How to Remove Stains From Bone China
Determining Cause of Stain
- 1). Wash the bone china with mild detergent and a soft cloth. Don't use an abrasive pad (such as a scouring pad), as this will scratch and dull the china. Use warm water only; very hot water and sudden temperature changes can cause fine china to crack.
- 2). Examine the piece carefully. Note whether the stains are brown or gray and whether they have been caused by food/beverage or are hard water stains.
- 3). Dip a cotton swab in nail polish remover and rub the stain, avoiding any metal trim on the piece. Rinse the plate well with clear, warm water.
Removing Food Stains
- 1). Apply a bit of toothpaste to a gray stain. Rub it with a soft, clean cloth. Rinse thoroughly with warm water.
- 2). Use a mild abrasive to remove other stains. Baking soda, cream of tartar and salt can be used to polish china with a soft, damp cloth.
- 3). Use a special abrasive sponge that are made for delicate items to work on the stain. Read the label to make sure the sponge is safe for china.
Removing Hard Water Stains
- 1). Add 1/4 cup of plain distilled vinegar to your dishwasher's rinse container. Load the china in the dishwasher and run the cycle. (Make sure that your china is dishwasher safe before doing this.)
- 2). Check for stains. If they remain, try soaking the dishes overnight in a vinegar bath or in cool water with citrus rinds (lemon rinds work well).
- 3). Use a commercial lime/hard water stain remover to remove the stains. Make sure that the brand you choose is safe for china.