11/04/2011 08:41 am ET | Updated Oct 11, 2012

Daily Cleaning Tip: Storing China

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Store fine china in padded china storage bags with dividers to protect against scratches, dust, and breakage. Stack same-size plates on top of one another and lay felt place protectors between each to prevent chipping or scratching. Choose china storage bags with identification windows or ID tags on the outside, using a label marker to label the contents. Many china storage bag sets accommodate a full service of twelve. Store the china storage bags on a low shelf or in a hutch to make them easier to retrieve and put back (and more likely to survive an earthquake). Always keep china at room temperature; never store it in the garage or attic, where extreme heat or cold could cause cracking. Store creamers, sugar bowls, teapots, and other nonstackable pieces on a felt-lined cabinet shelf with ample space between them. Invert lids, rest them on the base, and place a piece felt in between the two pieces. Never stack cups, as stacking makes them vulnerable to chipping.

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