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Is it possible to repair chips in dishes so they can be considered microwave and dishwasher safe? Answered


I have dishes that have chipped edges on their underside from mishandling.  I use them in the microwave and dishwasher.  Should I apply a sealant to (help) prevent chemical contamination?  I cannot afford to replace them.
Thank you for any help/suggestions you can give me.

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Yonatan24

2 years ago

Can you take some pictures?

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verence

2 years ago

What chemical contamination are you talking about?

The microwave adds no chemicals, just energy. The dish washer uses a wee bit of soap/rinse agents/salt etc.in a lot of water. Some very small amount of this stuff stays on the surface of the plates anyway. May it creep into the chipped places, but you said it's on the underside - so far away from the food.

But there might be a problem - not chemical but physical. If the plates are more porous (stoneware) than solid (porcelain), water may get soaked in like into a sponge. That by itself would be no problem. Just if you put this plate into the microwave.

Normally, plates stay relatively cold in the microwave as the waves heat water, not stone.The plates only heat up by the heat from the food on them by thermal conduction. But now, you have water inside the plate itself! This water will heat up directly.

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rickharris

2 years ago

I ca't see ay reason based on what you say to worry about it. Keep the dishes clean though as the bare ceramic is a good breeding ground for bacteria. However you come into contact with millions of bacteria every day so no need to obsess.