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How to Clean Antique Porcelain & Pottery

Using these methods, you no longer need to fear ruining the beautiful glaze on that fancy vase you inherited years ago.


  • Step 1: Wipe off dust Dust the item with a soft dusting cloth.
  • Step 2: Remove adhesive Use adhesive remover to remove glue or tape residue from the piece.
  • Step 3: Line bins with towels Line each bin with towels.
  • TIP: Covering the sides and bottoms of the bins helps keep your precious antiques from getting damaged while being cleaned.
  • Step 4: Fill bins or sink with water Fill the plastic bins with warm water.
  • Step 5: Add soap Add a quarter-sized amount of mild dishwashing soap to one of the bins.
  • Step 6: Hand wash Hand wash the pottery or porcelain in the soapy water, being careful on raised areas.
  • TIP: If any part of the porcelain or pottery appears damaged, do not attempt to clean it until it has been repaired by a professional.
  • Step 7: Rinse Rinse off the piece in the bin with clean water.
  • Step 8: Pat dry Pat the item dry with paper towels. Let it sit on paper towels to ensure it is completely dry before putting it away.
  • FACT: During the Ming dynasty, Chinese potters perfected the use of cobalt for painting scenes in blue underneath a glaze, a technique that quickly spread throughout the world.

You Will Need

  • A soft dusting cloth
  • Adhesive remover
  • Two plastic bins
  • Towels
  • Mild dishwashing soap
  • Paper towels

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