It’s great to clean with natural ingredients and better for the environment.
Before using any of these natural remedies, test in an inconspicuous area prior to use. When working with valuable antiques or collectibles, contact a professional prior to cleaning or refurbishing
Pewter – I know this sounds strange but to polish pewter, gently rub the item with cabbage leaves and buff with a soft cloth, it really works well
Old Suitcases – Vacuum inside and out to remove any dirt and dust, carefully wipe hard surfaces with a paper towel dampened with white vinegar. To clean interiors lightly spray with a 50/50 water vinegar solution, wait 5 min then use a damp sponge to wipe away any mold mildew or dirt, you may need to repeat this step a few times, washing the sponge each time. Leave case open and allow to dry completely in a sunny position
Old Rugs and furniture – Sprinkle generously with coffee grounds. Wait 24 hours then vacuum. Vodka is a natural deodorizer and kills bacteria. Simply fill a spray bottle with the cheap stuff, and use it straight. You won’t smell the alcohol once it dries. Spray rugs, upholstery, draperies and other textiles liberally with the vodka and let dry. Also baking soda is great as its completely nontoxic and absorbs odors marvelously
Antique tin – If well maintained, an antique tin can be passed down from one generation to another for decades without losing its luster. Incorrect cleaning might be the biggest factor in antique tin becoming damaged and losing its luster. Gentle cleaning is required especially if the tin has a pattern. Never rub the tin only use a dry soft cloth and gentle patting. A soft paint brush is good to use as well. If after all these steps the antique tin is still dirty, use a mild soap and water to gently wash the tin. Then dry thoroughly as tin can rust, so only do this as an absolute last resort. Never use scrub pads or steel wool to clean antique tin with
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