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Care & Repair

From removing watermarks and repairing scratches on furniture, to cleaning jewellery and textiles, to storing and displaying your collection, our unique online guide is the place to start.

stainedglassCleaning Stained Glass

Old and valuable stained glass that has deteriorated badly (usually from long exposure to pollution) should be entrusted to a professional restorer. Gently clean lesser pieces with a soft-bristled scrubbing brush...

stoneCleaning Stoneware (general)

Because most stoneware is porous, it is important to dust it regularly with a soft brush to prevent dirt from penetrating the surface. In addition to this, you should, from time...

friableCleaning Stoneware with Friable, Flaking and Powdery Surfaces

If they are friable, limestone and sandstone must be consolidated after cleaning. Brush on a solution of one part clear acrylic matt medium to ten parts distilled water, or apply a stone sealer. To consolidate stones such as basalt and marble, warm them slightly in front...

suedeCleaning Suede

Take large suede items to a professional cleaner. Clean smaller suede items as follows: Remove any dust that has built up in the pile of the suede by gently brushing with a brass-wire brush. Spray on an aerosol...

textileCleaning Textiles (general)

If the textile is particularly valuable or fragile, never attempt to clean it yourself, but take it to a professional textile cleaner-restorer. You should also bear in mind that the older the stain is, the harder it will be to remove...

tortoiseshellCleaning Tortoiseshell

Wash with a soft cloth and warm, soapy water. Rinse with clean water and dry with a soft cloth. Moisten a soft cloth with almond oil, add a little microcrystalline wax, and rub in. Buff with another cloth. To remove scratches...