China in the dishwasher
Posted 24 December 2006 - 02:28 PM
Posted 24 December 2006 - 03:24 PM
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Posted 04 January 2007 - 10:07 PM
At our ranch, with its artificially softened water, my mother could point out the difference between the silver-rimmed china that had never seen a dishwasher and the silver-rimmed china that had. We're talking about a lot of years of dishwasher use, however, and it wasn't a huge loss of color. My husband claimed not to be able to tell the difference.
I've put my grandmother's ginger bowls in the dishwasher here, also with artificially softened water, regularly since I inherited them, and ALL the gold trim is gone. OTOH they still look lovely, and the only way you'd know the difference would be to look at the lids, which haven't been in the dishwasher.
In the end, I think you have to balance the beauty with the utility. Will you use the china less if you can't put it in the dishwasher? Are you saving it for the next generation? If the answers are "yes" and "no" respectively, then make the most of your china, use the dishwasher and don't worry about the long term effects. Otherwise, you may have to do some experimenting.
This, from a childless woman who washes all her china by hand!
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Posted 04 January 2007 - 10:17 PM
1 - Most contemporary China seems to be made with much more durable processes than older China -- it seems to be designed not to allow the crap to be kicked out of it by a dishwasher.
2 - Silver trim seems to be more durable than gold trim.
3 - I would strongly recommend that you never wash older China in the dishwasher, especially if it has gold trim -- I've seen many, many examples of such China with most or all of the gold washed off.
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Posted 05 January 2007 - 01:50 PM
I would not try it with old or antique china, however.
Silver can also go in the dishwasher as long as it does not touch other metals. I would wash the knives by hand if they are made of 2 metals soldered together.
Posted 06 January 2007 - 07:19 AM