The Best Way to Take Proper Care of China

China will look very good if we can keep them in a sparkling condition. What is the best way to clean the china? Here are some tips.

What will be the best dish pan can I use to wash the dishes? And what will be the best way to wash stemmed glassware? There are some tips in this article which you can use.

THE PROPER CARE OF CHINA is not complicated but there are certain details worth remembering. First, never let foods stand very long on china. Wash it immediately after use; if you simply can’t, at least rinse it. Salty foods, salads and gravies have an injurious effect on china if they are allowed to remain on it. China used for eggs, gravies, and sauces containing flour, should be rinsed promptly with cold water. If these foods dry on a plate, or if hot water is run over them, they harden and are very difficult to remove.

FOR WASHING CHINA use hot water and a mild detergent or soap. Detergents are better because they are equally effective in hard or soft water, rinse easily, and do not leave a film. Strong detergents and soaps might harm some china. The manufacturers of some of England’s finest chinaware say not to use either soap or detergent if a hot rinse will do the job. Long soaking may also be bad for china. It may soften the ingredients used in decoration, especially gold and platinum trim. Ammonia should be avoided for the same reason. Metallic and plastic sponges, steel wool, scouring powders, and even plain hard scrubbing also cause damage. A soft brush however can be very useful, especially on china that has a raised pattern. Tea and coffee stains on cups and saucers can be removed easily and safely by wiping them with a soft damp cloth or sponge that has been dipped into baking soda.

IN RINSING CHINA use hot, but not boiling, water. Boiling water often causes crazing; that is, the glaze may become meshed with a network of fine cracks. Overheating plates and dishes can accomplish the same disfiguration. Very hot water on cold china, or cold water on hot, is likely to crack it. Sometimes water that is too hot causes colors to fade.

AND NOW A WORD ABOUT YOUR DISH PAN. Aluminum pans are not good for washing china because aluminum marks it with fine pencil-like lines which are difficult to remove. Plastic dish pans are very good because they are resilient and dishes are less likely to be chipped. A plastic mat in your sink is a precaution against chipping if you do your dishes there. Let your china, well rinsed with hot water, dry itself in a rack. Dishes washed with detergents do not need to be hand dried.

FINE GLASSWARE is a treasure too. Hours of work go into its design and decoration and often it is made of crystal glass, a very special kind that is clearer and heavier than ordinary glass. Crystal glass is always used for cut glass and fine ornamental pieces.

THE CARE OF GLASSWARE, whether it comes from Tiffany’s or the Five and Ten is not difficult. Wash it in clean hot suds, made preferably with a detergent, rinse it with hot water, and let it drain dry upside down. Detergents do not leave a film on glass as soap does.

Wash the china immediately after use as when the food dry on plate it become difficult to remove. Use the hot water and mild detergent or soap to wash china. Be careful not to use the boiling water to avoid the crack. Use the plastic dish pans to wash your dishes or use the plastic mat in your sink. Wash the glassware in a clean hot suds or detergent, and rinse with hot water. Stemmed glassware are breakable very easily, so it has to be handed carefully. Use the mild detergent to wash the stemmed glassware.

Mitch Johnson is a regular writer for . His articles have also appeared on and

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