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How to Care for Your Dinnerware: Tips and Tricks

Dinnerware, including ceramic tableware, can be an investment in your home and your dining experience. Proper care of your tableware can help ensure that it lasts for years to come, retains its beauty, and provides a pleasant dining experience.

In this blog, we'll provide some tips and tricks on how to care for your ceramic tableware.

Hand Washing vs. Dishwasher

Unlike most porcelain dinnerware, ceramic tableware is often dishwasher safe, but hand washing is the best way to extend its life. To wash dinnerware by hand, gently rub the dish with warm water and a mild detergent soap. Once your dishes have been hand washed, you can then dry them with paper towels or another non-abrasive dish towel.

Avoid harsh abrasive cleaners or scrubbers, which can damage the glaze or decoration on the ceramic. Also, avoid soaking the dishes for too long, as this can weaken the glaze.

Store Plates Upright

When not in use, store your ceramic dinner plates and tableware in a dry, dust-free place to prevent scratch marks. Use plate racks or shelves to avoid stacking, as when you stack plates it can lead to chipping or scratching.

Also, avoid storing heavy items on top of the dishes, which can cause the same cracking or breakage as when you stack dinnerware. If you do need to store dishes on top of each other, consider placing a rubber mat, a paper towel, or foam separators between the plates to help distribute weight evenly.


Proper use and handling of ceramic dinnerware is crucial to ensure its longevity and beauty.

When using ceramic dishes, it's important to avoid exposing them to sudden changes in temperature, such as placing hot dishes directly on a cold surface or transferring them from the refrigerator to the oven without allowing them to come to room temperature first. This can cause the ceramic to expand or contract, leading to cracks or breakage.


Using wooden, plastic, or silicone utensils instead of metal ones on ceramic dishes can help prevent scratches and damage to the glaze. Metal utensils can leave marks on the surface of ceramic dinnerware, which can be difficult to remove and can even cause the dishes to crack or break over time.

Wooden, plastic, and silicone utensils are gentle on ceramic and less likely to cause damage, making them a better choice for everyday use. Additionally, using non-metal utensils can help extend the life of your ceramic dinnerware and keep it looking beautiful for years to come.

Removing Stains

If you notice staining on your ceramic tableware, try soaking it in a mixture of warm water and vinegar or baking soda. These natural ingredients can help remove stains without damaging the glaze.

Avoid using bleach or other harsh chemicals, as they can weaken the glaze and damage the decoration.

Repairing Chips and Cracks

Another benefit over porcelain or antique dinnerware is the ability to repair your ceramic tableware yourself. If your ceramic dishes do get chipped or cracked, don't worry. There are ways to repair it.

A ceramic repair kit can be used to fill in chips and cracks, but be sure to follow the instructions carefully. If the damage is severe, you may need to replace the dish altogether.

In summary, to care for your ceramic tableware, hand wash with a mild dish soap, store in a dry, dust-free place, handle with care, remove stains with natural ingredients, and repair chips and cracks as needed.

By following these tips and tricks, you can enjoy your beautiful ceramic tableware for years to come.

5-Step Proper Dinnerware Care Routine

Proper care of ceramic dinnerware is important to keep it looking its best and to ensure that it lasts a long time. Here are five steps for a proper ceramic dinnerware care routine:

  1. Handwash with mild soap and water: To prevent damage, it's best to handwash ceramic dinnerware with mild soap and warm water. Avoid using abrasive sponges or harsh chemicals that can scratch or damage the glaze.

  2. Dry thoroughly: After washing, be sure to dry ceramic dinnerware thoroughly with a soft cloth or towel. Leaving it wet or damp can cause water spots or damage to the glaze.

  3. Store carefully: When not in use, store ceramic dinnerware in a dry, cool place away from direct sunlight. Avoid stacking dishes too high, as this can cause them to scratch or chip.

  4. Handle with care: When handling ceramic dinnerware, be gentle and avoid banging or clanging dishes together. This can cause chips or cracks.

  5. Address damage promptly: If you notice any chips, cracks, or other damage to your ceramic dinnerware, address it promptly. Damaged pieces can be more prone to cracking or breaking, and can also be more difficult to clean properly.

HF Coors Ceramic Dinnerware

HF Coors has been in the business of making hand painted ceramics since the early 1900s, with a large selection drinkware, bowls, butter plates, platters, and more, HF Coors has the dinnerware for any occasion.

Additional Benefits of HF Coors Dinnerware

  • Vitrified ceramic

  • All of HF Coors ceramic pieces are lead-free and cadmium-free

  • Will not absorb moisture or odors

  • Broiler Safe, Oven Safe, Microwave Safe

  • Dishwasher Safe, Freezer Safe

  • Highly resistant to staining, cracking, and crazing

  • Two-year guarantee against chipping under normal use

HF Coors Dinnerware

HF Coors Dinnerware is 100% made in the USA and is a certified Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business as well as a HUBzone-certified dinnerware manufacturer located in Tucson, Arizona. Shop locally or have your pieces carefully packed to ship.

At HF Coors, we pride ourselves on providing high-quality products and services to our customers. If you have any questions, please contact us by phone at 520-903-1010 or by e-mail at Info@HFCoors.com. We’d love to hear from you!