China Storage & Care Tips

You should always follow manufacturer's instructions to ensure the longest life for your dinnerware. That being said, most fine china patterns may be placed in the dishwasher, although you should be careful to position items in a way that prevents them from knocking together to avoid chips or cracks. Most fine china will also be microwave safe, assuming there is no metal banding or decoration.

Here are some helpful tips:
1. Before washing, wipe dinnerware with a paper towel or soft brush; you should never use a knife or harsh utensil to scrape food.
2. Dishes with dried-on food should be soaked in warm water for several minutes; avoid using abrasives, such as scouring powders and steel wool on china.
3. Fine china should not be soaked in a sink or basin for a long period of time.
4. Dinnerware with hand-applied decorations should not go into the dishwasher, as gold or platinum bands can be damaged by a dishwasher's heat.
5. When hand-washing dishes, place a rubber mat or dishtowel at the bottom of the sink to prevent chips and breaks. Use a mild liquid soap or detergent, never anything abrasive.
6. If you are using a dishwasher, use mild detergent and a gentle cycle. It is best to let the china air-dry. If the dishwasher does not have an air-dry setting, stop it before the dry cycle begins and leave the door ajar.
7. Temperature extremes can cause ceramics to crack. Don't take a ceramic piece directly from the refrigerator or freezer to the oven, unless the manufacturer's label says it is okay to do so.
8. Ceramics should never be placed directly on the flame of a stove unless the backstamp (found on the back of the piece by the logo) says the ware is flameproof.
9. Always store fine dinnerware by stacking the plates with felt or paper liners, or put paper plates between them. Cups should stand up straight or hang from hooks; stacking can damage the handles.