Caring for your Royal Collection Trust China
You’ve built up a treasured collection of fine bone china; now learn the best methods to make sure it stays beautiful for many years to come.
Our tea sets and collectible china pieces are suitable to enjoy in an everyday setting. Whether you choose to use or display them, here are our tips on how to care for your collection.
Avoid sudden temperature changes
Fine bone china is delicate and sensitive to rapid changes in temperature, so when serving tea, warm a cold cup before adding boiling water. Don’t put your china pieces in a microwave, freezer or oven, or expose them to a naked flame.
When you’re not using it, you’ll want to show off your collection at its best. To protect your treasures from dust and breakages, a glass fronted cabinet is a good choice.
Take care of your teacups
Don’t store cups by hanging them from the handle, as this may weaken the handle and cause breakages. We recommend storing them upright instead to keep your teacups and tankards in pristine condition.
Stack with care
If you are storing plates and saucers together, sliding one over another can cause marks in the glaze. We recommend separating pieces using cloth or acid free tissue paper to stop any chips or scratches.
You should clean your collection every six months to avoid the accumulation of dust, as this can cause damage. Fine bone china is not suitable for use in dishwashers – instead, clean with warm soapy water and a soft cloth or sponge.
You might be tempted to use a scouring pad to remove a stubborn stain, but steer clear of abrasive materials, especially on the gold decoration. It’s best to soak pieces in warm water then gently hand wash.
Use mild cleaning products
Tea stains on your tea set after your guests have gone home? A cleanser like baby utensil sterilising solution can work well on these; just remember to wash and rinse your china thoroughly before using again. Gentle cleaning with household toothpaste can be a good way to clean away grey ‘metal marks’ caused by cutlery.
Fine Bone China Collections
Designed in house and crafted using traditional methods in Stoke-on-Trent, our china collections are inspired by original pieces belonging to the Royal Collection. Made in the UK, these individual pieces are delicately decorated and beautifully presented.