Timeless Tips

China

Use Your Dishwasher!

We hear many people say they don’t use their dishes because they don’t like the hand washing. We recommend you rinse your dishes well, put them in the dishwasher (excluding anything with handles, cups cream soups etc.), and use a mild detergent (approx. half of the normal amount). Too much detergent can be abrasive on the dishes. For gold or platinum dinnerware, make sure your dishes have completely cooled before unloading to ensure the metal has hardened.

Use Your Good Stuff

Remember Sunday dinners? You don’t need to make a big fancy meal like grandma, but something simple served on her china is almost as good. Do you find you forget to use your dishes or they are packed away? Why not take a few place settings out and put them in your kitchen cupboard for everyday use?
Try reinventing different ways to use some of your serving pieces. Put three cream soup bowls in the centre of a table with floating candles. Or try putting cranberries or other sauces in them as well.

Everything Looks Better on a Platter

The next time you serve salad, pasta, or mixed vegetables, put it on your china platter. It’s all in the presentation!

Mix & Match Your Dishes

Want an updated or different look for your dishes? Try mixing and matching. You might already have pieces from different collections that complement each other. Or look for dinner plates in the same colour family to create an eclectic look for your table.

Go Al Fresco

Imagine lunch or dinner in Tuscany. You can create that same fresh, outdoor el fresco look at home with your china, a white table cloth and candles. Add generous wine glasses and all that’s missing is the grappa!

Rotate Your China

Bone china is extremely strong, and by rotating your dishes from top to bottom you will get equal wear on your dishes.

Silver

Smart Storage

Never use rubber bands to tie your sterling or silver plate flatware together. It leaves black marks that will not come off. And do not wrap/store your flatware in just plastic wrap. Use a soft cloth and then wrap in plastic. The oxygen in the air reacts with the silver and causes it to tarnish.

Bleach is Bad

Never expose your silver to bleach. It will turn black and have to be re-silvered.

Salty Truth

Always take the salt out of your silver shakers after you use them as the salt causes corrosion.

Use More = Polish Less

Did you know that regular usage of your silver keeps it clean so you don’t have to polish it as often?

Best Silver Care

Are you looking for a good quality silver cleaner or silver care products? Please contact us for more information. We can have it shipped to you or ready for pick-up in the store.