Make sure your china is washed and completely dry before storing, use the dividers provided to separate your items and store them in a safe place. Do not make a large stack as the weight could crack or damage your pieces. If your china is exposed to extreme temperatures, let the china come to normal room temperature before heavy handling or cleaning..
When taking your dinnerware out of storage, you may find that the gold or platinum banding has discolored. A good cleaning in warm soapy water using a soft cloth should clean this discoloration and restore your dinnerware to its former beauty. Gold do not tarnish and polish should never be used on your dinnerware as it could seriously damage the metal banding.
MICROWAVE AND OVEN SAFETY TIPS
Tableware decorated with any form of metallic rim or decoration (gold, silver or platinum) must not be placed in a microwave oven, where the intense heat will damage its high concentrations of precious metal. It is perfectly safe to warm your tableware in your oven, up to 65°C. However, it should never be exposed to direct heat from a naked flame or to rapid changes in temperature.
CLEANING YOUR DINNERWARE
Wash By Hand (Recommended)
As a matter of hygiene, you should always wash any new purchases of tableware before first use in a mild solution of liquid detergent. Washing-up is one of the occasions when tableware can be damaged if it is not properly handled during both washing and draining. Even in water, the glazed surfaces can become scratched if rubbed against each other with force. So avoid putting too many plates in the water at any one time. Normal dish washing products used in hand-hot water will not harm your tableware. Teapot and coffeepot stains can be removed with bicarb soda, and silverware cleaner will remove “pencil marks” caused by minute deposits of metal from cutlery. Abrasives and harsh scourers should not be used on your bone china tableware.
Washing Your Tableware In A Dishwasher
It is perfectly safe to wash your tableware in an automatic dishwasher, so long as these guidelines are adhered to.
- Wash Separately.
- Load the washer so that pieces do not touch each other, to avoid the risk of scratching. Do not overload.
- Wash at 65°C maximum – the “short wash” or “china and crystal” cycle is sufficient for normal cleaning.
- As soon as the wash water has drained away, there should be an immediate rinse cycle to flush away deposits of detergent which will form a film if allowed to dry.