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Bone white china is a classic addition to your table setting and sets a traditional, yet elegant, tone that goes well with a variety of silverware and glassware. One of the challenges of white china is keeping it free of stains. This can be tricky when the basic function of china is to hold food and drink; items like coffee, tea, cranberry sauce and gravy invariably stain it. Numerous ways abound for cleaning china, and one method, using a denture cleanser such as Steradent, allows you to utilise the cleanser's inherent ability to remove stubborn stains in an aggressive, yet gentle, manner.
Dissolve two regular strength Steradent tablets in a basin of boiling water. Submerge your pieces of china into the mixture. Allow the pieces to soak for 10 minutes.
Put on a pair of rubber gloves and pull each piece of china out of the basin. Dunk a soft cloth in the mixture. Rub each piece with the soft cloth and watch the stains disappear, if they're not already gone.
Rinse each piece of china with hot water. Pat dry with a soft cloth.
- "A-Z Guide to Cleaning, Conserving and Repairing Antiques"; Tom Rowland, Noël Riley; 1998
- Avoid using extra strength Steradent as it's too powerful for most china.
- Never use Steradent or any other kind of household bleach on precious chinas.
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