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09 Apr 2019

Melamine: Why You Should Choose Melamine Products

Melamine: Why You Should Choose Melamine Products

When it comes to the types of dinnerware materials out there, from earthenware and stoneware to fine china and porcelain, there is always a plethora of choices. And on top of that, you also need to decide on the colors and patterns, sizes and shapes, and more — the possibilities are endless!

Wondering what’s the most durable type of dinnerware? Go for melamine - a stylish yet practical alternative to fine porcelain and ceramic.

Today, melamine is seeing a rise in popularity, and for good reason. Why? Because not only are designer melamine products fire and heat-resistant, easy to clean and virtually unbreakable, but it still serves as an elegant alternative to fine porcelain and ceramic.

Here are the top benefits of choosing melamine dinnerware

1. Durable and virtually unbreakable

Let’s take a step back and ask: what exactly is melamine? Melamine is an organic-based, nitrogen-rich compound used to manufacture cooking utensils, plates, plastic products, and more. Melamine resin makes it very durable and shatter-resistant, making melamine products more desirable than other plastic housewares. Q Squared's restaurant-grade melamine can withstand the rigors of everyday use and is also more resistant to scratch marks and use and abuse over time.

2. Looks and feels like fine porcelain and ceramic

Melamine has grown up over the past few years — in fact, Q Squared has been named “the pioneer of superior quality melamine” by Tableware International, as it was the first company to create heavyweight and high-gloss luxury melamine tableware. Pick up a Q Squared dinner plate and you can actually feel the difference. Q Squared is made with 100% high-grade melamine, making it much stronger and more substantial than your typical melamine plate. Each piece is also hand-polished for a smooth, high-gloss finish, giving it that porcelain look.

3. Best quality food-safe plastic and BPA free

People often wonder if melamine is safe. However, the FDA Safety and Risk Assessment of Melamine states that this kind of plastic is absolutely safe for use. Q Squared in particular sets high standards for safety and is certified BPA-free. Conventional oven and microwave use, however, is avoided due to high oven temperatures and microwaves causing damage to the integrity of the material.

4. Perfect for indoor and outdoor entertaining

Unlike fine porcelain and ceramic, melamine dinnerware and serveware is versatile enough for indoor, everyday dining as well as outdoor entertaining. Use melamine dinnerware at outdoor parties and events, outdoor barbecues, poolside dining, patio entertaining and yes, even outdoor weddings - without worrying about breakage and chipping.

5. Elegant yet affordable

No other type of dinnerware offers sophistication and practicality than melamine dinnerware — and for a reasonable price. Melamine dinnerware is virtually indestructible and chip-resistant, yet it can be used for formal events such as weddings and dinner gatherings. It also makes great wedding gifts and presents for ‘first home’ couples, as well as for parents with young children who enjoy hosting kid-friendly dinner parties — without sacrificing style.

6. Easy to clean and dishwasher safe

Melamine tableware makes cleanup fast and easy. Since it’s nonporous, melamine is stain-resistant and easy to rinse. Melamine dinnerware is also top and bottom rack dishwasher safe, making dining and entertaining effortless.

7. Comes in stylish colors and unique patterns

Melamine dinnerware comes in a range of colors, shapes and patterns. Choose from tropical leaf-shaped melamine platters or hand-drawn floral serveware. Entertain in style with dreamy blue plates and platters, like our Heritage melamine collection or Talavera patterns. Host a large family gathering with our modern Diamond Square melamine whiteware melamine dinner sets. With melamine dinnerware, you can show off your sense of style, however you see fit!

8. Melamine products are ideal for serving both hot and cold food items.

At CLH we have a wide range of designs available. Make sure you check out their care guide so you learn how to look after your items. There are always new ranges available too, so whatever you’re looking for, we are sure to have something suitable. Melamine products are highly durable and scratch resistant making them an ideal choice for busy places, where items are regularly washed, dried and re-used. You will find the edges are more resistant to chipping so your items look neater for longer.

9. Melamine is 100% food safe and meets all relevant food safety regulations.

Each Mirage piece has been tested extensively by world recognised laboratories. You can download our Mirage brochure to see images of all the stunning products. Choosing melamine can be a money-saver as well as giving you peace of mind about your budgets. You will have confidence that melamine products are a solid longer-term investment. When you run a busy kitchen, you will want the most efficient products possible. Melamine is dishwasher safe making it an easier and quicker option for keeping items clean.

10. In any restaurant accidents will happen and this can be costly for a business as broken items frequently need replacing.

Melamine products are practical for all eating environments, inside and outside, as they are 100% shatterproof which makes them ideal when they are being regularly handled by staff and customers. All catering businesses want to wow their guests so you will need your display and serving products to impress. Melamine products are as classic and stylish as porcelain and ceramic products with a high-quality look and feel and a vast range of colours, shapes and textures.

At CLH, we have a wide range of Melamine products available, so whatever you are looking for, for your care home or care facility, we can help. Head over to our website to have a browse of the range that we have on offer.

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