How to Care for Your Wade Ceramics

Pip Harris Pip Harris

Wade Ceramics is a notable British company that provides the world with many ceramic products.

The range includes porcelain flagons, decanters, industrial components for automobiles, water jugs, tableware, and collectables as well as pestles and mortars. Be sure to take care of your Wade Ceramics items, so they last a long time.

Cleaning Your Wade Ceramics

Before you clean your ceramics, identify all the materials of the piece, including wooden and ivory handles as well as metal mounts. Examine the piece thoroughly in good light. Remember that you should not remove all stains and dirt as some could also bear historical significance and removing them could even damage the piece. First, try to test clean a small area. Remove dust with a soft damp cloth or a soft brush.

Use a mild detergent as harsh household detergents could damage the surface of the ceramics. Abrasive liquids can damage the enamel and glaze and ruin the decorations. Do not use a dishwasher because it is too aggressive for fragile ceramics.

Restoring and Repairing Wade Ceramics

If your Wade Ceramics piece is quite expensive or rare, it is best to leave repair work to professionals. Amateurs could cause further damage when attempting to repair a broken piece by misaligning the edges, staining porous ceramic bodies with adhesive, or leaving lumps of adhesive along the break line. Moreover, common household adhesives are inappropriate for such repairs because they discolour, are too thick, or bond instantly, leaving no time to align the pieces properly.

Conservators, on the other hand, use specialist adhesives that are often not readily available to the public. However, you can repair some damage to your collectibles with the proper adhesive if you feel confident to do so.

Storing Your Wade Ceramics

Many people prefer to display their ceramics on a mantelpiece. However, direct sunlight, sudden temperature changes, and humidity can damage the ceramics in the long run. Old restorations and repairs are also quite vulnerable to the environment as some restoration materials for filling and retouching could discolour in the dark or in strong light. It is best not to keep the items on open shelves. Moreover, the main type of ceramics damage is impact damage.

Therefore, try not to display the items in areas with too much passing traffic. Use a display cabinet for showcasing your collection. In the cabinet, the pieces should not be too crowded and it is best when they do not touch each other. If you live near a busy road or the floor in your home is springy, place a piece of leather underneath each ceramic object to reduce vibration and wobbling, so the pieces do not fall. You can also use commercial waxes that you put under the pieces, but these could leave stains.

Another option is using special mounts for ceramics.