Although vintage egg cups are not as old and fragile as antique egg cups are, proper care can keep them looking their best for years to come. Vintage decorative egg cups are decor rather than functional porcelain pieces, but they are excellent examples of kitchenalia from a bygone era and make interesting collectors' items. Careful cleaning, display, and storage minimise the risk of damage to the porcelain glaze and the egg cups themselves.
How to Clean Vintage Decorative Egg Cups
Use a soft bristled paintbrush or compressed air to clean dust from crevices and detailing. Alternatively, use a triangular cotton bud to wipe away grime. If the egg cups consist of glazed porcelain, wash them in lukewarm water using mild dish soap and a soft cloth. Wash and rinse the pieces in plastic bowls rather than the kitchen sink and work over a towel. Plastic is more forgiving of slips and drops than stainless steel is. Rinse the egg cups thoroughly in clean water before gently drying them. Do not submerge porcelain with a matte finish, such as bisque, because it absorbs water. Dust and spot-clean them instead. Dab a solution of mild washing-up liquid and lukewarm water onto stains and tough dirt. Allow the solution to sit for a minute before gently wiping it away using a clean, soft cloth. Do not scrub vintage china items because scrubbing can damage their finishes. Clean vintage plastic egg cups with a soft cloth and do not submerge vintage wooden egg cups.
How to Display Vintage Decorative Egg Cups
To prevent damage, display decorative vintage egg cups out of reach of children and pets. A display cabinet with shelves and glass doors keeps your collection safe without the need to keep egg cups out of sight. Look for a cabinet with wooden rails or guards that prevent display items from slipping off the shelves. This is especially important for display cabinets in high traffic areas or parts of the home where vibration can cause items to shift. If your vintage or novelty egg cups are part of your kitchen decor, consider displaying them in a dedicated cabinet with glass doors. Storing the egg cups behind glass reduces the need to clean them, minimising the risk of damage during cleaning. Keep the egg cups out of direct sunlight because prolonged exposure can cause fading.
How to Store Vintage Decorative Egg Cups
Extreme temperatures can cause crazing and other damage to glazing. Store your egg cups away from sources of heat and cold such as air conditioning units, radiators, and boilers. Keep them in a cupboard inside the house; attics, basements, and storage sheds are prone to severe temperature fluctuations. To prevent staining and minimise the risk of impact damage, wrap each egg cup in acid-free tissue paper before packing it in a sturdy storage container.