Placing rubber or plastic mats on large stainless steel surfaces usually found in industrial kitchens can help reduce metal marking to ceramics. Rubber or plastic mats can also be placed in stacking areas, trolleys or sinks to further reduce the chance of metal marking. Replace or repair any plastic coated racks that may have become worn and the metal underneath exposed, as this again could cause damage to your ceramics. Using:
Don t scrape off leftovers wipe off with a paper towel or a plastic/rubber scraper.
Utopia ceramics are suitable for microwave use, however be advised that any decorated item that includes metal will not be microwave safe.
Use cutlery that is of a high grade steel as a minimum requirement, as some cutlery in use today is made from low grade steel, which being soft in nature increases the chance of metal marking. Using metal utensils against ceramics can also cause metal marking, try to keep this to a minimum or use plastic utensils. Washing:
Utopia s products are specially designed to withstand the rigours of the Foodservice and Hospitality trade, including automatic dishwashing found widely in most businesses.
The correct handling and care of your Melamine buffet and tableware will enhance the appearance and longevity of the product in use. The following guide will assist you.
Handle melamine dinnerware like any quality dinnerware. Use only plastic pads or plastic type bristle to remove dried food. Pre-soak melamine products, if necessary, in a high quality pre-soak dishwashing detergent. Do not use melamine products in an oven.
Do not use melamine products in a microwave.
Do not use harsh or abrasive cleaners, steel wool, or metal scouring pads. Do not use chlorine bleach.
Melamine is a thermosetting plastic that is strong, lightweight and hard with the look and feel of ceramic product. It is highly break and scratch resistant, but it is NOT 100% unbreakable, it can be scratched and broken.
Melamine is often used for dinnerware, mixing bowls and laminated counter tops because it resists acids, alkalis and most food stains. Melamine is hard and smooth and can withstand some fairly warm temperatures, but it does absorb heat and will soften if it gets too hot. While melamine is perfectly safe when it comes in contact with warm temperatures, melamine is not microwavable.
In general, melamine products are not designed to withstand temperatures that exceed 100°C and should not be submerged in boiling water or placed in the oven.
Also, be sure to avoid exposure to hot objects or prolonged exposure to boiling water. Melamine is suitable for use over a bain-marie as the water is circa 70°C, to hold food above a temperature of 60°C. Melamine is dishwasher safe (as long as the water temperature does not exceed the 100°C guidelines). Scouring powder should not be used, as it will scratch the surface, also never use chlorine bleach on melamine buffetware.
To ensure the quality level of the product it is important to take note of the following: Strictly follow recommended dishwashing procedures set out by the manufacturer and use the correct dose application of the detergent. The use of an approved detergent is recommended.
For effective cleaning, we recommend that the dishwashing temperature and the final rinse be set between 55 to 60°C. Operating at higher temperature levels in order to wash crockery properly is a definite case of overkill and detrimental to all tableware.
Repair or replace any plastic coated metal in the dishwasher that may have worn away as this may result in metal marking. Stack ceramics separately to other crockery in the dishwasher such as cutlery or pans and ensure items do not vibrate against each other during the cycle.
Overdosing on detergent or using excessively high temperatures will cause deterioration to the glazed finish or damage any decoration on the product. Metal Marking
Metal marking occurs when a ceramic item comes into contact with metal surfaces or utensils, which can cause metal tracing to be left on the ceramic item due to certain types of steel being softer than the glaze of the ceramic.
Despite the unsightly appearance of metal marking, it is not a cause for concern as it can be easily removed by the application of a gentle household non-abrasive cleaner.