Different types of dinnerware, glassware, and cutlery sets would mean different care requirements. The maintenance and storage of a dinner set, glass set, or cutlery set would depend on its material, coating, embellishment, and other care factors.
Here is a valuable and straightforward guide on how to care for your dinner set and other tableware.
General care guide
To care for your tableware, here are some general guidelines you can follow:
- Use gloves when you remove stubborn food from your tableware. You may also use a silicone or plastic scraper or your sink sprayer to avoid scratches.
- Avoid thumping your tableware in the bin to avoid damaging them.
- When using the dishwasher, be sure to check for broken glass or other items that may scratch and damage your items.
- Do not mix dinnerware, cutlery, and glassware in the dishwasher. Be sure to use the appropriate dish racks for plates and serving dishes or hollowware.
- Have a regular maintenance service schedule for your dishwasher to make sure it works well.
- When storing tableware, make sure they are completely dry and have cooled to room temperature.
- When handwashing decorated tableware, use mild soap and avoid abrasive sponges to avoid damaging the embellishment.
- Never use metal tableware in your microwave oven. They can damage your microwave, and it can possibly start a fire.
How to care for your dinnerware and serveware
Dinnerware sets consist of plates and bowls for individual use. Serveware items, on the other hand, are what you use when you serve food on the table. These include serving platters, bowls, and casseroles.
Dinnerware and serveware are made from different materials, shapes, sizes. They also come in various designs and embellishments.
To care for your dinner and serveware, follow these tips:
- To store a delicate dinner set, use a paper towel or a microfiber cloth in between each piece to avoid scratches. The rim of the base is usually not glazed and may scratch other dinnerware.
- When stacking plates and bowls, distribute weight evenly to avoid breakage. Also, stack similar shapes and sizes together in groups of 4 to 5 pieces only.
- Avoid storing glazed and ceramic dinnerware above your stove, heating vent, or on an open shelf near the window. Temperature changes and heat in these areas may crack the glaze.
- Do not microwave items with metal decorations, as it can melt the design and potentially damage your microwave oven.
- Maintain the look of your antique and hand-painted dinnerware and serveware by hand washing them using mild detergent.
How to care for your cutlery set
Cutlery set, often known as flatware or silverware, comprises spoons, forks, and knives. These pieces can be made of stainless steel, silver plate, titanium plate, gold plate, wood, and even plastic. They also come in different sizes, shapes, and styles.
Here’s how you can care for your cutlery set:
- Do not use flatware when cooking since heat can damage them. Your utensil may also scratch your cooking pan.
- Be sure to rinse cutlery before you load them in the dishwasher.
- Put them in the right rack so they will wash, drain, and dry efficiently.
- Avoid using detergent with citrus added, such as lemon.
- Do not use silver cleaner on stainless cutlery.
- Do not wash stainless steel and silver flatware together to prevent discoloration. The rust may also transfer if you wash them together.
- To take care of rust, you can use steel polish. Apply it on your flatware and rinse with running water.
- Wipe your flatware dry to avoid water stains. Use a soft cloth to prevent scratches.
- Keep them in a dry place.
- Be sure to read care instructions to maintain the quality of your flatware.
How to care for your glassware
Drinkware is any piece of tableware you can drink from. Glasses, cups, and mugs belong to this category. They also come in different types depending on their uses and the occasion you use them for.
Follow these tips to care for your glassware:
- Most glassware items are dishwasher-safe. Please check care instructions upon purchase or in the package.
- Printed glassware usually needs to be hand washed to avoid ruining the embellishment.
- Hand wash blown glass as they are too fragile to be in the dishwasher.
- Drain excess water and let your glassware air dry.
- Store cups by hanging them or arranging them in a linear position. Do not stack them as they may damage the rims.
- Do not microwave glassware with metal trimmings as the design can melt. You can also potentially damage your microwave oven.
- Some glass cups are not microwavable-safe, so be sure to check on care instructions on the package.
When caring for your tableware, the first thing to remember is to read labels and care instructions in the package. Then you can follow the tips we have shared above for general maintenance and care so that your dinner set and other tableware will last longer and maintain its quality.