How To Care For Your China

Some helpful insights on how to wash, store and keep your Bone China at its best.

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Care Advice

Fine China and Bone China must not be subjected to extreme temperature changes or exposed to a naked flame or hot liquids above boiling temperature. Never pour boiling water into a cold piece of china. First warm the piece and then allow water to go off the boil before pouring into the cup, pot, etc.

Some Fine China Plates and serving dishes can be warmed before use in an oven or hostess trolley at a temperature of no more than 100°C. Tableware with gold or platinum trim must not be used in the microwave. Fine bone china should not be used for cooking purposes.

Washing Fine China

Bone China & Fine China can be used in a dishwasher - in a gentle cycle and at a maximum hot water temperature of 65°C / 150°F - using a dishwasher agent recommended by Caverswall China Co Ltd. Stubborn stains can be removed by soaking in a mild bleach solution for up to one hour without damaging the China. Scouring pads, abrasive pads, steel wool scrubs and washing agents must not be used.

Soaking in warm water before you wash your China will help remove most stains or hardened on particles. Ideally, one can hand wash the items after soaking, but as noted above, dishwasher can be an option for less delicate china such as bone china plates.

While it "can" be safe to put bone China in a dishwasher, it really depends on the item, and when in doubt, hand washing with a soft cloth, a delicate damp sponge, dish towel or a soft paper towel and using warm soapy water or mild dish detergent is a safe option.

Storing Bone China

When storing China plates, try not to slide them over one another as this may cause tiny scratches in the glaze. The surface used on tableware is hard, however the front of one plate can be scratched by the back of another so care should be taken when stacking and we recommend that a paper napkin is placed between each plate in order to take proper care of the surfaces.
Cups should not be stored or hung from a cup hook or stacked, as this may weaken the handles.

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