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Cleaning Villeroy and Boch Dishware the Easy Way

Villeroy and Boch is durable and virtually indestructible dishware, cookware and bakeware. Dishes and cookware that are used in the microwave and oven can often get stained and marked up. Don’t despair, those baked-in stains and grease marks can be removed. With a few simple steps you can make your Villeroy and Boch dishes look like new

Preparing a Cleaner for Villeroy and Boch

The ideal cleaner for Villeroy and Boch is a mixture of a few different items that you probably have in your home: Dish detergent, vinegar, baking soda and hot water. Prepare a sink full of hot water with just a few drops of detergent, and 1/4 cup of baking soda. Place the Villeroy and Boch into the sink and pour in one cup of vinegar. When the vinegar and baking soda meet there will be a fizzing chemical reaction.

Soaking

Allow the dishes to soak in the sink overnight. This will give the natural cleansing properties of the vinegar and baking soda time to work at loosening grease stains and baked-on food marks. Dish detergent is formulated to lift away dirt and debris and disperse it into the water.  Soaking cuts down on you wasting effort in scrubbing at the stains before they are loosened.

Cleaning

In the morning, dip a damp cloth into baking soda and use it to rub any stains or marks that you can still see on the Villeroy and Boch. Baking soda is a gentle scrubbing product that won’t damage or scratch your dishes. Rinse well with warm water and dry with a soft cloth. Your Villeroy and Boch should now be free of yellowish grease stains and baked-on foods and will look like new. You can repeat this process as often as your Villeroy and Boch needs it.

 

 
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Posted by on February 15, 2012 in Dinnerware, Tableware

 

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Villeroy and Boch China Collector’s Delight

Set the table with Villeroy and Boch china place settings of dinnerware, stemware and flatware. There are endless patterns to catch any collector’s eye, so it is a personal preference. The most collectible pieces are those that have already been retired. If you are fortunate enough to have place settings and are missing a few or want to add to your collection, search “replacement Villeroy and Boch” on the Internet. There are also many ads in the back of women’s magazines that provide phone numbers and web addresses for these companies.

You can also shop on any fine jewelry stores and high-end department stores that carry Villeroy and Boch china products. Their sales staff should be able to help you in ordering pieces of china to complete your settings or collections as long as these pieces are still in production. For retired pieces, another option is to try antique dealers that specialize in china

Collect the Christmas collection patterns. There have been many over the years. Each year there are new pieces added to the already existing pattern collections. In addition, Villeroy and Boch make a variety of Christmas ornaments, which are very collectible. Any of these would make a wonderful Christmas gift for someone that collects the Christmas pieces.

Celebrate birthdays, weddings and new babies with collecting Villeroy and Boch China’s birthday giftware, animal figurines, china and crystal vases and baby keepsakes. There are new additions added to these every year. These are available at fine jewelry stores and high-end department stores.

Start a historical collection of Villeroy and Boch china. Options include collecting a place setting of each china dinnerware pattern that has graced the dining table in Vatican. There have also been patterns used for many years back in embassies, governors’ mansions and royalty palaces.

Begin at the beginning and collect a place setting of each china dinnerware pattern that Villeroy and Boch China has produced from the first pattern up to present day. It would be quite an extensive collection.

Fill your collector’s china cabinet with all the retired patterns that Villeroy and Boch China has produced. These may be harder to come by, but would be a very impressive collection to have. Antique-china dealers, flea markets and Internet auction sites may all be helpful in locating all the pieces to your china pattern puzzle.

 
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Posted by on February 13, 2012 in Dinnerware, Tableware

 

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Types of Fine Porcelain

Porcelain has been gracing homes all over the world for hundreds of years. There are basically two types of porcelain. Soft paste porcelain is really a false porcelain made from white firing clay mixed with glass, bone ash or soapstone (steatite). Hard paste porcelain is made from china clay and china stone, both forms of decomposed granite. When the two are fired together at around 2,462 degrees Fahrenheit (1,350 degrees Celsius) they create hard paste porcelain, or petuntse.

Chinese and Japanese Porcelain

The Chinese perfected the production of hard paste porcelain in the 9th century A.D. Hard paste porcelain only began to be mastered in Europe in the early 18th century. Chinese artisans created some of the most exquisite porcelain ever made, like eggshell porcelain bowls and vases from the 18th century — the porcelain is called eggshell because it is so fine you can see light through it. Other exquisite works are dishes and bowls from the Ch’ien Lung era (1736-1795), bowls and figurines from the Ming Dynasty and examples of Chinese export porcelain. Japanese porcelains are as beautiful as the Chinese and more delicate looking. Noritake’s plates, cups, saucers, sugar bowls and other tableware are not only gorgeous, but good for everyday use. Satsuma and Hirado (Mikawachi) style vases, jars and teapots, many not only decorated with flowers and birds but embellished with gilt, are collector items. Kutani porcelain bowls, dishes and tea sets, glazed and painted with bold colors, are also impressive.

Sevres

Sevres porcelain of France has been in business since 1756 and is still in operation despite many setbacks and takeovers. The plates, urns, covered bowls, teapots and other items are breathtakingly elegant, so much so that items from Sevres began to be called “jeweled Sevres.”

Villeroy and Boch and Lenox

Germany’s Villeroy and Boch also makes very fine porcelain and other house wares. Some of their products are traditional, like flowered teacups with scalloped edges. Other pieces are more modern, with a more streamlined shape and pastel colors. Lenox, an American company, is famous for the dinner services made for the White House. Dinnerware made for more ordinary folk comes in all manner of delicious patterns, including Dandy Lane, Wisteria and Iced Pirouette. Lenox also makes figurines, including Disney figurines, and its more casual dinnerware is affordable. They also make gifts for special occasions like graduation, birthdays and new babies.

 
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Posted by on February 10, 2012 in Dinnerware, Tableware

 

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How to Spot German Steins From Marks

Lids on drinking cups became common as a sanitary practice after bubonic plague swept Europe in the 1600s. The earliest examples of German steins, made of clay by Kreussen in the 17th century, are museum pieces now. In the 18th century, Villeroy and Boch, still a maker of fine china, started producing beautifully decorated steins with the mark Mettlach.

The fanciful scenes on beer steins include fairies, animals and the mark on the bottom of a stein can be pressed into the clay during manufacturing or painted on as a label. Not all German steins, especially antiques, will bear a “Made in Germany” designation. German words, such as Musterschutz and Gengen Nachbildung Geschützt, mean trademark and patent protection and does not represent a specific manufacturer.

Beer stein manufacturers starting in the 1900s used geometric shapes, a picture or a monogram to identify their brand. Examples are: an X with the letters D, B on the ends (Dumler and Breiden); triangle shapes with a T inside and a circle with R, M (Reinhold Merkelbach). Beer steins are made by scores of companies, and each will have its own symbol. A stein with no mark suggests it is a cheap reproduction.

Villeroy and Boch, the maker of fine Dresden china, has a variety of elaborate medallion shapes on its steins with V, B and sometimes the word Mettlach, the town where the factory is located.

An elaborate, twisted ,wood-like or vine-shaped handle is common to the Matthias Girmscheid brand but is seen in other manufacturers. These handles are decorated with berries and leaves.

A colorful scene on a lidless stein. A heavy pewter lid is common to authentic German steins. The lid might contain an inlay of porcelain. Less desirable is a thin pewter lid with a cone shape that could contain lead. An authentic stein can be found without a lid because it was manufactured that way or it has been lost.

 
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Posted by on February 9, 2012 in Dinnerware, Tableware

 

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Make your Kitchen Standout with Villeroy and Boch Dinnerware

Dinner plates can make wonderful décor in the kitchen or dining area. Putting them up on the wall is a great way to save space and show off your favorite plates when they are not in use. It may seem a little more complicated than putting them in a cabinet, but they can be an interesting part of the décor and can help to accentuate the colors and styles in the room.
You most likely have more than one set of plates that you would like out of your cabinet and displayed. You can have one set on the wall or you can do a mix and match of multiple sets. Take your cues from the colors in the room. The plates and the colors in the room should complement each other, not clash.

You can always take plates away or add more onto the wall, but there is only so much space. Choose a location that is preferably eye level or higher up where you can easily reach them when you need them. They should be away from the stove’s area where they can get dirty as steam rises and food splatters. In addition, keep them away from direct sunlight to avoid distorted coloration.

If you have a larger area, you can display as many plates as you wish. If you only have limited room, you may want to stick to three or four, which is a small enough amount but large enough to have a full effect.

Hang your plates in any pattern you wish; however, some patterns, such as vertical, horizontal, four square or zigzag, are easy to work with and create a clean design. Have a friend or two help to hold the dishes up in the pattern to get an idea of what it will look like before you make holes in the wall.

Villeroy and Boch offers contemporary designs and patterns that is new to the eye of many.  Some are hesitant to buy square dinnerware that is why most customers of Villeroy and Boch dinnerware are artists that loves to decorate their own place with unique patterns such as the New Wave collection of Villeroy and Boch.

Put the plates standing on a shelf that has a groove. Another option is to put them on a vertical or horizontal set of hangers where you can put multiple plates. For a zigzag pattern, individual hangers would be your best option. Some hangers are ornate with designs and some are plain so you can find the perfect one to complement the plates and the room.

 
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Posted by on February 8, 2012 in Dinnerware, Tableware

 

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How to Properly Maintain the New Appearance of Villeroy and Boch Kitchen Sinks?

Villeroy and Boch produces kitchen sinks made of durable fire clay. Fire clay is ceramic fired at very high temperatures, which makes the material very hard. Villeroy and Boch then adds a special finish to the sinks. This finish, called Ceramicplus, makes the sinks extra scratch resistant and stain resistant, according to the manufacturer. With good care, your Villeroy and Boch sink will provide both beauty and functionality in your kitchen.

Wipe the sink dry with a towel when it gets wet. This helps prevent water deposits. Water deposits are not difficult to remove from Villeroy and Boch sinks, according to Kitchen Sinks, however, prevention is easy and may save you time cleaning later on.

Clean the fire clay sink with a little dish soap and water. This should be all that is necessary to remove dirt and oils from the sink. Rinse the sink out well after you are done scrubbing and wipe it with a towel to dry. For more stubborn stains, sprinkle baking soda on a damp sponge and scrub, or use commercial cleaner containing bleach.

Place a rubber mat, or similar protective device, on the bottom of the sink before washing heavy pots or pans. Although fire clay sinks are very hard and durable, they can still be damaged (chipped or scratched) by heavy items knocking against them or if you accidentally lose your grip and drop a heavy item.

 
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Posted by on February 7, 2012 in Dinnerware, Tableware

 

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Pros and Cons of Using Ceramic Dinnerware and Other Materials

Ceramic decorations, dinnerware and building materials add unique and personal touches to any home.  The advantages of ceramic over other materials are numerous and although there are also disadvantages into them, as a whole it is a product which is extremely compatible with maintaining a clean, carefree and safe household and lifestyle.

Cost

Ceramics are usually relatively inexpensive, depending on the application. Installing ceramic tile throughout your home is far less expensive than adding carpet or hardwood flooring. There are cost differences though when ceramics are applied to the manufacturing of dishes and cookware. Some are extremely inexpensive while others demand top dollar because of design, brand and quality issues.

Color

Ceramic items also tend to hold color well. Unlike cement or stone, paint on ceramic vases, dishes and decorative items will stick to the surfaces and remain vivid for years to come. This makes ceramics also popular as an art and decorative form — interior decorators often opt to use ceramic both as floor and wall coverings, as well as in decorative pots, figurines, vases, lamps and knobs.

Durability

One of the downsides to ceramics is that the products are usually very fragile — not as fragile as their counterpart in porcelain but easily crushed, broken or shattered. Care should always be taken in the handling of ceramic items and cookware, and dishes should not be used if cracked or chipped. However, ceramics can handle extremes of heat and cold very well and are often used for freezer-to-oven casseroles and other favorite dishes.

Easy To Clean

Ceramics are commonly used in nursing homes, hospitals and child care facilities because of the high levels of sanitation with tile walls, flooring and ceramic fixtures. This is equally important in your own home, especially in areas such as the kitchen or bathroom. Ceramic is very easy to clean, stain resistant and does not retain the residues and smells of chemicals, foods or beverages.

Ceramic Surfaces

The texture of ceramic surfaces is cool and smooth to the touch and pleasing to the eye. It can be slippery, so care should be taken when handling ceramic dishes or cookware. Ceramic tile can be treated with an abrasive grit application available at your local building supply store or you can add texture to the tile surface to reduce accidents and ensure the safety of all who walk on it.

Water

Ceramics are especially useful in areas with heavy moisture such as bathrooms, kitchens and outdoors. Ceramic tile keeps these areas free from leakage, corrosion and mold. Ceramic dishes are leak-proof and are ideal for hot teas and other hot and cold beverages. Flower pots hold moist soil to aid in the growth of plants both indoors and out.

If you are looking for fine dinnerware that is made of ceramics, Villeroy and Boch house of ceramics offer products that exceed customer’s expectations.  They have been around for over 250 years in the business and have quality materials that you can be proud to have.  Villeroy and Boch is a family owned business that has been passed on from their first generation till today.  They have marvelous range of collection that is carefully crafted and designed by top designers around the world.

 

 

 
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Posted by on February 6, 2012 in Dinnerware, Tableware

 

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Villeroy and Boch ideal for Kitchen Make Over

Let’s accept it, cheap dinnerware sets are not worthy of being on your table especially if you have important guests to host.  Their price compliment with the quality of each pieces and they easily get cracks and fade.  Although cheap dinnerware can have can have attractive and colorful designs, they still produce cheap feeling to anyone’s table setting.  Even if you seldom used these dinnerware they can fade easily because the materials used on them are not made to last a lifetime.

Villeroy and Boch dinnerware is known for its durable and stylish dinnerware.  With them, you never have to worry using old faded dinnerware that can break anytime.  They have a different style that shows simplicity and elegant classic effect in anyone who appreciates beauty on the table top.  For those who prefer adoned plates, cups and other kitchen ware, Villeroy and Boch house of ceramics can provide numerous designs and artworks that is a masterpiece by top designers.

Today, Villeroy and Boch is considered to be the biggest ceramic manufacturer in the world.  Their products are highly appreciated by royalties, the Pope and top chefs from other fine restaurants.  Vilelroy and Boch have colorful designs, uncanny shapes, traditional concepts and contemporary for any age and preference.

Now that you know why it is bad for you reputation to buy cheap dinnerware, you can have this moment to think of losing those old faded cheap dinnerware on your cupboard.  With Villeroy and Boch, you will never experience the guilt of hosting your relatives, guests by serving their food with cheap dinnerware that you can found on the corner store.  Experience the beauty of fine dining and share it to your friends and relatives.  This may change the aura in your kitchen and promote happy mood on your table setting.

 
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Posted by on January 31, 2012 in Dinnerware, Tableware

 

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Villeroy and Boch’s Ability to Adapt on Every Occasion

Like Wedgwood dinnerware set, Villeroy and Boch dinnerware set can fit to any occasion. Both are the same brand that manufacture high quality dinnerware and is highly notable for the quality materials used on every pattern. Villeroy and Boch dinnerware collection can set any tone from casual to formal. If you’re familiar with the two brand you now that they contend to be the best dinnerware brand in the world.
Some of their popular patterns are series of decorative and have unique shapes. If you’re looking for extravagant designs, they are also available in the house of Villeroy and boch. If white dinnerware from Villeroy and Boch is too simple for your taste, you can always check their online stores for other dinnerware with meaningful designs and shapes. With the addition of napkins, placemats and few decorations, you can create a new motif that is favorable to you and your guests’ liking.
Villeroy and Boch “New Wave” collection is ideal for those who are timid in making a decorating statement and just go with the flow. Maybe it is one of the reasons why the collection is named “New Wave” just like a real wave that continuously flow with new ideas and control the pace.
Villeroy and Boch dinnerware collection is popular of its versatility and its ability to coordinate with the current trends from classic traditional to contemporary designs that you can play, mix and match depending on the occasion.

 
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Posted by on January 23, 2012 in Dinnerware, Tableware

 

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Villeroy and Boch Salad Plates for Special Occasions

Salad is usually mixture of green leafy vegetable, fruits or pasta.  Whether it is raw or cooked it is very delicious and healthy.  Add some cheese, nuts and it’s ready to go.  It may be a cold dish which comes with some dressing such as mayonnaise or other type of dressing.

This dish is basically served on salad type dinnerware like salad plates also referred as accent plates.  The use of this dinnerware is usually for decorative purposes and function as plates where deserts and salad are placed.  The use of a salad plate may not necessarily spell the success of a dinner or lunch party you are hosting, but it definitely signifies you as a good host for serving dessert and salad into the table.  If you often have gatherings like family reunions, see to it that your salad plates are ready to use and in good condition.

Salad plates come in different types such as clear glass, porcelain, china and plastic plates.  Rounded shape or rectangular, it doesn’t matter if what you prefer, a good salad plate can help your dining become enjoyable.

When choosing a particular shape of salad plate many people prefer to get a matching set.  As an example, instead of purchasing both square dinner plates and square salad plates separately, it may make more sense to purchase instead on of the many square dinnerware sets available to buyer.

When selecting salad plates choose the style and design that is fitting to the tone of the occasion.  If it is a formal dinner or lunch, choose the ones that will exude elegance and style, such as glass and porcelain plates.  But of course, do not compromise quality over aesthetic beauty.  For casual events, simple designs on the plates will be okay as long as they are durable.

When buying salad plates take into consideration how easy they are to clean.  If the plates are used as often as every day, the plates should stand the wear of everyday washing.  If this is an important consideration for you, the selection of dishwasher safe salad plates may be appropriate.

This is where Villeroy and Boch New Cottage Special Serve Salad steps in.  For sure you’ve heard about the House of Villeroy and Boch where in they provide almost every table setting needs like dinnerware, cutlery, glassware and serve ware.

 
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Posted by on January 20, 2012 in Dinnerware, Tableware

 

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