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Ceramic and stoneware care in monsoon

How to care your Ceramic and stoneware?

india Updated: Aug 02, 2012 03:56 IST

Hindustan Times
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How to care your Ceramic and stoneware?

1 Dusting and cleaning: Clean intricately carved vases with a dry brush in order to clean the small particles of dust embedded in the open spaces.

2 Keep them shining: To maintain the colourful lustre of ceramic sculptures, simply buff them and occasionally brush them. You can also use neutral wax shoe polish and buff them for a shinier look.

3 Combat moisture: Protect the surface of the vases with a thin coat of silicon or varnish to make it waterproof. Keep murals and sculptures away from damp or hot areas as it can cause fungus, or create salt problems, further encouraging mould growth.

4 Cleaning stone sculptures: Sculptures require minimal care. Dust with a soft cloth and then wash them thoroughly. You can also use a soft cloth that has been moistened with distilled water to clean stone sculptures.

5 Care for terracotta: These sculptures tend to absorb minerals from rain, soil and atmosphere, and get stained. To control this, always place them on a granite tile or stand.

(with inputs Anju Kumar, Artist)

First Published: Aug 01, 2012 18:43 IST