Plastic glasses and dishes designed to withstand the rigors of restaurant use are an ideal choice for busy homes… if you know a few dirty little secrets about your dishwasher!
HOUSTON (PR WEB) September 12, 2010 -- Move over glass, make way stoneware -- today's busy lifestyles
and demanding schedules are leading more and more people to seek "stress-less"
alternatives when outfitting their home. This shift to less worrisome
homewares is readily seen in the kitchen, with the increasing popularity
of durable plastic glasses, stemware and dinnerware as everyday essentials.
Once found almost exclusively in seasonal and children's
styles, plastic tableware is quickly ousting its ceramic and glass counterparts
for a place at the table year-round, and it's no wonder. Attractive, resilient
plastic tableware designed to meet the rigors of busy restaurants is finding
its way into consumers' hands, thanks to companies like SimplySmartLiving.com.
"Improved plastics like polycarbonate, SAN, Tritan and enameled
melamine create tableware that mimics fragile glass and ceramic in look
and feel, yet greatly outperforms in durability -- being practically unbreakable
in most cases." says SimplySmartLiving.com founder, Krista Fabregas.
"The qualities that make this plastic tableware great
for restaurant use -- presentation, longevity and safety -- make it an
ideal, worry-free choice for everyday use at home," says Krista.
Performance in the dishwasher is also an issue plastic
tableware users know all too well. Acrylic glasses, even those labeled
"top rack dishwasher safe," almost without exception display a crackled,
cloudy finish after mere weeks of dishwasher use. And that's just one
of myriad dishwasher woes expressed by consumers.
Happily, restaurant-quality tableware is designed to take
on the dishwasher without the crazing, clouding and cracking problems
common to lesser plastics. But, Krista warns, users of even the highest-quality
plastic tableware should be aware of some changes to household dishwashers
in recent years.
"Newer Energy Star-rated residential dishwashers feature
built-in water heaters that can greatly exceed the temperatures of commercial
dishwashers," says Krista. "Water temperature in excess of 140º-150ºF
can be damaging to many clear, glass-like plastics -- even restaurant-quality
So how can you know if your dishwasher might damage plastic
tableware... before it happens?
Dishwashers featuring "sani-cycle," "pot scrub" or "extra
heat" selections likely have a built-in heater that further heats incoming
water during the wash cycle. Water heaters are an energy-saving feature
on most upscale brands and newer models. By heating the water used for
washing, these new dishwashers allow consumers to lower their home's water
heater to 110ºF, from the standard 140ºF needed for optimal dishwasher
Ideally, the dishwasher's heater makes up the difference
and dishes are washed at about 140ºF. But if the home's hot water heater
setting remains high, water temperature in the dishwasher can reach 160ºF
or more. While not a problem for glass, ceramics, metal, and even melamine
plastic, excessive heat can damage polycarbonate -- and definitely will
Fortunately, most of these energy-saving dishwashers also
feature a "normal wash" setting that does not further heat the incoming
hot water, and that's the best setting to use to avoid damage to plastic
glasses and dinnerware.
So, for those seeking a little more sanity and lot less
worry at mealtime, look to innovative retailers like SimplySmartLiving.com
for restaurant-quality plastic tableware that combines good looks with
durability suited to everyday use. And now that you know the dirty little
secrets to keeping it clean -- without damage -- you'll be sure to enjoy
it over the long term.