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Dec 19, 2009 12:39 PM

Removing silverware marks from plates?

Hi, I have Noritake colorwave dishes, which I guess are stoneware, certainly not fine china, and they have dark marks from the stainless steel flatware, from cutting your meat etc. Is there any way to remove those marks? The face of the plates is an eggshell white, and it just looks awful, not to mention embarrassing when we have company.

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  1. Well, I know that Pfaltzgraff makes a cleaner specifically for this purpose. I'm not sure how well it works (I seem to recall hearing it worked reasonably well), but I'd LOVE to know if there's something else out there (barkeeper's friend, etc, something like that) that'd work too . . ..

    My everyday dishes are Pfaltzgraff Gazebo (white) and are covered in those little gray scratches too.

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    1. re: Girly_Qs

      Barkeeper's friend is the same stuff that's in CLR which is pretty harsh and made for removing mineral deposits, so I don't think that's the right stuff. I have tried baking soda, and BonAmi, but they didn't do much. I'll try the baking soda with a lemon half, I have a lemon that is getting older - I'll let you know if that works - I was hoping for a miracle cure ;-)

      1. re: jacquelyncoffey

        Bar Keepers Friend claims it's safe for china and porcelain.

        "If you're looking for a cleanser you can trust to clean your stainless steel, porcelain, ceramic tile, plastic, copper, china, fiberglass, imitation marble, tile, grout, chrome, and composition sinks--trust Bar Keepers Friend."

        1. re: monku

          <<Bar Keepers Friend claims it's safe for china and porcelain.>>

          i have used Bar Keepers Friend on porcelain many times.
          i will vouch for them for this use.

      2. re: Girly_Qs

        Just to let you know, I did end up using Barkeepers Friend and it did a great job with very little elbow grease. My dishes look almost like new! The lemon and baking soda did nothing.

        1. re: Girly_Qs

          I have the same and they look terrible I have used the pfaltzgraff cleaner but it comes back it has somehthing to do with the silverware we use.
          Apparently they recommend a certain blend of nickle or something in the silverwear if you call pfaltzgraff they will tell you I have forgotten.

        2. I have used the Pfaltzgraff cleaner a lot on all kinds of china and it works very well.

          Also Barkeepers Friend is not the same stuff that's in CLR. The active ingredient in BKF is oxacylic acid and an abrasive.. The ingredients in CLR, in full, are: water, lactic acid, gluconic acid, lauryldimethyl hydroxysultaine, and propylene glycol normal butyl ether. I'm not a chemist but I believe these are different ingredients. From using CLR, it also seems more acidic and less abrasive than BKF.

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          1. re: taos

            I shouldn't have been so general, other mineral-removing products do contain oxalic acid, I used CLR as a generic term.

          2. The Pfaltzgraff cleaner will remove metal marking like a darn! (Easiest when you follow their instructions: apply the creamy cleaner, and let it stand for 15 minutes. Remove cleaner with sponge or soft cloth, then rinse well before using. I've used it on china, stoneware, and Corningware, as it's easy - needs little effort - and effective. One bottle lasts a long time.

            The marks will come again with use, but you'll find them easy to remove.

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            1. re: wontonwoman

              Can anyone report that they have definitely used the Pfaltzgraff stuff on the Noritake Colorwave dishes? Because I have, and it didn't work for me one bit. Also, I use barkeeper's friend, but it takes a serious amount of scrubbing (i.e., elbow grease) to get the job done. I'm still looking for the easy way to clean our Noritake Colorwave dishes... (I've even tried powerwashing the plates -- didn't work.)

              1. re: scratchesplates

                Hi, I'm the OP - when I used Barkeepers friend I also used a scotchbrite scrubbie and didn't have to rub all that hard for very long.

            2. i have been using The Works for quite a while and find it works faster than Sno Bowl. The Works is 20% hydrogen chloride (HCl - hydrochloric acid) and must be handled with care. Warming and drying the plates prior to application speeds the process. marks will disappear in a few minutes without any scrubbing.

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              1. re: powerwrm

                I live in Canada and a friend turned me on to a product called Kleen Glo All Purpose Cleaner for the very purpose of getting rid of those marks on my white dishes. Works like a charm and is non-toxic.

              2. I've used Le Creuset "Pots and Pans Cleaner" to remove metal stains from dishes. It works well and I assume it must be pretty gentle if it's intended for use on LC enameled interiors.