How To Wash Vintage Plates

Need to know how to wash vintage plates? The way in which you wash vintage plates is very important. Whether you enjoy the thrill of hunting down the perfect vintage plates for your collection or just need to clean grandma’s pride and joy, you want to make sure your vintage pieces are taken care of. You must be able to remove years of grease and grime without causing harm to your treasures. 

To wash vintage plates, you will need:

  • Mild detergent
  • Warm water
  • Baking soda
  • Peroxide (optional)
  • Rubber gloves (optional)
  1. Allow your vintage plates to come to room temperature before washing. Old china can crack easily if taken from a cold place and put into warm water.
  2. Check the label of your mild detergent. It should not contain lemon or bleach, which can be too strong for delicate vintage plates.
  3. Place an old towel in the bottom of your sink. This will pad the hard surface, reducing the chance of breaking your plates. Fill the sink with warm water while adding a small amount of detergent.
  4. Push the water nozzle away from the sink. Also, only wash one plate at a time to prevent breakage.
  5. Wash gently with a soft cloth. Do not use any type of scrubbers or abrasive cleaners. Most of the time, this is all that is needed. If there are stains, try a small amount of baking soda and gently wipe with a soft cloth. Baking soda in non-abrasive and will not harm the plate.
  6. Remove stubborn stains by combining two parts peroxide with one part water. Immerse the vintage plate into the solution and leave overnight. Wearing gloves, carefully wipe away the stain. If the stain is not gone, soak again and repeat. It could take up to a week to get the stains to disappear. Do not use peroxide on a vintage plate if it has a cold glaze or gilded decoration over the glaze. If you are not sure, then just keep soaking in plain water with a mild detergent.
  7. Allow the now washed vintage plate to air dry. Wipe away any water spots with a soft cloth.

Remember, never use bleach to wash your vintage plates. Stored vintage plates should be rinsed every few months in warm water to remove dirt and grime. If you use your vintage plates for a meal, do not allow them to sit. Clean them immediately after eating so the food does not have time to stick or stain.

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