How to Remove Stains From Antique China

Robert Gray

Antique china pieces can add beauty to any dinner table, but it's not always easy to find pieces in good condition. China becomes stained when food or drink seeps into the glazed surface, and these are the kind you find people giving away for low prices at rummage sales.

The next time you come across a stained piece of china buy it and bring it home. There are some simple methods that can remove the stains and make the china look as good as new.

Soaking A Stained China Platter

  1. Pour enough creme peroxide into a plastic tub to submerge the china platter. (Use safety goggles and a face mask when handling creme peroxide in this volume).

  2. Slide the platter carefully into the creme peroxide and put the lid on the tub.

  3. Check daily to see if the stain has lifted. Once the stain has disappeared rinse it thoroughly before leaving it to soak for two or three hours in clean, warm water.

  4. Wash the platter with warm, soapy water. Do not use any soap or detergent with chlorine.

Spot Stain Removal On a Delicate China Cup

  1. Wash cup well and towel dry. Mix 2/3 cup cream peroxide and 1/2 cup water.

  2. Dip a cotton swab into the solution and start rubbing it over the stains on the tea cup to lift the stain. Repeat as needed. If the stain is stubborn, dip a rag into the solution and wrap the china cup in it, put the wrapped cup in a plastic bag and seal it tightly. Check every two to three hours to see if the stain is gone. Bleaching time will vary from stain to stain.

  3. Wash cup in warm soapy water once the stain has been removed.

Removing Stains from Inside a China Teapot

  1. Run warm tap water into the teapot to pre-warm it. Swish it around and pour out.

  2. Set the teapot in the sink and fill with boiling water so the spout is filled with the hot water too.

  3. Drop one whole denture tablet into the teapot. For stubborn stains, leave the teapot to soak overnight.

  4. Wash clean with warm soapy water.

  5. Tip

    To remove a stained crack line, soak the china in milk overnight.


    Previously restored china should not be soaked in cream peroxide. China pieces are restored with resins and the peroxide cream may damage the restoration.

    Never use chlorine bleach to remove china stains. It can cause the glaze to shale off and make the piece unusable.

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