Proper Care for Mugs
We hope everyone has had a great Christmas, a Happy New Year, and is getting ready for the Valentine’s Day Magic on February 14th.Over the last couple weeks, we’ve had a number of calls and emails asking about the best way to care for mugs, so we decided we’ll build a site page for care, but in the meantime, we figured let’s start with a blog post.
When we source our mugs, we work with a very select number of suppliers.Durability with our products are very important to us, as well as making sure that mugs arrive in perfect condition.Several of our mugs are shipped in single box polystyrene containers, while others are shipped in special cardboard boxes that have inserts positioned in a way that they will not touch the outside of the box.
So it is our #1 responsibility to provide high quality mugs, but care for your mugs is utmost important as well.
While most of mugs are dishwasher safe (the few that aren’t we let you know in the product description), hand washing is always recommended over the dishwasher.The normal dishwasher temperatures should range between 110 and 170° F (45 and 75° C). In some households, people set their hot water heaters to the maximum heat setting, which means scalding and in some dishwasher models, the washer can pass the scalding water through or will heat the water to exceed 180° F (80° C).
While this will happen in extreme rare cases with our mugs, this can happen to all the other items you put in your dishwasher.Annually testing the water temperature in your dishwasher is recommended.The excessive heat can also wear out your dishwasher much faster, and between you and me, I’d rather buy a new mug than a new dishwasher.
While you can use a dishwasher for our mugs, it’s recommended that you hand wash our mugs with warm to hot water (hot enough to kill bacteria) and a mild dish detergent.We also recommend that you use a separate cleaning sponge or tool for just your mugs.
We also know that some of you do not like to wash your mugs at work and don’t blame you.Just think about all those people who not only use the sponge on mugs, but everything they bring to work.Sponges in some places can warrant germs.We again recommend, you have our own sponge or cleaning brush at work so you don’t catch Sally’s germs from that stinky salmon.
Proper Storage for your mug.
So a ton of us, myself included, tend to keep our coffee mugs at our desks, whereas at home, they are kept in a dark cabinet.The dark cabinet is actually the best for some of the color-evasive mugs.The mugs that have a solid color on the outside can fade if left in direct sunlight.LED or Fluorescent lighting in the office won’t affect it, but sunlight has the harsh UV rays that can damage certain shades or tops.
Do you own any of those color changing mugs, kind of like our Circle Game Mug?The UV can cause the initial black to fade to red over time.This is not just limited to our mugs, but mugs I have bought elsewhere have had this same affect.It’s how the UV affects the materials that change when heated.We recommend that you store these mugs in a dark cabinet or desk drawer.
Listen, we have all done it.You have your favorite mug and you accidentally drop it.Then, you don’t think anything of it because the crack is so minuscule.However, as much as this mug is like your best friend, you need to let go.Cracks in a mug creates a breeding ground for mold or fungus.While you could wash them with bleach or something else, tiny cracks will keep the green stuff coming back.Perhaps, it isn’t a health issue to you, but think about anyone else who happens to “borrow your mug”, or the next time you visit your favorite diner, perhaps a to-go cup may be best.
Proper care for your coffee mugs is essential.We hoped this blog was helpful. As always, if you ever have any questions for care of mugs, don’t hesitate to contact us.