Chances are, your prized tableware sits gathering dust in a cabinet somewhere, hauled out once every couple of years on those rare “special occasions.” Your tableware is meant to be used, not hidden! If your tableware sits idly because you’re nervous about caring for it properly, we have the solution. Read this guide on how to care for your tableware to learn how to wash and polish your tableware correctly so that your “special occasions” can occur more often.
Wash sterling silver in a dishwasher with only a small amount of detergent. Polish using silver polish and a silver nitrate treated cloth. Store sterling silver separately from sulfur.
Hand wash gold vermeil tableware with mild soap, and instead of polishing, dust it regularly with a dry cloth. Store vermeil pieces in a flatware case to avoid scratching.
Hand wash gold plated tableware with mild soap, using general metal polish and a gold polishing cloth to polish. Store in a soft-lined flatware case to avoid scratching and exposing the metal underneath.
Wash silver plated tableware in the dishwasher with a small amount of citric-acid free detergent. Polish using silver polish and a silver nitrate treated cloth. Don’t wash silver plate next to stainless steel in the dishwasher; the metals will react and discolor the silver.
Wash stainless steel in the dishwasher and rinse with club soda afterwards to remove any water spots. Polish with stainless steel polish, and avoid hand-washing with hard-bristled brushes or scouring pads.
Wash in the dishwasher unless manufacturer recommendations specify otherwise. White porcelain doesn’t need polishing and is microwave safe.
Hand Painted Porcelain
Hand wash with mild soap and do not polish. Hand painted porcelain is generally not microwave safe.
Decal or Underglaze Porcelain
Wash in the dishwasher and do not polish. Decal or underglaze porcelain is microwave safe as long as it doesn’t include metals.
Hand wash with mild soap. Polish using silver polish and a silver nitrate treated cloth for silver coating; do not polish gold-coated porcelain. Metallic porcelain is not microwave safe.
Wash glassware in dishwasher except for blown glass, which is too fragile. Dry glassware on the lowest setting to avoid spots forming. Use glass polish to remove the film that forms with regular washing.
Hand wash with mild soap unless your dishwasher has a crystal setting. Glass polish can be used to remove the film that forms with regular washing.