may choose to display them or maybe acutally use them - even if only on special occassions. In either case you want them to look nice. You may not be able to do anything if they have chips but you can do something if they have stains.
A prolonged soak in a common household cleaning agent - Hydrogen Peroxide - may be just the thing to give Grandmother's cassarole a new lease on life. Not all items will respond to this treatment and some pieces that have years of grease accumulation may not clean at all.
But. . . if you have something you wish you could make look brighter and make the pattern zing, then give this a try. Note: It is recommended that you test this procedure on a non-valuable china item to familiarize yourself with the steps.
A final note of caution - never use bleach to try to brighten or clean china as it will cause discoloration.
Cleaning Methods **
While not the fastest, this method is the safest way to clean and brighten a piece of china because it uses Hydrogen Peroxide readily available at any drug or grocery store. This strength typically being 3%.
To clean a whole dish:
1. || ||You will need a container large enough to hold the item while covering it completely with the Hydrogen Peroxide solution. The piece must be totally submersed.|
|2. || || Place a lid or cover on the container holding the item covered with the Hydrogen Peroxide solution - making it as air tight as possible so that the Hydorgen Peroxide cannot evaporate. If you notice significant evaporation over time, add more Hydrogen Peroxide solution and re-cover. |
|3. || ||Place the container in an out-of-the-way place and let it sit for 2-4 weeks depending on the severity of the stain or discoloration.|
|4. || || Remove the cleaned item from the solution. |
|5. || || Wash with mild soap, rinse and dry.|
|Note: You can keep the Hydrogen solution for re-use however it will loose strength with each re-use. And, for safety sake be sure to label the bottle as used Hydrogen Peroxide - Not for Medical Use.|
To clean only the inside of a dish or cup:
|1. || ||Pour enough Hydrogen Peroxide into the dish to bring the level to the rim or above the stain.|
|2. || ||Cover the top of the dish with plastic wrap so as to make the seal as air tight as possible. If you notice significant evaporation over time, add more Hydrogen Peroxide solution and re-cover. |
|3. || ||Place the item in an out-of-the-way place and let it sit for 2-4 weeks depending on the severity of the stain or discoloration.|
|4. || ||Pour out the Hydrogen Peroxide. You can pour back into original bottle and reuse. |
|5. || ||Wash item with mild soap, rinse and dry.|
|Note: You can keep the Hydrogen solution for re-use however it will loose strength each time you re-use it. And, for safety sake be sure to label the bottle as Used Hydrogen Peroxide - Not for Medical Use.|