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How to care for your Dunoon products

Dunoon Fine Bone China

Washing your Dunoon products by hand offers the safest long-term protection. As handcrafted fine bone china, Dunoon teaware is sturdy, but it does require some special care.

Firstly, use a mild detergent and a soft cloth. Avoid abrasive cleaners and scourers as these can scratch. Do not use an polishing liquids on precious metal decoration. 

Dunoon products can be used in the dishwasher, unless they have precious metal decoration. The various detergents vary in strength, and some are quite caustic in their action. Use a mild detergent and follow the instructions as to the concentration. If these instructions are followed, Dunoon mugs will last many cycles before color fade is obvious. All on-glaze decorated ceramics will eventually fade in the dishwasher. 

When loading the dishwasher, load carefull with no edges touching. 


Tea and Coffee Stains 

The removal of lead from glazes to meet health legislation, has rendered ceramicware more susceptible to staining. Always rinse mugs and cups immediately after use. 

A build up of stain can easily be removed with a soak in a weak solution of bleach. 

Soaking in a mixture of salt and water often works. 


Thermal Shock (splitting through rapid expansion) 

Avoid pouring boiling water directly into fine cup and mugs. Always put the milk in first, or if you do not take milk, pour the water over the back of a teaspoon. 



Dunoon products can be used in the microwave, except where they have precious metal decoration. This is because the microwaves cause sparks on good conducting metals. 

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Bruce MacNaughton - December 8, 2021


Microwaving is fine as long as there is no gold accents on the mugs.

I spoke with the factory regarding the “lead” used in the mugs.

Here is the answer I received.

Although the glazes and colours used in ceramic production moved to unleaded just under thirty years ago, the limits imposed on the test results have not changed.

Therefore the ware would have passed the lead limit test at the time of production and the same limits apply today so although there will always be lead present due to the materials used, it will be below all worldwide limits.

I hope this helps.
Take care, Bruce

Christina W - December 8, 2021

I was wondering I purchased a set of 4 Christmas mugs on ebay…from Dunoon..and I was wondering..if the above information means that I can microwave them freely…and if I can handwash and not be worried about any issues…I don’t see and gold edges or anything like that..I just wanted to know if I have to worry about anything else….I heard someone mention lead?
My dad drinks coffee all the time I just want to kno w if he can drink his coffee everyday safely after it was microwaved?..Can you help me?

Ewa Noel - December 9, 2019

I have a set of cups from the 1980s: JAVA designed by Andrew Enoch and was wondering about lead.. Are these cups free from lead or before those precautions were taken? Thank You.

Carol A. Edwards - June 10, 2017

Thank you so much Bruce for responding. I will try salt and water. I so love Dunoon cups!

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