The following dinnerware product care guidelines are provided to help insure years of beauty and service.
- Most chips on your dinnerware occur in the dishwasher so it is particularly important to use the following precautions:
- When placing dishes in the dishwasher, avoid direct contact with metal cookware and flatware. Earthenware dishes are particularly susceptible to chipping around the edges so minimize direct contact. Follow the dishwasher manufacturer’s instructions for correct placement, detergent levels and wash strengths to insure optimum cleaning and care of your dinnerware.
- Lemon or other citrus-scented detergents are not recommended as they may damage metallic elements of your dinnerware.
- To avoid scratches, steel wool, caustic liquids and abrasive cleansers should never be used to clean your dinnerware or stemware.
- Gray marks appearing on your dinnerware are most often caused by flatware or other metal utensils leaving deposits of nickel on the surface. These marks can be successfully removed by using Bar Keepers Friend®.
- Rust spots are almost always caused by dishwasher rack prongs that have worn to expose the metal. Bar Keepers Friend® or CLR® can be used to remove these rust stains.
- Hand washing is recommended for large serving items.
Microwave and Oven Safety Tips:
- Do not permit children to handle the dishes that have been heated in the microwave.
- Heating foods and/or beverages in the microwave will cause dinnerware to become HOT.
- To retain the beauty and functionality of your ceramic dinnerware, never place them empty in a microwave and avoid and overheating.
- Always use a pot holder or oven mitt when handling any dinnerware, serving platters or bowls heated in a microwave oven.
- Metallic bands of gold and platinum should never be put into a microwave oven.
- Use caution when removing any item from the microwave containing hot liquid.
Dinnerware labeled Oven Safe should follow these six simple rules to prevent thermal shock:
- Never put a cold item directly taken out of a freezer or refrigerator into a preheated oven.
- Items going into an oven should be placed into a 200 degree preheated oven for the first 8 to 10 minutes – after such time the temperature may be raised to 350 degrees, maximum.
- Do not use regular dishes (dinner plates, salad plates, cereal bowls, etc) as bakeware.
- Be careful not to put dinnerware or bakeware taken from the oven into water while hot.
- Do not expose your dishes to direct flame either on the stove top or in the broiler.
Never use harsh abrasives like steel wool pads.
- Take care in stacking and handling as scratches are more visible on colored glazes. Really fine bone china deserves some cushion between dishes but your everyday dinnerware only needs a little tender loving care.
The dinnerware product care guidelines are straight from our manufacturers. Taking a few minutes now to review the product care will save you time and disappointment later. It will be time well spent.