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See a few examples of Elegant Dining at end of this page

Tips for Care and Use of your Fine China and Porcelain

Here are a few tips to help assure that your beautiful china and porcelain treasures, old and new, stay beautiful forever -- for you, your children, grandchildren, and beyond. 

These are our opinions based on our experiences and observations.

If any of you would like to share your experiences or tips with us, we welcome your input and would be glad to give you credit by name, if you wish, or keep your confidentiality by using only your initials and city and state -- your choice and only with your permission.

 

NEVER put in the dishwasher.  Doing so will gradually fade and even wear off any decoration, especially bright colors and gold trim.  While you might not notice it at first, it will definitely happen over time.
 
ALWAYS rinse immediately after use, even if you have to wait until later to actually wash.  If on occasion you didn't rinse ahead of time and end up with dried food or liquids, soak in warm water with a mild detergent and use a soft cloth for final cleaning and drying.  NEVER use harsh cleaners or scrapers or abrasive cleaning pads.
 
ALWAYS gradually warm up your older cups and pots prior to use by filling them with warm water from the faucet and letting them sit for awhile.  NEVER shock them with very hot or boiling water that might cause crazing or cracking. 
An additional benefit of warming up your cup or pot prior to use is that your beverage will stay warmer for a longer period of time as you enjoy your tea, coffee, or hot chocolate break.  This also works well when using a silver tea service -- your liquids will stay warmer longer for your company.
 
ALWAYS hold lid firmly in place when pouring from that beautiful pot.  NEVER trust it to stay in place on its own.
 
ALWAYS store safely to avoid chips and scratches.  When stacking plates, it pays to put a small soft divider between each one -- a paper towel will work just fine for this and can be sized down or  folded in such a way that won't be noticeable.  Paper coffee filters also work well for this.
 
REMEMBER that those beautiful Dresden compotes you have may be made in two parts, with the top being removable from the base.  ALWAYS pick up from the base and NEVER from the top.  If necessary, remove the top first.
 
REMEMBER that all is not lost if one of your favorite pieces becomes chipped or damaged in some way.  Professional porcelain restorationists can work wonders these days.  There is most likely someone in your area who is well-skilled in this art.  Before you discard something precious to you because of damage, seek out a restorationist for advice and help.
 

As well as taking care of your beautiful treasures, do ENJOY and USE them.  Here are a few examples of some elegant settings.

Elegant Dining

 

 

 

 

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