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.

You will need

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

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.

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.

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.