How To Clean Ornaments?

How To Clean Ornaments? – There cannot be a household that doesn’t have at least one little piece – a painting, or piece of china or furniture – that has been handed down, and which is treasured because of the family connections.

Ornaments need little more than dusting. And some materials, specifically unbaked clay, unglazed earthenware, or ceramics where the glaze is flaking, should not get wet at all. Dust in itself will not harm glazed objects, although it will detract from the sparkle that makes them so attractive. But it will damage unglazed objects, working its way into fabric of the pot and making it impossible to clean.

A very effective way to dust ornaments is to use a brush. Starting at the top and using a soft brush, flick the dust into a duster or, even better, the nozzle of the vacuum cleaner on low power. A brush helps to dislodge dust from nooks and crannies that a duster cannot reach and will not rub it into the surface of the object. The vacuum technique is a bit awkward at first, but once you get used to it, you can thoroughly clean a lot of objects quickly. Avoid dusting gilding, which might wear away.

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On flat items such as plates, use a duster, folded into a pad so no loose ends are trailing. Press it softly on to the object and try to lift the dust off rather than rubbing it in. Microfiber dusters are very good at lifting off dust. Never use a feather duster – broken quills can scratch ornaments.

With regular dusting, you can go for literally years without washing ornaments. Eventually, however, you may decide that they are beginning to look grimy and in need of a wash. Before going ahead, have a good look at it. What is it made of? That will dictate how it can be cleaned. Plain, undecorated glass, bone china and other glazed porcelains and stoneware can all be washed.

Washing a china ornament. Use a plastic washing-up bowl. Line it with a thick towel. Fill the bowl with warm (not hot) water and add a few drops of a neutral, unperfumed, uncolored washing-up liquid. Wash objects one at a time, using a soft cloth. A soft hogshair brush will lift dirt from crevices on more elaborate objects.

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Remove the object from the bowl before emptying it, then refill it with plain warm water and rinse. Dry with kitchen towels, mopping rather than rubbing, and then put on a clean tea towel and leave to finish drying for 24 hours.

If the object is too big for a washing-up bowl, you can use the sink, again lining it with a towel. Push swivel taps well out of the way. Or wrap taps in a soft cloth – a clean dish cloth will do.

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