5 ways to keep your antiques ageless

5 ways to keep your antiques ageless

The care and repair of your antiques and collectibles may seem like a daunting task if you're not sure where to turn. Here are a few tricks of the trade to help maintain your valuables — as well as suggestions for locating highly rated experts on the List.

1. Beautify bling
Remove everyday grit and grime from your jewelry by giving it a good cleaning after you wear it. Use a 100-percent cotton cloth to gently remove makeup and skin oils, then store the sparkler in a soft bag or jeweler's tissue.

2. Keeping china fine
To keep your heirloom china in tiptop shape, hand-wash in mild detergent and place a paper doily between stacked plates. If spidery surface cracks appear, find a china repair shop on the List to help fix the damage.

3. Skip the fluoride
Never use toothpaste or other abrasives to clean precious metals or stones. It can damage the metal's surface or scuff a stone, requiring the skill of a professional to buff and refinish.

4. Watch out
Like any high-precision instrument, a luxury watch needs regular servicing to remain in perfect working order. Depending on the model, its usage and the climate, experts recommend a watch checkup every three to seven years.

5. No foolin' Mother Nature
Exposure to sunlight and humidity wreaks havoc on antique furniture. Ultraviolet rays degrade wood, fabrics and certain finishes while excess moisture encourages mold growth, rot and insect infestation. To minimize adverse effects, invest in a dehumidifier and don't place great-grandma's table by a window.

Looking for a professional china repair shop, antique restoration or furniture shop in your area? Use Angie's List to find the right service companies to preserve and protect your valuables.

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