Mechanical Scratching on China in Dishwashers

hese scratches become noticeable in a random manner across the surface of your china.  Unfortunately, once these marks have appeared, there is nothing you can do about it short of either throwing the china away, or use it in a more creative way, such as plant pot stands etc.  It is not, however, a fault with your dishwasher, and there will be very little point in calling out an engineer.

These scratches are generally caused by:

  • Allowing china to touch in the dishwasher
  • Careless handling whether either filling or emptying the dishwasher
  • Sliding plates over one another when stacking

Unfortunately once plates are scratched or chipped you should no longer use these items for food, as they can become easily contaminated.

The possible causes of the scratching are as outlined above, and the only way you can avoid this is try to be more careful, especially when loading or unloading your dishwasher.  

I can also happen to cups by placing them too close to other items in the dishwasher, as the vibrations can cause the items to rub together, causing the damage.

If you are in a household where people can be heavy-handed, it may be a good idea to buy thicker china, especially for everyday use. It is a very common household task for children to do the filling and emptying of dishwashers, and this could be where the problem lies.  




Disclaimer: The information provided has been prepared as a guide only and the steps taken are likely to vary for different appliance models. We strongly recommend using a qualified engineer to undertake major repairs and fault finding.


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