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Wedgwood Care Instructions

Tableware

Wedgwood tableware is all made to be used. Before being accepted for production, all new patterns are put through an exhaustive series of tests to ensure they are as hard wearing as possible. Quality checks are constantly carried out on tableware to monitor its ability to resist acids, alkalis and other substances present in foods and detergents, and withstand the general rigours of day-to-day use. So don’t keep your tableware locked away, use it and enjoy it with confidence.

Storing Your Tableware

All tableware is subject to abrasion from repeated handling and stacking. We recommend that you stack no more than six items together, one on top of another. To avoid scratching your tableware, plates should not be slid out from the bottom of a stack – always lift them out from the top.

Washing By Hand

As a matter of hygiene, you should always wash any new purchases of tableware before first use in a mild solution of liquid detergent. Washing-up is one of the occasions when tableware can be damaged if it is not properly handled during both washing and draining. Even in water, the glazed surfaces can become scratched if rubbed against each other with force. So avoid putting too many plates in the water at any one time. Normal dish washing products used in hand-hot water will not harm your tableware. Teapot and coffeepot stains can be removed with bicarb soda, and silverware cleaner will remove “pencil marks” caused by minute deposits of metal from cutlery. Abrasives and harsh scourers should not be used on your bone china tableware.

Washing Your Tableware In A Dishwasher

It is perfectly safe to wash your tableware in an automatic dishwasher, so long as these guidelines are adhered to.

  • Load the washer so that pieces do not touch each other, to avoid the risk of scratching. Do not overload.
  • Wash at 65°C maximum – the “short wash” or “china and crystal” cycle is sufficient for normal cleaning.
  • As soon as the wash water has drained away, there should be an immediate rinse cycle to flush away deposits of detergent which will form a film if allowed to dry.
  • In dishwashers, we recommend the use of Finish Powerball All in 1 and Cussons Morning Fresh Complete Tabs, follow the manufacturers instructions on the appropriate quantity of detergent to be used.

Freezers

Wedgwood tableware can be safely used in a freezer. However, care should be taken when re-heating frozen foods. No matter how strong the tableware, sudden changes of temperature (e.g. taking from the freezer and placing directly into a hot oven) is likely to cause thermal shock, which will damage the tableware.

Warming Your Tableware

It is perfectly safe to warm your tableware in your oven, up to 65°C. However, it should never be exposed to direct heat from a naked flame or to rapid changes in temperature.

Microwave Cooking

Many of the Wedgwood tableware patterns can safely be used in a microwave oven. However, tableware decorated with any form of metallic rim or decoration (gold, silver or platinum) must not be placed in a microwave oven, where the intense heat will damage its high concentrations of precious metal. Never use your tableware in a microwave oven with the oven function.

Vera Wang Naturals

  • Microwave safe
  • Not suitable for oven or freezer
  • Dishwasher safe with mild liquid detergent
  • Use a soft cloth for drying, and separators for stacking and storage of plates and bowls
  • For scratches caused by cutlery, apply a small amount of a gentle non abrasive cleanser such as Bar Keeper’s Friend, Jiff or Silvo. This will safely assist with markings on the surface of your dinnerware.

Jasperware

(UNIQUE STONEWARE CONTAINS COLORANT IN THE BODY.)

We recommend that you hand-wash your Jasperware in moderately hot water with a mild detergent. For more stubborn stains, rub the Jasperware with a toothbrush or a small brush with polishing powder. Never use your Jasperware in a microwave oven, conventional oven or refrigerator. Sudden changes of temperature are likely to cause cracking or breakage.

Silverplated Products

Caring For Your Silver Plated Items

For general cleaning, silver plated items should be wiped gently with a clean soft cloth without detergent or chemicals. Solvents such as enamel remover or thinner, abrasives, harsh scourers, wire wool or hard scrubbing brushes should not be used on silver plated products at any time as they will damage the surface. Silver plated product may get discoloured over time, in which case, please polish with a silver cleaner or a polish specially formulated for cleaning silver.

If you don’t intend to use your silver plated product for a long period, wrap it in a cloth and place it in storage to avoid exposure to air as this will slow down discoloration. Silver items should not be stored in direct contact with leather or rubber, such as elastic bands.

Alternative Metal Giftware

  • Wash thoroughly prior to first use and immediately hand dry
  • Hand washing is recommended – dry immediately with a soft cloth to avoid spotting
  • Do not let alternative metal product soak
  • Dishwasher use is not recommended
  • Do not use in microwave or to heat food in oven

Stainless Steel Cutlery

  • To remove streaking, use a soft dish towel and rub a little olive oil on the cutlery.
  • One can polish and shine stainless steel by using vinegar and a soft cloth to wipe the cutlery – this is also good to remove heat stains from the cutlery. Club soda can also be used as an alternative.
  • When placing cutlery in the dishwasher, rinse off any salty or acidic foods stuck to the cutlery.
  • Clean the items with warm water and a gentle detergent and dry them by hand immediately. Letting them drip dry will cause spotting and streaking.
  • To avoid spotting on knives specifically, remove knives from dishwasher before spots form then dry with soft cloth. This will help preserve the blade also.
  • Remember, do not use harsh abrasives or steel wool on stainless steel as it will sratch the surface and cause additional damage.
  • To remove rust, use a moist sponge and a strong but nonabrasive cleanser.