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Cleaning Tips For Your Terracotta Pottery



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Terracotta pottery is the uber material for healthy plants. They keep the soil moist, insulate plant roots and breathe because they are porous clay.  Unfortunately that means that when you water for fertilize those containers, you will have the white lines that start to show up on the outside.  It is the calcium, minerals & salts from fertilizers and water that become trapped.

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When the moisture evaporates these salts are left behind.  Many people like this look and even try to turn new clay flowerpots into aged pot by applying product to the outside of the pots to get this look.  But, for those who don't here are a few tips to help get residues off.

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The best way to start cleaning terracotta pottery is to scrub the outside and try to loosen as much dirt as possible.  Use a dish scrubber, a textured sponge or nail brush.

Once the planter looks as clean as you can get it - it is time for a bath. Submerge the pot in a solution of water and vinegar.  1 Cup of white vinegar to 4 cups of clean water.  Put it in a bucket.  Let the vinegar dissolve any build up.

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Go back to step on and after 20 mins or so take the brush to the pot again for one last try.  If there is still build up soak for a bit longer and keep testing till you think you have the pot as clean as it's going to get.

End off with a really good rinse.  Make sure that all the vinegar or any soap you have used comes off before filling with fresh potting mix and fetching plants.

 
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