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Post# 863107   1/20/2016 at 18:01 (1,006 days old) by ptcruiser51 (Boynton Beach, FL)        

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My 10-y.o. set is mostly white.  A few red and grey pieces.  Since I moved to SoFlo and now have a dishwasher, the white pieces show marks that can only be from flatware.  Both my sets of table flatware are stainless.  I never had this problem when I used to do dishes by hand.  I've tried running them through a dishwasher cycle with bleach, or vinegar, with STPP,   The marks lightened some, but aren't gone.  I'm afraid to use BonAmi or Barkeeper's Friend because of damage.  Once, I had a rust stain on one of the white bowls and used "Whink" rust remover on it.  It did remove the stain, but also removed the glaze.



Post# 863122 , Reply# 1   1/20/2016 at 18:44 (1,006 days old) by ea56 (Sonoma Co.,CA)        

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I've used Bar Keeper's Friend to remove silverware marks from my dishes and never had any abrasion. But you could also try Bon Ami powder, its non abrasive as far as I know. Using Bar Keeper;s Friend will really get those marks off easily. Try it on a small area on the back of a plate and see if you think the finish is dulled.

Post# 863124 , Reply# 2   1/20/2016 at 18:46 (1,006 days old) by easy (Boston, Mass)        

I've had fiesta for everyday use for ten or so years. I've got cobalt, turquoise, persimmon, and sunflower. All the heavy use pieces have those marks and I've always assumed it was from the knives (stainless).

The marks seem to be getting worse with time and I have never been able to remove them.

I don't know if this only happens to fiesta or if all solid dinnerware tends to show marks.

Post# 863141 , Reply# 3   1/20/2016 at 19:43 (1,006 days old) by kb0nes (Burnsville, MN)        

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I have always used ceramic cook top cleaner on my white Corningware to remove marks and it has worked just fine. Fiesta has a very good glaze so I would suspect this would be fine too.

To be sure I called a lifeline (my older brother Jerry) who is an AVID Fiesta collector. His response is that he has always used silver polish and in fact Homer Laughlin sells silver polish for this job.

As with any cleaning the best bet is to always start with the least aggressive cleaner and work up. Silver polish is likely the least abrasive cleanser. But judicious use of Bon Ami or Bar Keepers Friend etc should cause no harm if used lightly. Just shy away from Comet or Scotchbrite or the like!

Post# 864420 , Reply# 4   1/27/2016 at 23:16 (999 days old) by rp2813 (The Big Blue Bubble)        

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My Homer Laughlin set of Harlequin has developed flatware marks over almost 40 years of use (but not always daily use).   Since it's just the two of us, we often use the same two plates from the top of the stack, and they are the ones that have the most marks.


I thought all I could do was wait until it really got unsightly and then go on the hunt for replacements in the matching colors.  I'm glad to learn there's a remedy.


I have silver polish, cerama-brite, and both BKF and Bon Ami.  I'll start with silver polish and try the other products if necessary.


Thanks for this great information!

Post# 864466 , Reply# 5   1/28/2016 at 08:56 (998 days old) by HooverWheelAway ()        

I've also used Soft Scrub with bleach; that's done the trick in getting spoon marks and stains out of coffee mugs.

Post# 864695 , Reply# 6   1/29/2016 at 16:33 (997 days old) by CircleW (NE Cincinnati OH area)        

The 1986 and later pieces have an entirely different glaze (and china body) than the pieces made before 1972. The newer version has a harder glaze, since Fiesta is now actually restaurant grade china.

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