How can you tell if the dinnerware you’re about to purchase is durable enough for your needs? Ask questions: there is no industry standard on durability. Every manufacturer is different and the guarantees on dinnerware vary widely.
Does your dinnerware pattern come with a chip warranty?
- CAC China has a two-year chip warranty
- Choice China has a two-year chip warranty
- Homer Laughlin has a five-year chip warranty
- Tuxton has a two-year chip warranty
Is there a shape guarantee on your dinnerware patterns?
Which is best: high alumina or flint body?
- A high-alumina body will offer the following benefits: impact and thermal shock resistance to ensure the product will stand up to the pressures of the most demanding kitchen environments, maximum chip resistance, superb durability / strength, and maximum heat retention
Is your dinnerware fully vitrified?
- A fully vitrified product is essential to food safety
Does your dinnerware stack rim to rim?
- Rim-to-rim stacking prevents marks on the face of plates
Care, Maintenance and Storage
As the saying goes, “Dishes don’t break…they are broken.” It’s important to take good care of your dinnerware to keep your replacement costs low.
- Never stack plates higher than 12” on a shelf. Use a plate dispenser for easy storage.
- Store by size: plates in stacks, cups in racks
- China should be stored at or below food plating area
- Shelves should be non-magnetic stainless steel
- Use a plastic or rubber scraper, or our line of white scrub pads to remove food
- Do not store wet dishes
Check out our Tips for Handling Glassware, China and Flatware and Warewashing & Dishwashing Information for the best ways to care for your china dinnerware. Please remember to always follow the manufacturer’s care, maintenance and storage instructions for best results.