Colorful dinnerware sets are essential elements of any elegant table. They help set the mood and enhance dining experiences, both for special occasions and daily use. However, it’s important to take care of your dinnerware sets to prolong their life. Rough handling can result in damage, while improper storage and cleaning can lead to nasty bacteria buildup and foodborne illnesses. A proper dinnerware care routine can reduce the likelihood of cracks, chips, scratches, and breakage. Follow these tips to keep your dinnerware collections shiny and attractive for years to come.
- Don’t use dinnerware to cook food. Exposure to high temperatures and direct contact with an open flame can crack or shatter ceramic, porcelain, and melamine dishes.
- Don’t use scrubbing pads to clean crockery as doing so can result in scratches.
- Never wash dinnerware and metal cutlery together. Metal utensils can leave scratch marks on dishes.
Using a dishwasher
- Before anything else, make sure your crockery is dishwasher-safe. Older or antique porcelain dishes are very delicate and should be hand washed instead.
- Avoid placing dishes close to each other in the dishwasher as this can result in chipping or cracking.
- Set the dishwasher at the appropriate temperature and use settings as stated in the manual. As a general rule, avoid using a high heat drying setting for porcelain dinnerware.
- Use a mild dishwashing detergent. Read the label for the appropriate amount: some concentrated detergents require a smaller amount for every wash. Note that using too much can dull your crockery.
- Allow the dishes to completely cool before you remove them from the dishwasher.
Hand washing guidelines
- Always use a sponge when hand washing crockery to avoid scratches.
- Use a mild liquid dish detergent on dinnerware and a metal cleaner to remove scratches left by metal knives and forks.
- Place a plastic dishwashing container in the sink to cushion the dishes and prevent any damage while washing. Fill the container about halfway full with lukewarm water.
- To avoid overloading the container, wash only one to two dishes at a time.
- Use a delicate cleaning tool such as a dishcloth or a soft-bristled brush.
- Rinse the crockery off in lukewarm running water. You can also place another container in the sink for rinsing purposes.
- Dry dishes carefully using a soft dish towel or let them dry naturally.
- If possible, store dinnerware in a closed cabinet.
- Stack plates of similar size together, but don’t stack them too high. Stack bowls and dishes in columns of four or six to be safe. Note that too much weight can cause breakage and abrasion. Stack dinnerware of the same size and shape together to distribute weight evenly. You can also store plates upright in plate racks.
- Regardless of material, the under-rims of dinnerware are often unglazed. To protect them from chips and cracks during storage, place a paper towel or a piece of fabric between the crockery.
- Instead of stacking cups for storage, hang them by the handles or keep them in protector cases with foam separators.
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