Cleaning Porcelain Dolls

My daughter has a collection of porcelain dolls from all over the world (about 50 of all different sizes) and they are really dusty. I was wondering if anyone has any ideas as to how to clean them.

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The clothes are also smokey (we used to smoke in the apt. before buying a new house and no longer smoke in the house. We are working on quitting permanently.) I would really like to get the smell and dust off of them before we put them up on shelves again. Any and all suggestions greatly appreciated.

By sandy from MI

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January 5, 20090 found this helpful
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I believe you can use white bread, like an eraser. You tear the bread (not the crust) and squish it into a ball, then rub the surface of the dolls face. It will pick up any dust dirt/grime without any damage to the porcelain. It is an old fashioned tip, but I believe it will do the trick. Good Luck

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December 28, 20180 found this helpful

Not a comment but a question. I had my porcelain dolls in my very cold garage. Tonight I opened up the box and several of my dolls have a black line outlining their top lip. At first I thought it was a scuff mark but now I think it might be from the cold but the black out line at the top of her lip is so prominent I have tried numerous products.

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Does anybody have a suggestion for me. Been collecting dolls since Forever!!!

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January 3, 20190 found this helpful

You might want to post this as a new question. I think you will get better responses then. I'd include a photo.

My first thought was black mold but then I wondered if something seeped through the paint. Very strange and disappointing. I hope someone has good advice.

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February 23, 20090 found this helpful
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I use rubbing alcohol. Use a container large enough to immerse the entire doll. Soak a few minutes and then swish or dunk a few times to remove any solids. Drain until dry. This removes nicotine stains too.

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Anonymous
January 21, 20160 found this helpful

alcohol makes the color run sometimes, speaking from experience not a good idea

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October 17, 20180 found this helpful

Do you do it with clothes and all

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February 23, 20090 found this helpful
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I just did a major cleaning of porcelain dolls that had nicotine stains using rubbing alcohol. Put a lot of it in a pitcher big enough to hold the entire doll. Soaked it for a few minutes then swished and let drain. Doll hair was clean but not damaged and the smell was gone.

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Kathy

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September 28, 20090 found this helpful
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I like to dust my delicate items with an appropriately sized paint brush - it works quite nicely!

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September 29, 20090 found this helpful
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Wrap the dolls carefully and securely in nylon net and then use your vacuum cleaner to suck the dust through the net. The net will hold the hair and feathers in place while the holes in the net will allow the dust to be removed. A similar method can be used to remove dust/dirt from antique clothing. Lay the garment on a flat surface and cover the garment with a window screen. Then vacuum the window screen.

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September 6, 20050 found this helpful

My daughter has a collection of porcelain dolls from all over the world (about 50 of all different sizes)and they are really dusty. I was wondering if anyone has any ideas as to how to clean them. The clothes are also smokey (we used to smoke in the apt.

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before buying a new house and no longer smoke in the house. We are working on quitting permanently.) and I would really like to get the smell and dust off of them before we put them up on shelves again. Any and all suggestions greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance,
Darlene

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By nancy (Guest Post)
March 2, 20090 found this helpful

I have a few porcelain dolls that got covered in suet, how would I go about cleaning them without harming them any further. Thankyou, Nancy

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October 1, 20100 found this helpful

I copied this from a website: Use a flea comb to brush your doll's hair. Work from top to bottom. This removes dust and keeps it tangle-free. Freshen the hair by spritzing it with Febreeze. Take white bread and remove the crust. Roll the bread into a ball. Use this bread as an eraser on your porcelain doll. Rub the bread on the face and body of the doll. This will erase dirt and grime from the doll without damaging the porcelain.

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Pour a small amount of rubbing alcohol into a dish. Dip your cotton swab in the alcohol and use it to clean out hard to reach areas, such as between your doll's toes and in the corners of the eyes. Pat dry with a cotton towel.
Freshen your doll's clothes by placing them in your dryer on the air only cycle with a dryer sheet for 10 minutes. Redress your doll and repeat all steps for your entire collection every six months.

Source: eHow

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