NOTE: I am not a professional collectibles
cleaner. Please consult your local antique dealer for your cleaning
advice. However, you may choose to follow my advice, but it will be
at your own risk. Personally, I have tried the following, and it
works for me.
|Stained & dirty cloth items such as dolls, material,
||Gently rub on a baking soda paste made of two parts baking
soda - one part water, and place on any stained areas. Leave it set for
several minutes, and then take off all of the paste. Repeat as
* For really stubborn stains use a very tiny pinch of salt, but use this
only as a last resort as it can act as a bleaching agent. Be sure to
keep an eye on it.
** NEVER USE A WASHING MACHINE! - Materials will fall apart with
age, and threading will come undone.
|Smelly books & paper items
||In a plastic bag, paper bag, or other confinement, wrinkle
up newspaper pieces and fill bag then place smelly paper items in the bag
for up to two weeks. Change crinkled newspaper pieces every few days
or so. The crinkled newspaper pieces will absorb most odors.
Also, you can get charcoal from your local aquarium dealer. Place
charcoal in a sock, and then in the bag with the smelly paper items to
absorb any odors.
|Special tip for figurine owners..!
||Please keep your figurines dusted regularly. The paint
will chip and be eaten away by the dust over time. Dust is very
dangerous to figurines! Use a soft dry paint brush as AGC store owners
do with their figurines. Once a year soak in mild soapy water then air
dry. DO NOT RUB...!
Cleaning your figurines & glassware.
(NEW TIP SENT IN FROM TRISH P.)
|"I have found that using a 'rinse aid', diluted in warm
water is an excellent way of cleaning your delicate figurines. It
removes dusty film, without harming the delicate patterns and it is an
excellent way of removing finger prints, leaving your treasured porcelains
gleaming. Very good on glassware as well."