Five Ways To Get The Most Out Of Your Dinnerware

Your dinnerware is a crucial part of the guest experience. When it’s chipped and marred, customers are left with a negative impression. They start to wonder where else the establishment cuts corners. That is why it’s so important to take care of your ware. He are five easy ways to make sure you’re getting the most out of your dinnerware. 

Yes, there is a right way (and a wrong way) to wash your ware. Always remove scraps carefully with either rubber scraper or water spray. Never use other dishes or abrasive pads for the job. Never load loose and mixed items in the dish rack. 

Ever wonder how to get rid of the gray marks on your dinnerware caused by metal flatware? Many people think the marks are scratches; however, they are similar to pencil marks and usually cause no damage to the glaze or pottery itself. Metal markings can be removed by a variety of products, including Zud, Bar Keepers Friend, and Wright’s Copper Cream. 

Avoid subjecting dinnerware to extreme temperature fluctuations, which can lead to cracking. Have plenty of ware ready for rush periods to prevent the need to quickly wash, dry, and return to service. 

Other than mistakes while cleaning, improper stacking might be the biggest cause of chips, cracks, and breaks. Avoid stacking too high, because it can become top-heavy and send ware plummeting to the ground. Always stack lighter items on top of heavier items instead of the other way around. And be cautious when removing ware from a stack to prevent scratching. 

The most important step in getting the most out of your ware comes at the very beginning, when you first buy it. That is the time to consider your purchase in terms of overall cost of ownership, not simple per-unit price. An inexpensive plate that constantly needs replacing is no bargain at all, while a pricier plate that provides years of trouble-free service can end up being a real steal. 

What makes genuine quality? Durability. The strength to withstand day after day of fast handling, dishwashing, stacking, and silverware abrasion without damage. Also, vitrification. Vitrified china results when the clay goes through a single-firing process at a high temperature, making it nonabsorbent, nonporous, hard, smooth and lustrous, and strong. 

Quality also comes with control. At HLC, we own our processes, from earth to table. From design to manufacturing. From the hundreds of color glazes and patterns to the custom embossments and hand-applied decorations we offer. We deliver exactly what you envisioned for your tabletops—and then we deliver it to you faster because we’re right here in the USA 

No other foodservice dinnerware company of Homer Laughlin’s size operating in the United States can make these claims. Most dinnerware companies today aren’t dinnerware manufacturers. They don’t actually make what they sell. We’re proud to say that when you hold a piece of Homer Laughlin ware in your hands, you can tell you’re holding quality. Its heft, beauty, uniformity tell the story.



January 2020


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