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Not for Reproduction Q-Notes Not for Reproduction30 NOVEMBER 1 . 2008 • QNotesQ - L I V I N GHoliday entertaining: how tomake your table sparkleQ - N OYour party date isTset — and the pressureEwater spots.Sis on to make sure everything is perfect. But, • Immediately dry your crystal with a lint-freewhat do you see when you pull out your tableware?Is your silver as shiny as you remem-• Avoid twisting glasses from the base; thiscloth.bered? Does your crystal sparkle like new?motion may create enough torque to breakWith the holiday season and other festivethe stem.gatherings approaching, now is the time to • To remove the milky tint caused by dishwashercleaning, use a small amount of CLRmake sure your dinnerware glitters.“China, crystal and silver are made to be used cleaner to each piece of cloudy crystal. Letregularly and, if cared for properly, these pieces this stand for several hours and rinse bycan last for generations,”says china/crystalhand. (This treatment is not recommendedrestoration manager Sara Vestal of the Greensboro for pieces with gold or platinum trim, as thegay-owned Replacements, Ltd., the world’s largest cleanser may remove the metal gild).retailer of old and new china, crystal, silver and • Store crystal pieces with the base down tocollectibles.“What’s unfortunate is the fact we see protect the delicate rim. Remember to leaveso much damage that can actually be prevented plenty of space between pieces. Glassby avoiding some very common mistakes.”expands in hot temperatures, so you want toOne of the biggest culprits Vestal sees is dishwasherdamage.“The dishwasher is a hugetal items don’t touch.make there’s enough breathing room so crys-enemy of fine dinnerware. Prongs on the racks To restore your silver’s luster, followQ - N Omay scratch the surface,Twhile heat from the dryingcycle can loosen gold or platinum trim on “A lot of people don’t realize that their silver’s fin-Ethese helpful tips:Schina, causing it to wear away. That cloudy or ish actually improves with daily use,”saysmilky look you sometimes see on crystal isReplacements’ silver restoration manager, Josecaused by the high heat actually baking lime, rust Batista.“Silver pieces that are used regularlyand other minerals from the dish water into the develop a rich patina, which is actually the blendingof thousands of tiny scratches. SThis patina ispores of the crystal. Plus, the heat can loosenthe adhesive in knife handles, potentially causingthe handle to separate from the blade.”Replacements’ experts recommend washingyour pieces by hand, even if labeled “dishwashersafe.”Avoid citrus-scented detergents— they contain acids that may damage thefinish of china and silver.Also avoid detergentscontaining bleach; chlorine in theseproducts may seep into the pores of china andcrystal, causing damage even after rinsing.Experts say these tips can helpextend the life of your china:• Storing china in areas that are not temperatureor humidity controlledQ - N O Tcan cause theEglaze to become brittle and crack. If you don’t what gives silver its beautiful satin finish.”use your china regularly, wash it at least once • Wash silver immediately after a meal. Foodeach year to keep impurities from impregnatingthe finish. This keeps the glaze strong. manently stain sterling and damage silver-left on silver for as little as one hour can per-• Fine china can develop rust spots when washed plated pieces. Be particularly wary of mayonnaise,vinegar and eggs.with silver, so it is important to clean the twoseparately. To remove rust spots from china, rub • Experts recommend washing silver in a plasticcontainer or putting a rubber mat in youra small amount of a Soft Scrub without bleachtype cleaning product on the spot. If this doesn’t sink to prevent contact between the silverwork, put a small amount of rubbing compound and any metal surfaces.on a paper towel and apply in a circular motion. • Dry immediately with a soft cloth to prevent• To get rid of nicotine stains on china, make a water spots. One helpful hint — use a blowpaste out of baking soda — scrub and let it dryer on a low setting to dry hard to reachstand for 30 minutes before rinsing. Repeat places.this process until the stain disappears.• Silver needs to breathe. When storing, avoid• Storage is extremely important when protectingyour china. Put a cushioned layertrap moisture and cause tarnish.using plastic or airtight containers that maysuch as a coffee filter, napkin or flannel• Also remember, any moisture on your handssquare between pieces to prevent scratching. can leave fingerprints, which also promotesQ - N O• Avoid setting heavierTbowls on plates and doEtarnish. Wear soft cotton gloves Swhen handlingsilver pieces.not stack handled pieces, such as cups.Stacking weight can create tiny stress fractureswhich, over time, may cause plates to would rather replace damaged pieces, others areVestal and Batista agree, while many peoplecrack or handles to break off cups.so emotionally attached to family heirlooms thatDon’t forget your crystal. Keep pieces they prefer to have their sentimental treasuressparkling with these simple steps: restored. For advice on repairing extensive damage,such as cracks or chips, contact Replacements• Wash crystal in lukewarm water and rememberto remove jewelry that might scratch the Ltd.’s restoration experts at 800-737-5223.You candelicate surface.also find additional dinnerware care tips at• One insider’s tip — add a small amount of www.replacements.com.◗vinegar to the rinse water to help prevent— courtesy of ARAcontentQ-Notes Not for Reproduction Q-Notes

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