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Caring for Antique Tableware

Proper care and maintenance of antique tableware not only preserves its beauty and functionality but also enhances its value over time. Here’s a brief guide to help you care for different types of antique items, ensuring they remain in excellent condition for years to come. For detailed secrets and additional techniques on maintaining your antique treasures, consider exploring our comprehensive guide, "Art de la Table: Mastering the Art of Antique Table Styling."


Washing: Hand wash or use a gentle machine cycle with a mild detergent to preserve the fabric’s integrity.
Drying: Air dry linens when possible; avoid tumble drying to prevent shrinkage and fabric stress.
Ironing: Use a medium-hot iron on the back of the linen print to restore the fabric's smoothness and finish.
Storage: Store linens in a cool, dry place. Use acid-free tissue paper to separate items and prevent yellowing.


Cleaning: Wash antique cutlery by hand with warm soapy water, drying immediately with a soft cloth to prevent spots.
Polishing: Use a gentle silver polish for silver items, applying with a soft cloth and rubbing carefully to restore shine.
Storage: Store silver cutlery in tarnish-preventing cloth or cases that limit exposure to air and humidity.


Washing: Hand wash ceramics with a soft, damp cloth and mild detergent. Avoid using abrasive scrubs or harsh chemicals. Some items may be dishwasher safe, this will be stated on the product description if applicable. 
Handling: Handle with care to avoid chips and cracks; use padding or cushioning when stacking items for storage.


Cleaning: Hand wash glassware using warm water and a mild detergent, drying with a lint-free cloth to avoid water spots.
Temperature: Avoid sudden temperature changes, as these can cause glass to crack or shatter.
Storage: Store glassware upright in a stable, cushioned environment to prevent chipping or breakage.

These general tips will help you maintain the elegance and longevity of your antiques. For a deeper dive into antique care, including specialised techniques and insights, "Art de la Table" is an invaluable resource, offering expert advice tailored to preserving the life and lustre of your cherished items.