What’s the best way to care for dinnerware?
To get many years of use out of your dinnerware, you’ll want to take care of it properly. How to wash and care for your dinnerware depends on its material and how it was glazed. Your best bet is to consult with the manufacturer, most of which offer detailed care guides.
Most porcelain, china, and stoneware are dishwasher and microwave safe, but you’ll want to check the bottom of each dinnerware item to double check. For example, a porcelain dish is normally microwave safe, but if your pattern has metal in it, you’ll want to avoid putting it in the microwave. And even if a piece says it’s dishwasher safe, you may want to use certain detergents (Wedgwood has some recommendations). If you’re handwashing, use warm water, dish soap, and avoid any abrasive materials.
When it comes to storing and stacking pieces, it’s best to place a napkin or cloth between each item to avoid scratching. With these simple care tips, your dinnerware will likely last for years to come.
How many dinnerware pieces do I need?
You’ll notice that you can buy dinnerware as open stock, by the place setting, or in sets with services of two to 12 people. “I always advise people to have a dinnerware set for at least 10 [people] in addition to a selection of platters, trays or serving pieces,” said Whitmore. “You can mix and match pieces to coordinate a cohesive look as well.”
Brands may differ in what pieces they include in their place settings or sets. If you are shopping for a dinnerware set for a formal dinner, make sure each place setting “includes the key pieces like dinner plate, salad plate, a teacup and saucer and dessert plate,” said Roy.
What style of dinnerware should I buy?
The style of dinnerware depends on your personal aesthetic and how you plan on using your dinnerware. If it’s for everyday use, you can play with different colors and patterns. If you’re looking for dinnerware for a formal table setting, it’s best to keep it simple.
“I always recommend a classic white set with a little extra detail like a subtle scallop edge or a beaded trim,” said Whitmore. “You can use it all year long and switch out the colors of table linens, flowers and decor to coordinate color schemes with holidays and occasions.”
Where can I purchase replacements for broken china?
If you receive a broken or damaged dinnerware item when you first purchase it, most companies will replace the product for free. If you want to replace a broken item from your collection, check to see if the brand offers a replacement program. If you register your dinnerware, brands like Lenox and Noritake offer a replacement program at a discounted price or free as long as the items are still actively being sold. You can also check Replacements, Ltd., the world’s largest retailer of dinnerware (with more than 425,000 patterns available), to search for a replacement.