Thursday, January 3, 2019

31 Days to Organization - Day 3: Clean & Store your Holiday China and Silver

Happy New Year! January is a time to start begin again with a fresh, clean it is only appropriate that January is National Organization Month! And since many people make a New Year's resolution to become more organized, I'll be posting organization tips every day for the month of January.

Day 5 - Clean & Store your Holiday China and Silver

After all the entertaining during the past month, it's time for your holiday silver and china to make their way back into storage until next season. But how do you prepare them for their slumber and make sure they are protected and preserved?

Start with a thorough cleaning of all your tableware. Once everything is dry, you can keep the dings, dents and chips at bay with storage pieces specially made for your china and silver.

The process is not difficult and you will be able to rest assured your treasures will be just as beautiful when you pull them out again for the next holiday season.

China Cleaning & Storage Tips:
  • If your china has a metallic trim, you can remove the tarnish with a silver cleaner prior to washing and touch up with a polishing cloth after washing.
  • Hand wash. Hand washing is recommended even for "dishwasher safe" china.
  • Use tepid water with a mild detergent (no lemon scented dishwashing liquid).
  • To store, use cushioning between layers. You can buy specially made china pads or use flannel cloth, felt pieces or napkins. Avoid sliding china pieces against each other as this may cause scratching and chipping.
  • Place your china in padded china storage containers or carefully wrap in tissue or unprinted newspaper.
  • Store in a temperature controlled area. Severe temperature fluctuations can cause cracking and other damage.
  • If you do not plan to use your china within a year, remove it from storage and give it all a thorough washing. This will help to preserve the glaze.

Silver Cleaning & Storage Tips:
  • To prevent stains from forming on your silver, wash immediately after use with a soft cloth, hot water and a mild detergent (no lemon scented dishwashing liquid).
  • Dry thoroughly to prevent water spots. A blow dryer turned to its lowest setting is perfect for drying those detailed or hard-to-reach areas.
  • Store your silver in tarnish-resistant lined containers or in felt bags.
  • Polish as needed, but be sure to wash the piece before you use it again.

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