We realize complete maintenance and restoration of antique alabaster
Alabaster artefacts require a little attention and care
in their placement and cleaning.
We have listed a few helpful hints to maintain and enhance
the qualities of your purchased item:
- Handle the item with care especially if the alabaster
is very fine.
- Do not expose alabaster to the elements.
- Alabaster does not hold liquids. Place a glass or
plastic container in the Alabaster vase for fresh flowers.
- Do not clean alabaster in hot water or with abrasive
detergents. Use cold or warm water and a delicate soap
if necessary or simply wipe over with a wet cotton cloth.
When clean, polish the item following the instructions
- Avoid exposure to heat. High temperatures tend to
reduce the translucent quality of the stone. Use fluorescent
light bulbs for alabaster lamps and lighting in general.
Only use halogen or incandescent light bulbs on the
advice of one of our experts.
The final polish differs according to the working techniques applied.
- A product polished by hand using
traditional methods is specifically known as sparmacetato.
The artefact is smoothed down in gradual phases using
a variety of lesser abrasive sandpapers and then an
abrasive paste. A hot wax, a mixture of bees wax, glycerine,
vaseline and rosin, is then applied as the final finish.
Originally whales fat (known as sparmeceto) was applied
to the artefact, hence the term for this procedure.
To maintain this polish, simply clean the item as instructed
above and apply either Vaseline oil, neutral coloured
furniture wax or even better, Nivea hand cream. The
best results are achieved in a warm temperature.
- Richly ornate and engraved artefacts
are polished with talcum powder to enhance the details.
When the item has been carved it is soaked in milk and
then left to dry out. When completely dry, it is energetically
rubbed with a round bristle brush sprinkled with talcum
powder and then simply dusted to remove the excess powder.
This procedure can be easily carried out at home. If
necessary clean the item before proceeding with this