The Collector’s Boutique is an authorized dealer for several Spanish handcrafted porcelain brands. Established in 1974 and entering our 5th decade selling Nao, Lladro and Nadal porcelain figurines many a times our clients ask us what is the best way to clean porcelain figurines. These recommendations will ensure that your figurines are always revered for their beauty and admired when displayed.

When caring for porcelain figurines, the first consideration is their fragility. It is the delicacy and the attention to detail which makes these figurines so special and valuable. Keeping your precious porcelain figurine collection safely inside a cabinet not only cuts down on the likelihood of damage, but it also minimizes their exposure to dust.

If you are cleaning your fragile figurines, be sure to sit down at a table and clean. Don’t stand up, try to balance or hold the object in your hand, and clean the piece as it may be dropped or slip from your hand.

Removing Dust

The most important thing to remember is to use care when removing surface dust. The best way to clean dust from your porcelain figurines is to use a hair blower or a small, soft-bristled artist’s or basting brush.

Thorough Cleaning

At times your porcelain figurine will require a more thorough cleaning and simply dusting with a brush will be insufficient to get it clean. When cleaning the item, place it on a soft towel or cloth. If you accidentally knock it over it will have a soft place to fall.

The standard procedure used by many involves filling a bowl with warm water and a very mild dishwashing liquid. Dip a very soft lint free cloth into the water and gently clean the porcelain figurine until it’s free of dirt. . Never use any cleaning products that contain bleach or ammonia or abrasive components as these will damage your collectible.

Once cleaned using a clean cloth and some water wipe the figurine free of soap to remove any remaining residue. Lastly, using a soft cloth completely dry your figurine and place it back in your collection. Try to avoid wiping with towels, which can snag flowers and other delicate parts.

Final Recommendations…

Don’t immerse the figure in water! Water will inevitably enter the hollow portions of the figurine through that tiny steam-escape hole in the base. This will result in mould forming on the inside of the figurine which will have a damaging effect.

If you display your Porcelain figure in a curio cabinet or china closet, be sure to open the doors regularly and let some of the heat escape. Some glass display cabinets retain heat and this heat will damage your Porcelains and all of your collectibles for that matter.

Slow and steady will keep these pieces in good condition for a long time. Please share this article with with anyone whom you think could use this information. We are here to help our customers everyday and can be contacted either by phone on +34 952 051 351 or by email at

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