Caring for melamine tableware and synthetic glasses

Things can get really rough at sea. So using porcelain tableware and real glass must surely be advised against. As Marine Business distributor we have a wide range of melamine tableware and synthetic glasses for use on boats. The stylish tableware and glassware by this Spanish brand is unbreakable and luxuriously glossy. People often ask us for the best ways of keeping melamine tableware and synthetic glasses in optimum condition. So read our tips below.

Caring for melamine tableware and synthetic glasses

Positives and negatives of melamine tableware

Many water sports enthusiasts prefer using BPA-free melamine tableware on board for ocean-proof dining. Melamine is a strong plastic variant that is scratch- and impact-resistant. Scratch resistance implies that the material is unaffected by moderate use of knives and forks for instance. However, melamine is not fully scratchproof. So if you are looking for fully scratchproof tableware you have no option but using earthenware or porcelain. But Melamine tableware indeed has several big advantages compared to ‘real’ tableware: it is lightweight, easy to use and (virtually) unbreakable. There is little harm in dropping it. With its glossy looks and fine porcelain-like finish, Marine Business tableware can hardly be distinguished from porcelain tableware. Below you will find several tips for maintaining your melamine tableware in tip-top condition for a long time to come.

Tips for long-lasting beauty of melamine tableware

  • Melamine tableware is dishwasher-proof. But remember to select low temperature and preferably put your melamine tableware in the upper compartment.
  • Never use scouring pads when washing melamine tableware by hand. This will scratch the finish and causes the gloss to deteriorate.
  • Never use abrasive cleansers for cleaning melamine tableware. They remove the protective coating.
  • Persistent coffee and tea stains in your melamine cups and mugs are prevented by briefly rinsing them immediately after use.
  • Marine Business melamine tableware may be put in the microwave, but for no more than 90 seconds.
  • Do not use melamine plates as cutting-boards for sharp knives.

Unbreakable glasses: polycarbonate, MS and Tritan

In addition to melamine tableware we also have a large collection of unbreakable glasses by Marine Business. They are made of polycarbonate, MS or Tritan. Using ‘plastic’ glasses means carefree enjoyment of your on-board drinks. Although they are scratch- and impact-resistant they may gradually turn misty if not properly cared for. You are advised not to use these glasses for liqueurs or hot drinks. Strong alcohol makes the glasses turn misty; the coating is impaired by the heat. Below you will find some tips for optimum care of your glasses.

  • Polycarbonate glasses: strong synthetic, impact-resistant glasses. Not suitable for microwave use. Although you could put these glasses in the upper dishwasher compartment, you are recommended to wash them by hand, to prevent mist.
  • MS glasses: MS is composed of 60% acrylic and 40% polystyrene. This synthetic material is not microwave-proof. You are advised to wash these glasses by hand as well.
  • Tritan glasses: Tritan is a high-grade synthetic material that can hardly be distinguished from real glass. Tritan wine glasses are just as thin and transparent as real wine glasses. You may safely put these glasses in your upper dishwasher compartment (max. 65 0C) and they are even suitable for liqueurs, hot drinks (not boiling-hot, however) and microwave use.

Do you have any other questions about Marine Business tableware or synthetic glasses? Then do not hesitate and contact us, or a nearby dealer.

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