One of the hardest parts of fine china ownership is cleaning it properly. When you have a beautiful pattern like a Lenox Kingston or a Wedgwood Kutani Crane on your china, even the slightest scratch and detract from it’s beautiful shine and colorful detailing. Here are a few simple tips to keep in mind when cleaning your fine china:
1) One of the most important things to realize is that unlike regular stoneware, fine china must be cleaned immediately. It can stain or even worse, food can dry and get caked on.
2) Tea and coffee are notorious for staining delicate and porous china. If you already are starting to see discoloration, soak the affected pieces in hot water with some lemon wedges for a few hours. The natural acidic makeup of the lemon juice is a great stain remover.
3) If you’re washing your fine china pieces, make sure you use a mild detergent like Dawn or Ivory. You can also add 2 tsp. of vinegar to the hot water and soap you’re soaking the dishes in to get rid of stains.