If you are a collector, especially of antiques or decorative glass, plates, bowls, mugs, tea sets, trinket boxes, etc, you know very well how intimidating it can be to come out of denial that it is time for some spring cleaning.
For figurines, such as Hummels, Department 56, Charming Tales, (and others), a feather duster is best, or an aerosol blast of air for those hard to reach places. If dusting doesn’t do the job, using a barely-damp soft cloth or t-shirt to clean the pieces will help remove the unwanted dust bunnies.en
For glassware pieces, fill a pan or a sink with soapy warm water and dip each glass. Carefully and lightly use a soft dishcloth to swish around the glass. Add a little vinegar to warm water for rinsing, then all that is left is to air dry.
For glazed ceramics (cookie jars, salt and pepper shakers), be weary of any cracks, because if there are even just hairline cracks or crazing, they’ll quickly show when water gets into them. Never soak any piece, just like with the glassware pieces, fill a sink with soapy warm water and with each piece, dip into the water, use a soft cloth or sponge to wash it, rinse it, then let it air-dry.
There you have it, three different areas of decorative collectibles with the best cleaning practices to keep those collectibles shining in display!