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A well-designed house is incomplete without fine crockery.
No matter your design style, whether you pick porcelain dinnerware, earthenware, stoneware, or bone China, you want to invest in something that will enhance the beauty of your home.
That being said, taking care of expensive dinnerware is not easy. A proper dinnerware care routine would be dependent on various factors such as the type of glaze, material, methods of storage, or whether it is dishwasher safe.
This does not mean that we hide our good plates and bowls and use lower-quality dinnerware regularly. All we need to do is establish a proper understanding of how to take care of what, and then we’re in the clear!
Let’s take a look at a few points that you need to remember.
Dinnerware made with white porcelain consists of clay, silica, and feldspar, fired at high temperatures. Due to the material itself, it does not need to be polished and is mostly dishwasher safe. Caring for white porcelain dinnerware is easy, and the most important thing you want to remember is to avoid using lemon-scented dishwasher detergent.
These porcelain dinnerware items come with decal painted motifs or hand-painted ones but are covered with a ceramic glaze. This glaze ensures safekeeping of the print, which in turn makes the dinnerware dishwasher and microwave safe. But, hey! Make sure the dinnerware does not come with metal. If it does, don’t put it in the microwave.
While hand-painted porcelain dinnerware items are similar to those made with white porcelain, they need to be taken care of rather gently. The first and the most important thing to remember is not to put your hand-painted porcelain dinnerware in the dishwasher. No! Use a mild detergent to hand wash these. As for putting them in the microwave, you want to check with the manufacturer.
Most glassware items are made with silicon-based materials and are known to be dishwasher safe. The exception here is blown glass items. These are too fragile and must be hand washed. To dry glassware, you want to let them drain all the excess water and then air dry. If the glassware items are printed, then they should be hand-washed unless specified. Like the Summer Story Glass set, it is durable, beautiful, and dishwasher safe.
Since bone china is made out of bone, it is fired at a lower temperature than porcelain. Certain foods may stain the delicate fine bone china items, so it’s best to be careful. One of the essential processes of using bone china dinnerware is to rinse the items before leaving them for a final wash. Detergents with low-chlorine content should be used to avoid reaction with the ornamentation.
Alright, now that we’ve gone through taking care of dinnerware based on their materials, here are a few general tips that you should keep in mind.
- Dinnerware should not rub against each other in the dishwasher, so make sure there’s enough space between each item.
- The dishwasher base should not have any broken shards of glass or other items that might vibrate and scratch the glaze.
- Hard water damages fine crockery and thus should be softened before every dishwasher cycle.
- To store your dinnerware, place micro-foam pads, paper napkins, or paper towels between each item in the stack. This is because the base rim is not glazed and may scratch the other plates or bowls.
- Glazed dinnerware items should not be stored where there are rapid temperature changes, like near the window or above the stove. This causes the glaze to crack.
- Cups should not be stacked as the rims might get damaged. Instead, hand them by their handles or arrange them linearly.
- When placing dinnerware items in the sink, lay a dish towel or drying rack to avoid clinking and breakage.
There you have it.