Ask the Domestic Life Stylist: How to Protect Fine Dinnerware

by Lisa

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My husband and I have some beautiful china that we received as a wedding gift almost 10 years ago. I am embarrassed to say that just last month I pulled out the china to at least use it as decor for our dining room. I would finally like to use them to eat, but don’t want to mess them up. Do you use fine china? If so, how do you protect it from knife scratches or other unavoidable happenings that come with using dishware?
~ Moira, Lexington, VA

Fine dinnerware

Moira, I am so excited that you are finally going to delve into the land of fine dinnerware. The thing about nice things is that they often don’t stay nice forever. Even so, the finer things in life are meant to be savored and enjoyed. Do you remember when people had pretty living rooms and wouldn’t even sit in them? Some people even had their couch cushions covered in plastic as to not mess them up.

Those days are long gone. The thing about fine living is you have to live it. Here are some ways that you can gain some utility from your wedding gift and still enjoy the china for years to come.


Wash your china in warm soapy water using mild dish soap. Avoid using abrasive cleaners and solvents. Do not put your china in the dishwasher or microwave.


Store your fine dinnerware in a cool dry place. Avoid direct light and any temperature extremes. Wrap individual pieces in soft cloth such as dinner napkins. Make sure to put the napkins between each plate as to avoid accidental chipping or breaking during storage. Do not use newspapers to wrap the dinnerware as the imprint of the paper may stain and ruin the your fine dinnerware. Many department stores also sell china storage chests for when the dinnerware is not in use.


Getting a few scratches on your plate from the use of cutlery during eating is hardly avoidable. You can minimize such scratches by limiting  use to special occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries and special holidays like Valentine’s Day. To play it safe, I would not use the china for foods that are notorious stain-makers such as tumeric, curry, pomegranate and anything grape based to avoid yellowing and staining.

Lastly, to answer your question, I do not own any fine china just yet. But, I have seen many beautiful pieces in the shops in London and the future looks very promising.

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Lisa is the founder of The Domestic Life Stylist. A lifestyle blog that focuses on embracing "Living Life at Home with Finesse & Style". Lisa focuses on bringing flair to home, family and food amidst occasional domestic chaos but always great fun and fabulous food. Get her free guide: "15 Healthy Pantry Staples to Get Impressive Meals & Snacks on the Table + 3 Bonus Recipes by visiting her blog.

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