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How to take care of your porcelain

Learn how to take good care of your porcelain

Beautiful Royal Copenhagen blue fluted porcelain tableware

Today, many people are afraid of using their fine china or expensive porcelain. Some fear that the delicate sets of porcelain will be damaged in the dishwasher or microwave oven and that is a shame!

That is why we have put together this guide to provide you with some useful tips and advice for taking good care of your porcelain, making it possible for you to use it every day - even in the dishwasher and microwave oven.

White and blue painted under-glazed sets are approved for dishwashers and microwave ovens

In general the majority of the white and blue painted sets with under-glazing decorations and internal glazing are all approved for dishwashers and microwave ovens.

Porcelain series approved for dishwashers and microwave ovens

  • White plain
  • Blue fluted
  • Blue flower
  • Empire
  • Blue fluted Mega
  • Hans Christian Andersen series

The faience sets (e.g. Blue Edged) are also approved for use in dishwashers. The execeptions being sets with metallic edges (e.g. golden edges/rims) and metallic/golden decorations.

Among others Royal Copenhagen are continously running laboratory tests to see how the porcelain reacts and if it can be used in dishwashers.

Not recommended for dishwashers and microwave ovens

The sets of porcelain with metallic, golden and silver decorations are recommended to be cleaned by hand, unless the product packaging encourage otherwise.

Porcelain and faience sets are able to handle heating in a microwave oven, as long as the sets af not decorated with any metal, gold or silver, which could be severely damaged in the microwave oven.

Can I clean my Christmas plates in a dishwasher?

Yes, Christmas plates by Royal Copenhagen, Bing & Grondahl and Desiree Denmark (Old Copenhagen Blue/Svend Jensen) are safe to clean in a dishwasher due to their under glazed decorations.

How do I clean porcelain with metallic (and/or over glazed) decorations?

We recommend that you clean sets of porcelain with gold, silver and metallic decorations by hand, unless the product brochure suggests otherwise.

If your porcelain is decorated using the over glazed method (as on e.g. the Flora Danica series) we do not recommend using a dishwasher to clean the items.

Although some of the more recent editions and series such as the Flora and Star fluted are able to endure dishwashers, we recommend you to clean these series by hand to keep their finish optimal for as long as possible.

Can I use porcelain by Royal Copenhagen in a microwave oven?

Yes, a set of porcelain or faience by Royal Copenhagen is safe to use in a microwave oven.

However, we do not recommend using products decorated with metallic, gold and/or silver in a microwave oven. Items with such decorations can be severely damaged by microwaves.

Can I use porcelain by Royal Copenhagen in a conventional oven/stove?

We recommend customers who wish to use Royal Copenhagen sets in a conventional oven or stove, to slowly heat up and slowly cool down the items.

Large and fast changes in tempatures can in the worst scenarios break the porcelain. As an example you could place items from a hot oven on a rack to let it cool down slowly.

We do not recommend convection ovens.


Delivery terms

There are 2 types of delivery terms:

  1. Delivery of items in stock
  2. Delivery of customised/special ordered items and items not in stock

Delivery of items in stock

All items currently in stock are items that we currently have stored at our warehouse.

Items in stock are normally shipped immediately (within 1-4 business days). When your payment has been confirmed by us, you will receive an order confirmation.

Should the time of delivery be delayed beyond normal (i.e. orders of large quantity) we will let you know.

Attention! By delivery time we mean the time from the order is confirmed to the order is shipped from DPH Trading. Not the time between the order is made to the time you receive the order.

Delivery of customised/special ordered items and items not in stock

Customised/special ordered items and items not in stock are all items we do not currently store at our warehouse.

We are therefore depending of the various suppliers, dealers and collectors and the time of delivery is only an estimate.

In some situations it can be impossible for DPH Trading to predict the exact time of delivery if the items are specially ordered or customised.

Sometimes the items have to be produced from scratch. If the particular item is of significant age we may have to rely on private collectors who are willing to sell.

All the customised/special ordered items are delivered as close to the agreed delivery date as possible.

DPH Trading could take precautions for the delivery of entire or parts of an order. Part deliveries can occur. We always strive to inform you as quickly and efficiently as possible, should any deliveries change or be divided into separate deliveries.

In extraordinary situations negotiations can be made where the buyer are not responsible for the extra delivery cost in case of part deliveries.

Collect your items at our shop

If you prefer to collect your order at our boutique in Odense, Denmark you very welcome to do so. 

You can see our opening hours and contact information at the page top and bottom.

When you collect you order in person at our shop the freight cost is free. A visit to our store also gives you the opportunity to experience our amazing selection of items on display.


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