Taking Care of Your Vintage and Antique Collectibles

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Antiques can be a great reminder of our family, history, or even an exotic touch from another place and time. Caring for these items properly ensures that they can be passed down to another generation or sold for their highest value.

The following is a brief overview of caring for your vintage and antique collectibles. Sites such as the BBC and Antiques-UK provide detailed information on caring for various antiques. If you are in doubt you can contact a professional conservator that specializes in your type of antique.

PAPER:
Paper needs to be stored properly to preserve its value. Use acid-free and archival quality storage.

If you have a book that needs to be cleaned, use air to blow off dust and particles. Never wipe a book with a rag.

Don’t store books and papers in sunlight – it will cause fading.

GLASS, POTTERY and PORCELAIN:
Wash individually in a padded washing basin to prevent chips. Use warm water – never hot or cold – and a gentle cleanser with a soft bristled brush. Never wash antique glass or dishes in the dishwasher since the extreme heat and harsh detergent may be harmful. Gently wipe glasses...

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