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How To Take Care Of Your Tableware

By ReplacingPieces

Whether you use your dinner set everyday or save it for special occasions, we have a few tips for keeping it always looking its best

 

Dinnerware can be made from a number of different materials, although pottery, stoneware and bone china are the most commonly used and nearly always glazed. When using your dinnerware, do read the manufacturers instructions (also often on the reverse of the items too!) with regards to use in the dishwasher, freezer, oven or microwave 

 

Cutlery Use

Grey/silver lines often occur over a period of time, particularly on pieces which have more use than others, dinner plates, cereal bowls for example. These lines often develop from normal wear & tear and are not indicative of damage to your set and can sometimes be removed with products, such as Bar Keepers Friend, or other mild kitchen abrasive cleaners (and a good bit of elbow grease too!) However to keep this to a minimum, we would suggest using a higher quality cutlery to reduce the chances of these lines occurring

 

Washing - By Hand

Before washing remove any food residues. Should there be any baked on food, a short soak in hot (not boiling) soapy water should help soften it. Avoid harsh abrasive scourers (e.g. metal scourers) to clean your dinnerware, as this can lead to scratches in the glaze and removal of any gilt trim or decoration which has been applied on top of the glaze. A final rinse of clean water before drying with a clean lint free tea towel will ensure it stays looking shiny & streak free

 

Washing - By Dishwasher

Prior to loading the dishwasher, remove any food residue. Should there be any baked on food, a short soak in hot (not boiling) soapy water should help soften it

  When loading the dishwasher, do not overload it and follow any manufacturers directions with regards to temperature or detergents

  We recommend a shorter a shorter dishwasher cycle using a medium temperature to help prevent any dullness of the glaze, which can occur over time with consistent dishwasher use and will help prolong the life of your set

  Unless your dinnerware is dishwasher safe, then items with gilt trim, or decoration over the glaze should not be put in a dishwasher, as otherwise fading and discolouration may occur

 

Oven, Freezer Or Microwave Use

To put your dinnerware in the oven, freezer or microwave, it is important to read the manufacturers guidelines first. Usually bone china would be fine to be put into an oven with temperatures up to around 60 degrees, but not to be used for cooking on. Whereas stoneware pieces can usually withstand much higher temperatures, and pottery items often are not suitable for use in an oven

  Any items with gilt decoration should not be put in the microwave, and as with anything else, it is worth checking that it is suitable for this use. If not, it could cause damage to your dinnerware, or microwave

  Freezer use is again only advisable if the manufacturer states so, as sudden shocks in temperature can crack/break items

 

Storage

Stacking plates and bowls is not recommended as it can cause 'stacking wear'. This is usually seen as scratches on the surface of the plates/bowls below where they have been in contact with the item above. Once this wear occurs, nothing will remove it. To avoid this, use a piece of kitchen towel/paper napkin between each item. When using your set, be sure to take items from the top of the pile and not from underneath, so as to avoid any further wear



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