What kind of collectibles and precious items do you have in your home? What do you value the most? Do you love cool, vintage cards with your favorite baseball players, or perhaps precious coins from years past? Maybe you love antique pieces you can only find at one-of-a-kind estate sales, like Tiffany lamps or mahogany coffee tables? Or perhaps you love those unique collectible relics from another time, like old coffee tins from the 1920s or timepieces from the Victorian era?
Whatever you’re curious and passionate about, the best way to keep your treasures and collectibles clean, safe, and ready to share is to keep up a careful and diligent cleaning routine around your home.
Whatever you hold most dear, keeping your home presentable and dust-free is a great way to ensure that you’re always ready to showcase your favorite collectibles and belongings, and keep their memory alive for years to come.
Want to preserve the things that are most precious to you? Let’s break down a few general ways to care for a home full of one-of-a-kind belongings and vintage finds – and then go deep on a few ways you can care for some common collectibles:
Practice Safe Dusting
If you can’t keep your valued collectibles in closed cases, a safe, or an out-of-the-way trophy room, you’ll have to keep up with regular dusting. The more proactive you can be about tackling dust and grime, the better. Dust regularly. Develop a routine, and try to stick to it as faithfully as possible. When you get into the swing of a regular cleaning schedule, you can help ensure that household dust and dirt won’t build up and tarnish your treasures!
When you’re dusting, use products that really work. Here at Sweeping Dimensions, we’re a big fan of microfiber cloths, which are known for their incredible capacity for picking up and trapping dust and dirt. For more delicate surfaces, you may consider a tool with a lighter touch, such as a feather duster (they make those in microfiber now, too); for more out-of-the-way spots, an extendable lambswool duster may give you the reach you need.
When you dust, be careful if you’re going to be near valuables! Before you start wiping down walls, shelves, and other surfaces, it may help to gently remove your collectibles, so you can tackle the area with vigor.
Dealing With Antiques? Use the Right Tools
For cleaning around antiques and vintage collectibles, you’ll want to be as careful as you can.
Thoughtful planning and a light touch are often going to be just what the doctor ordered. Before you get to work, be sure to look around and plan out your cleaning strategy, so you can figure out what spots you should focus on, what household items you can move, and what areas you’ll need to work around.
It might also be important to update your cleaning caddy with tools meant for vintage or antique surfaces. In general, a good rule of thumb is to avoid harmful or intense chemicals for cleaning (which could damage your most delicate items), and use gentler, softer cleaning tools instead of brash items, like hard, bristly brushes.
Cleaning Frames, Art, and Precious Pictures
Are the walls of your hallways and living areas adorned with beautiful photos in collectible frames?
Before cleaning frames and artwork, take care to determine if the cover is glass or plexiglass, as plexiglass needs to be cleaned with as gentle a cleaner as possible – non-abrasive and ammonia-free. As you go, be sure to take frames off the wall and set them on a stable surface.
Always be sure to use a soft cloth (like a microfiber cloth), and be sure to spray glass cleaning solution or mildly soapy water on the cloth to wipe gently over the glass surface and frame – never spray cleanser directly onto the item itself!
In addition, try and display your framed art on walls where air conditioning and heating vents won’t blow directly onto your favorite photographs or paintings. Stabilizing the temperature around your favorite pieces can help prevent condensation from forming, which can, in turn, help prevent the growth of mold and mildew.
Caring for a Coin Collection
If you’re an avid coin collector, you would know that your fellow experts very strongly recommend that you never actually clean your collectible coins.
While many new collectors think that buffing the surface of a coin will be an improvement, this technique can actually negatively affect the coin’s appearance, damage its surface, and, most importantly, alter its value.
Major collectors advise hiring a professional to use either abrasive or non-abrasive methods to care for your collection, using processes like wire brushing or a method called “whizzing.”
If you have a good reason to clean coins – like, say, you’re helping a young collector start their own adventure with collectibles – be cautious. Set up a container with warm water and just a small squirt of dish soap along with another container of distilled water. Gently rub the coin between your fingers under the warm water and soap to get all the residue off, and then dry coins on a clean, dry towel. Remember, do all of this with extreme care and, if you’re an ardent collector, avoid deep cleaning to help preserve the value of rare coins!
Let Sweeping Dimensions Help Care for Your Home
Here at Sweeping Dimensions, we take care to protect those possessions and collectibles you hold most dear. When you need to call in the cleaning reinforcements, you can rest assured that our thoughtful, talented teams will treat your home with the utmost professionalism and attention to detail – and that includes exerting extreme care and finesse when it comes to your most precious home items.
Here at Sweeping Dimensions, we make it our job to keep your most beloved possessions and decor pieces secure, safe, and clean. We will work with you to make sure we give your home’s most important items the proper care, or the precious space, they truly deserve.
If you’re looking for a team of cleaning experts to help with your home’s unique needs, Sweeping Dimensions has you covered.
Our teams of professionally trained cleaners offer flexible availability and unparalleled attention to detail, and can bring all of the cleaning products necessary to clean your home, with an emphasis on green, environmentally friendly materials.
Bottom line? We can help take some of the pressure off of your day-to-day routine, giving you back time to focus on the things that matter most. Have any questions? Ready to get started? Drop us a line today for your free cleaning estimate.