The combination of high temperatures and dishwasher detergent may cause damage to some items if they are washed in the dishwasher. Remember, if in any doubt about any aspect concerning items washed in the dishwasher, follow the instructions from the manufacturer of the items, or wash the item by hand.
Cutlery & Silverware
All cutlery and silverware should be rinsed immediately after use to prevent tarnishing caused by some foods. The Rinse wash program is useful for this. Silver items should not come into contact with stainless steel, eg other cutlery. Mixing these items can cause staining. Remove silver cutlery from the dishwasher and hand dry it immediately after the program has finished.
Aluminium can be dulled by dishwasher detergent. The degree of change depends on the quality of the detergent or aluminium.
Iron and cast iron objects can rust and stain other items. Copper, pewter and brass tend to stain.
Wooden items are generally sensitive to heat and water. Regular use in the dishwasher may cause deterioration over time. If in doubt, wash by hand.
Most everyday glassware is dishwasher safe. Crystal, very fine and antique glassware may etch and will develop a cloudy appearance. You may prefer to wash these items by hand.
Some plastics may change shape or colour with hot water. Check manufacturer’s instructions about washing plastic items. Dishwasher safe plastic items should be weighed down so they do not flip over and fill with water or fall through the base rack during the wash.
Most modern china patterns are dishwasher safe. Antique items, those with a pattern painted over the glaze, gold rims or hand painted china may be more sensitive to machine washing. If in doubt, wash by hand.
Certain adhesives are softened or dissolved in machine washing. If in doubt, wash by hand.