Welcome to our Antique Bottles Community

Your FREE Account is waiting to the Best Antique Bottle Community on the Web.

Register Log in

Cleaning dust off old bottles

mf150

Well-Known Member
Nov 14, 2011
148
0
San Francisco
I have a few window bottles (some Stoddard liquors and some local western medicines), and they have been collecting dust since I museum waxed them in their place.

What is a safe way to remove the dust without affecting the patina and surface of the glass. Mainly concerned with scratching the glass or causing whirl marks that aren't already there. Maybe I'm obsessing on this subject too much.

I'd prefer to keep the bottles in-place, so that I don't have to re-museum wax them.

Some thoughts:

Microfiber cloth?

COmpressed air in a can?

Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thank you!
 

Robby Raccoon

Well-Known Member
Jun 14, 2014
4,112
0
Locō movērī
I've never had any problems with microfiber cloth except that the bottles I've painted the embossing on will lose that paint over time. I'd also use Windex on ones you want to keep shiny and clean. For those with that flaky iridescence, I'd think compressed air is best. But, light (almost no) pressure with the cloth should suffice.
 

mf150

Well-Known Member
Nov 14, 2011
148
0
San Francisco
Thank you for taking the time to respond!
Yes, I have some bottles that are cleaned (tumbled) and some that have a ground patina (dug) that I would like to preserve. Thank you for the suggestions.

I've never had any problems with microfiber cloth except that the bottles I've painted the embossing on will lose that paint over time. I'd also use Windex on ones you want to keep shiny and clean. For those with that flaky iridescence, I'd think compressed air is best. But, light (almost no) pressure with the cloth should suffice.
 

Latest posts

Staff online

Members online

Latest threads

Forum statistics

Threads
73,913
Messages
677,757
Members
14,796
Latest member
BradBrad
Top