Helpful Tips for Cleaning & Preserving Glass Antiques
Whether it is a gorgeous glass piece you found in an antique store or it’s an heirloom you treasure, you’ll eventually need to clear the cloudiness sot the true beauty of your antique glass can shine once again. But you definitely don’t want to go spraying these delicate pieces with commercial window cleaner. From TLC, here are some tips for cleaning antique glass.
- If you are unsure of the history of your antique glass or believe that it might be of immense value, considering taking it to a professional conservator to have it cleaned without causing damage.
- Create the right cleaning space so as to prevent any mishaps or calamities while cleaning your antique glass because while cleaning it is important, keeping it in tact is even more important!
- Know exactly what kind of glass you are working with before you begin cleaning; Frosted glass or glass with coatings, films or gold leafing will all need to be cleaned in different ways, especially if you have to remove rust or mineral deposits.
- Start with the least aggressive method to clean your antique glass; for example, try rubbing the glass with a slightly damp, lint-free cloth before you attempt to use any detergents, ammonia, vinegar, ethanol or lime products.
- Work on the tough spots first, meaning rust or mineral deposits, by scrubbing with a soft toothbrush or stiff artist’s brush.
Read more about these tips at TLC.howstuffworks.com.