China Care & Use
GiftCollector.com is proud to offer a wide selection of the best brands of china at the best prices you’ll find anywhere. We are pleased to provide you with the following helpful information about the Care & Use of china dinnerware, glassware and tableware.
Care & Use
Durability. Did you know that quality porcelain and bone china are actually the strongest ceramic dinnerware materials? It's true. They are fired at the highest temperatures and are made of the strongest ingredients. So you can use your finest china as often as you wish with as much confidence, or more, as your "everyday" set of dishes.
Dishwasher safe. Noritake, one of GiftCollector.com most popular fine china brands, recently conducted extensive tests on several of its porcelain and bone china patterns and found that they are every bit as dishwasher safe as “everyday” dinnerware. So feel free to use your "good china" whenever you want to make an occasion special, or any time at all.
But keep this in mind about all of your dinnerware, glassware and tableware: treat them with the respect that high quality, beautifully crafted products of any kind deserve. Although very strong, porcelain and bone china are still breakable if abused.
• If you have a dishwasher with a fine china/crystal cycle, please follow the dishwasher manufacturer's recommendations.
• Some Fine China patterns incorporate delicate decorations and precious gold and platinum bands that may be harmed by repeated use of strong detergents. Please avoid lemon-based detergents as this may cause pitting on the gold or platinum trim.
• Dishwashers clean tableware, but not always gently. Because plates, stemware and other items come in many sizes and shapes, they do not always fit perfectly into a dishwasher and can move around during washing. So load the dishwasher carefully, and avoid overloading that can lead to items rubbing or hitting against each other.
• Whether you are using the dishwasher or washing by hand, use the minimum amount of detergent necessary for cleaning and make sure your tableware is completely rinsed. An oily feeling or rainbow colored sheen generally means that detergents are still present and the harsh chemical action is continuing. Rinse well!
Care Advice for Formal Dinnerware
• After the drying cycle in your dishwasher is complete, let your tableware cool down to room temperature before handling. The heat temporarily softens metal such as gold or platinum.
• Never put anything with metal (gold or platinum in the pattern or on the rim) in the microwave oven. Care Advice for Casual Dinnerware
• Avoid any sudden temperature change, such as putting a hot item into cool wash water.
• Never expose your casual dinnerware to direct flame, such as the top burners of a gas stove.
• Always be sure that food or liquid is in every piece before it is exposed to heat.
Care Advice for Crystal Glassware
We recommend hand washing fine crystal. Make sure you remove all jewelry before washing to avoid scratching the glass. It is a wise idea to place something soft, like a dish towel, in the bottom of the sink so the glassware does not break or fracture if dropped.
Care Advice for Stored China
(See the "storage" section for instructions on storing your fine china.)
After removing your china from storage, you may need to polish the gold rim as these can slightly tarnish. Oxidation or discoloration can build up on a platinum or gold trim very easily if left exposed to air or water/moisture and heat as well. We recommend removing the tarnish using Cape Cod Polish as it is gentle but effective, along with a soft jeweler's polishing cloth.
UPC Sticker Removal
Many manufacturers now apply UPC labels on their dinnerware. Sometimes, the adhesives used on the labels can set up rather firmly on the surface of the dinnerware.
We suggest soaking the pieces in hot soapy water for about one hour. This should loosen the adhesive and make it easier to remove.
We hope this information will help you keep your tableware beautiful and long lasting for generations to come. GiftCollector.com thanks our partner Noritake for contributing the information in the article above.