Care & Handling Instructions

Life is about seizing the moment – no matter how large or small it may seem. At Libbey, our aim is to excite and delight the everyday celebrations that matter most, and we thank you for allowing us to be a part of yours.

With the proper care and handling, your recent purchase can be a staple in your celebrations for years to come! Follow the instructions below, categorized by product type, to learn how to best care for and clean your Libbey products. If you have questions about your product and would like to speak with a member of the Libbey Customer Care Team, you may contact us at customercare@libbey.com or call 888-277-4625.

Regardless of the product type purchased, it is always recommended that you wash or clean your item prior to its first use following the care instructions outlined below. This helps to ensure the item is ready for whatever celebration you have in store!

Usage Guide

General Glassware

 

Includes glasses, plates, bowls, etc.

  • Microwave Safe
  • Dishwasher Safe

Handmade Glassware

 

Includes recycled glass, glass pitchers, bubble balls, cake domes, etc.

  • NOT Microwave Safe
  • NOT Dishwasher Safe

Glass & Ceramic Bakeware

 

Includes bakeware dishes and lids

  • Microwave Safe
  • Dishwasher Safe
  • Oven Safe (excludes plastic lids)

Ceramic Dishes

 

Includes ceramic serveware, plates and bowls

  • Microwave Safe
  • Dishwasher Safe
  • NOT Oven Safe

Handmade Ceramic

 

Includes handmade ceramic pieces used for serving and plating

  • Not Microwave Safe
  • Not Dishwasher Safe
  • Not Oven Safe

Wood & Marble

 

Includes trays, lazy susans, salad bowls, etc.

  • NOT Microwave Safe
  • NOT Dishwasher Safe; Do NOT submerge in water
  • NOT Oven Safe

Metal Accessories

 

Includes caddies, shakers, ice buckets, trays, etc.

  • NOT Microwave Safe
  • NOT Dishwasher Safe
  • NOT Oven Safe

Flatware

 

Includes forks, knives and spoons

  • NOT Microwave Safe
  • Dishwasher Safe
  • NOT Oven Safe

DO‘s & DON’Ts

Glass is a wonderful material- it’s clean, pure (BPA-free), and allows you to enjoy your food & drink in the most delicious way possible. To keep your glass looking and functioning great, we have a few tips for you to avoid breakage and shock.

DON’T pick large glass items up by the rim (especially home decor and bubble balls).

DO lift and carry glass items by the sides.

DO handle glassware gently (remove abraded, cracked or chipped glassware from use).

DON’T pick up glasses in bouquets.

DO make sure your glassware is at room temperature before putting cold or hot liquids in it.

DON’T put flatware into glassware.

DO dump ice and let glassware reach room temperature before washing.

DON’T let hot bakeware come in contact with cold water or surfaces.

DO let glass dishes containing leftovers cool before placing into the refrigerator.

DON’T use citric-based detergents and/or dishwashing boosters on decorated glassware.

Care & Usage Tips

THERMAL SHOCK

Transitioning glass from one extreme temperature to the next may cause stress to the glassware item and could risk breakage from thermal shock.

To avoid this, we have a little bit of advice. Try not put hot items in cold glass. If you have just rinsed your glass in cold water or it has been in a cold location, pouring hot tea, coffee or placing other heated items into it can cause it to stress and crack. This works the other way too- just be mindful to only expose your glass to higher or lower temperature when it is already at room temperature.

To prevent the risk of glassware breakage caused by stress, be sure to avoid the following:

  • Placing hot cereal or soup into a cold bowl
  • Pouring cold liquid or ice cubes into a warm glass (i.e. a glass that was just removed from dishwasher)
  • Removing a glass bake dish from the oven and placing on a cold countertop (always use hot pads!)
  • Placing a warm bake dish containing leftovers into the fridge
  • Placing cold or chilled bake dish into the oven or microwave

MECHANICAL SHOCK

Mechanical shock in glassware is the direct result of contact with another object, such as a spoon, another  glass, or a piece of  china. This kind of contact can cause a minute abrasion, invisible to the eye, but a source of weakness in the glass, making it more susceptible to breakage from impact or thermal shock.

Wood & Marble Items

 

To best maintain your wood or marble items, be sure to follow the tips below.

  • Wipe with warm water before using the first time; us a wet cloth to wipe and clean after use
  • Do not submerge in water when cleaning
  • Maintain wood by occasionally rubbing with mineral oil
  • Remove odors by rubbing with table salt and half a lemon, let sit for 2-3 minutes, then wipe clean with damp cloth
  • Remove excess water with clean paper towel; stand board on its end to air dry
  • Store in a dry area away from extreme temperatures

Indoors Out Collection

 

The Indoors Out Collection offers glass-like clarity, while the 100% BPA-free Tritan™ makeup allows for unprecedented durability. To maintain your drinkware or serveware, it’s important to follow the below steps when caring for these virtually unbreakable items.

  • To maintain clarity, avoid using citric-based detergents as they may cause discoloration
  • If serving citrus products, be sure to wash and rinse thoroughly after use to prevent discoloration
  • Avoid contact with sunscreen; always wash hands after applying sunscreen before using your drinkware or serveware
  • Avoid applying aerosol sunscreen while drinkware or serveware is nearby as it may cause discoloration or haze

Glass Pitchers

 

Nearly all of our pitchers are hand blown, so you must wash them by hand. Glass pitchers are not intended for use with hot liquid.

Metal Accessories

 

Metal accessories include items such as drink caddies, shakers, ice buckets and more. To care for these items, it is best to wash by hand.

Hand Wash Only

 

When cleaning a handmade, wooden, marble or metal item, always wash by hand to prevent breakage and deterioration.