Spode Tableware Care
Spode’s glaze is relatively hard and resists most cutlery scratches but materials of equal
hardness will scratch one another. When your plates are stacked together, the back of one item
can scratch the front of the plate below, so you may like to stack your plates with paper or
tissues separating them.
We recommend you do not slide the plates over one another, whether wet or dry, it is better
to always lift them as this avoids scratching the plates.
Cups should be stored rim down and just be careful when stacking cups as this weakens the handles.
Washing by Hand
Before showing off your new purchases, hand washing is always recommended. For best results
always hand wash your tableware in hot water using a liquid detergent. Even in water, glaze
surfaces can be scratched it rubbed against one another with any force, so avoid putting too
many plates in the water at any one time, drain in a rack and do not handle several plates
at one time whilst drying them. Do not use abrasive washing powders or harsh scourers as gold
is very soft and can easily be damaged. Soaking in warm water before washing will remove most
stains or hardened on particles, but very stubborn stains can be removed by soaking in a mild
bleach solution for a few minutes. Fine metal marks caused by cutlery can be removed using a
ceramic hob cleaner, e.g. Rescue.
Washing in a Dishwasher
Spode tableware can be safely washed in a dishwasher with the following guidelines applied:
- Do not overload the washer and make sure items do not touch each other.
- Follow the machine manufacturer’s instructions carefully, selecting a low or "energy save"
setting where possible.
- Ensure the correct dosage of washing agent, water softener and rinse aid are applied.
Spode tableware can be used in the freezer, but take care when re-heating, as no matter
how strong the tableware, sudden temperature changes, e.g. taking from a freezer and placing
directly into a hot oven, are likely to cause thermal shock which will damage the ware.
Warming Your Tableware
It is perfectly safe to warm your tableware, providing you place the tableware in a cold oven
and heat gradually up to 100°C. Alternatively warm in a hostess trolley, or rinse plates/serving
dishes in warm water before use.
Microwaves and Ovens
Spode cookware/oven-to-tableware is ideally suited for your cooking purposes. Any pattern that
uses gold or platinum decoration must not be used in a microwave oven as this can damage both the
ware and the microwave. lf your tableware designs have no precious metal decorations on them,
it is safe for use in your microwave.