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Cleaning Gilt or Gilding on Bone China

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Cleaning Gilt or Gilding on Bone China

All fine china requires some level of specialized care, with particular concerns existing for gold detailed pieces. Nearly every popular china manufacturer has a pattern featuring gold details, often rim trims, handles and highlights. Spouts and footings are often heavily decorated in gold. Hand washing is the preferred method for cleaning china. When cleaning bone china, use non-abrasive mild detergent and wipe with soft, non-abrasive rags to gently remove any excess food or sauce. Lemon-based detergents are best avoided when it comes to fine china, as repeated use of lemon-based cleaners can cause pitting in delicate gold details. Sometimes, oxidation or discoloration can occur...

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