In Evanston, Il 60201, we suggest hand washing your best China, if it was purchased more than 25 years ago. To delicately wash China, first place a rubber guard, available at most hardware stores, on the faucet to prevent chipping. Place a rubber mat or double folded towel on the bottom of the sink. If it's a divided sink, drape a rubber mate over the divider. Wash in a sinkful of warm water, using any liquid dishwashing detergent and a nonabrasive pad or sponge. To wash figurines or sculptures, use mild soap and warm water, and gently pat dry with a soft cloth.
Most China made within the past 25 years will stand up to washing in a dishwasher. But you need to take some precautions. Each item should be loaded carefully but securely to prevent chipping. For machine washing, powders are preferable to liquids because they tend to be more gentle. Avoid detergents that contain lemon because they tend to cause spotting. Make sure that the dishwasher racks haven't worn through the rubber coating, exposing metal. The metal could chip the dishes or leave rust stains. Use the china setting if your dishwasher has one. If not, use a normal cycle. Allow China to cool to room temperature before unloading. When storing your China, always use paper towels or plate protectors between the pieces to prevent scratching.
Older China is an heirloom and should be treated very gently and carefully. We, here at Dial-A-Maid Cleaning Service in Evanston, Il know and appreciate the value irreplacebility of your fine China.