“Again new decorative piece, Argh! Every new change to your so-called American vintage makes me feel like a stalemate!” cries the wife of an obsessive antiquarian.
What else could you expect from an antique piece lover?
Your house is always surrounded with a new collection of antique pieces. In return, you have a hard time adjusting the free space and cleaning the mess.
A bitter truth, your husband expects you to treasure his antique pieces and support its beauty.
So your MISSION is CLEANING antique decorative items now…
For cleaning have you tried some COOL DIY? If not check out ideas below:
Cleaning Decorative with Ketchup
Sounds weird… right?
Yes, you can clean brass and silver by rubbing ketchup or Worcestershire sauce on a damp cloth. The mild acid present in tomatoes removes tarnish and dirt from brass.
Try squirting a small amount of ketchup in an unremarkable area of the item, such as the bottom. Leave it for a minute, then wipe clean with a damp cloth to see the difference.
Drop Vinegar and Salt
In a medium-size bowl, add 1 tsp of salt and ½ cup of vinegar. Stir the mixture slowly and add all-purpose flour as a thickener. Once the paste is ready, rub the paste on your antique items whether it be brass, silver, or porcelain. Allow the paste to stay for around 10-15 mins. Rinse the item with water and dry off with a clean cloth.
Additionally, try removing the heavy dark spots in brass decorative pieces, by using hot vinegar. Add 4-5 tbsp of vinegar into a small metal container. Hit it for a minute, just so that you can touch it. Dip a cotton pad or a small piece of cloth into the hot vinegar. Rub the cloth over the brass in a circular motion. Clean with water and dry it immediately.
Apply Lemon and Baking Soda
Start by squeezing the juice from half of a lemon into a bowl. Add 1 tsp baking soda and stir the mixture. With a clean cloth, rub the mixture onto the brass decorative piece. Wipe the residue grime, reapplying the mixture as needed. Try to clean it with a wet cloth and keep drying.
You can try this solution in doorknobs and knockers. You will see your doors shining without removing any hardware.
Use Lemon and Salt
Firstly, cut a lemon in half and remove the seeds. Then, apply a pinch of salt on the half-cut of lemon and rub it over the surface of the brass. Re-coat the lemon with salt as needed. After covering the entire surface let it stay still for around 10-15 min. Gently clean the items with a clean cloth.
Rub Toothpaste to Clean Decorative
Firstly, get a non-gel toothpaste. Then, make your porcelain, brass, or silver item wet by cleaning with soap and water. Dry it using the paper towel.
Squeeze a bit of toothpaste into a piece of a soft cloth and apply it on the surface of the item. When the toothpaste starts to dry, clean the paste with a paper towel or soft cloth.
Strain Boiled Onions
Cut 2 large onions and boil in ½ liters of water for around 20-30 minutes. Strain the onion liquid using a kitchen strainer. Apply the onion water on the stains of decorative items
What to avoid while cleaning decorative pieces?
- Avoid using abrasive scrubbing cloths, metal-bristle brushes to clear the decorative items.
- Avoid toothbrushes for application of toothpaste or anything too abrasive to clean porcelain.
- Say no to bleach and chemical cleaners for cleaning.
- Avoid abrasive creams and cleaners which damages gilding, lustre or enamels.
Let your husband bring more antiques to your vintage. You can now give life and shines to his choice.
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