Let’s face it. No matter how much care we take nicks, marks and stains happen. It is understandable for those who love their patterns as much as we love Oxford Midsummer and Block Poinsettia to become frustrated with less than perfect looking china. The important thing to remember is to not panic, there are steps you can take to help combat these pesky annoyances.
Cutlery inevitably finds a way to leave those grey and black marking eyesores on your dishes. Don’t worry, these marks shouldn’t be permanent. Take a damp sponge with a little baking soda and rub onto the markings. If this doesn’t take care of the markings, grab a tube of toothpaste and use that with your damp sponge. Make sure your rinse throughly.
If you are fighting a slight hairline crack on a piece of china, don’t overreact and pitch it. Take the time to soak the china in warm milk overnight and then wash gently with a mild soap. This will help cleanses and reduce the appearance of the crack. Take extra care when storing these items as to not compound the fracture, making it worse.
Stains happen, but you don’t have to live with them. If you have a beautiful pattern such as the Churchill Blue Willow the last thing you want are unsightly stains. One way to treat stains is with a mixture containing 50/50 salt and household vinegar. Use this as a soak and then wash with mild soap and warm water. You can also make a paste out of baking soda and water. Apply the paste directly to the stain and gently rub with a soft sponge. The follow up with washing with mild soap and warm water.
For extreme stain cases some experts recommend using good old fashioned peroxide. Simply soak the dish in peroxide or apply a 30% volume peroxide cream. This of course is for extreme cases. The best way to treat stains is to never let them form in the first place. Rinse plates after a meal if you will not be washing right away. Don’t allow drinks to stand in cups, dump out leftover liquid and rinse. Wash your dishes the day of your event, don’t allow dirty dishes to sit overnight.
Your china is a beautiful show piece of your meal, don’t let little nicks and stains distract from that. With a little extra care and perhaps a little elbow grease you can have beautiful dishes from today on.