A well-designed house is incomplete without fine crockery.
No matter what your design style is, whether you pick porcelain dinnerware, earthenware, stoneware, or bone China, you want to invest in something that will enhance the beauty of your home.
How does one care for tableware? Will no more be a question, we are here to solve your problem. That being said, taking care of expensive dinnerware is not easy.
A proper dinnerware care routine would depend on various factors such as the type of glaze, material, storage methods, or whether it is dishwasher safe.
This does not mean that we hide our good plates and bowls and use lower-quality dinnerware on a regular basis.
All we need to do is establish a proper understanding of how to take care of what, and then we’re in the clear! Dinnerware will no longer be an issue for you. Enjoy your food by choosing the right material dinnerware!
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, which is fired at high temperatures. Due to the material itself, it does not need to be polished and is mostly dishwasher safe. Therefore, caring for white porcelain dinnerware is easy, and the most important thing you want to remember is to avoid using lemon-scented dishwasher detergent. Is porcelain dishwasher safe? Yes, they are dishwasher safe as well as microwave and oven safe!
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.
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While hand-painted porcelain dinnerware items are similar to the ones 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. As they require a little more care, it is better to avoid them if you have small children at home!
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.
The Artment’s Ritz Collection is worth checking out if you’re a fan of luxurious-looking bone china tableware.
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 broken glass shards or other items that might vibrate and scratch the glaze.
- Hard water damages fine crockery and thus should be softened before every dishwasher cycle.
- Place micro-foam pads, paper napkins, or paper towels between each item in the stack to store your dinnerware. This is because the base rim is not glazed and may scratch the other plates or bowls.
- Glazed dinnerware items should not be stored with 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.
A guide to taking good care of your dinnerware! And while you’re at it, take a look at some plates you want to make a part of your dinnerware collection, depending on your mood here.