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Cleaning Crystal and China

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Valentine’s Day, your anniversary or just a special date night…whatever the special occasion, these are times when you want to break out the fancy ware you received as wedding gifts and have barely used since. To keep your china and crystal looking good for many years of special dinners, take care when washing.

Unless the manufacturer tells you otherwise, china and crystal should be washed by hand. China (especially metal-rimmed, hand-painted or antique) and crystal should not be put in the dishwasher because these dishes can be easily chipped.


As soon as possible after your meal, rinse your glasses and dishes. Rinsing the crystal glasses helps prevent wine and other beverages from staining them. If you need to scrape food off the plates, use a rubber spatula, not silverware to avoid scratching or leaving gray marks on your china.

Cushion Please.
Use a folded towel in the bottom of your sink (on the wash and rinse sides) to cushion the glasses and dishes.

Warm Water.
Wash and rinse in warm water. If the water is too hot for your hands, it's too hot for china and crystal, and sudden changes of temperature can cause dishes and glasses to crack. Wash one at a time to keep the glasses from hitting each other.

Towel Dry.
Air drying can leave spots on your glasses and dishes. Use a lint-free of linen towel to dry.

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