3 Tips for Cleaning Vintage Housewares
Good morning vintage lover!
It is bright and early on a Saturday morning and you are on the hunt at your local mega flea market, thrift store or estate sale. You found a vintage treasure that will be the perfect accessory for your entryway or mantle. There is a problem though, it is filthy! If the price is right and the structure is good go ahead and buy it and use these three tips to freshen it up when you get home.
Hot, hot, hot water!
Gunky residue? Marker? Sticky plant matter? Dirt? Hot water is the first step in the cleaning process. Try a pair of dish gloves if the heat
Baking soda will act as a cleaning agent and a gentle scrub to tackle dirt particles. It is also a green way to clean since there are no harmful chemicals.
Dollar tore tooth brush
This is a tip that I learned from my dad. A tooth brush will take that hot water/ baking soda mixture and kick it up! The bristles will help you get into every nook and crevice of your vintage treasure. Be sure to scrub in a circular motion for the best coverage. Don’t push too hard (I have broken a few glass piece here and there during the cleaning process…oops). If you pick up a pack of brushes from the dollar store, you won’t be wasting money on a cleaning tool.
Do you have any other tips for cleaning vintage finds?