How to Care for and Use my MacKenzie-Childs

MacKenzie-Childs Collection

You have made a big purchase for a beautiful product, and you want to make sure you are as careful with it as possible. But you want to use it–how do you clean the food out of it? Is it dishwasher safe? Can I put these pots in the oven? Do not fret, we are here to help!

MacKenzie-Childs Enamelware


  • As with any precious item in your house, be sure to handle your MacKenzie-Childs enamelware carefully. Once the glass surface is chipped, cracked, or broken, you should discontinue its use. The finish on the enamelware allows for the piece to be food safe and once that finish is ruined, the piece is no longer food safe. However, you could see scratching or dulling. This is normal.
  • Most of the enamelware is dishwasher safe, save for those pieces with wood, rattan, or knobs. Though it is recommended you hand-wash and dry all your enamelware to prolong the life of your piece. If you hand-wash your piece, please be sure to use a nonabrasive soap and a sponge or a nylon pad. Do not allow to air dry, be sure to dry immediately.
  • Often with cooking, food can burn onto the surface of your piece. Don’t panic! Just use a nylon pad to scrape it away. To help loosen the burned food, use a solution of baking soda and water.
  • Tea kettles should never be allowed to boil dry. It can damage the finish of your kettle along with possible damage to your stove tops. Additionally, do not leave water in your tea kettles. Rusting could occur after prolonged exposure to water. If this happens, you can remove rust stains and mineral deposits by filling the kettle with water, two tablespoons of baking soda, and the juice of half a lemon. Boil the concoction for five minutes, then hand-wash and dry.
  • All enamelware without wood, rattan, knobs, or other embellishments can go into the oven up to 400°F (204°C). Be sure that your enamelware is not cold before you place it in a pre-heated oven. It could cause cracks along the surface of your piece.
  • Do not place your enamelware in a microwave oven.

MacKenzie-Childs Glassware


  • Always hand wash your MacKenzie-Child’s glassware. Putting the glasses in your dishwasher could ruin the hand-painted elements along the surface. Wash your glassware with mild detergent, a sponge or soft cloth, and with warm (not hot) water. Be sure to keep glassware with luster embellishments from prolonged exposure to acidic foods, like lemons.

MacKenzie-Childs Pottery

Ceramic Pottery

  • Any part of the ceramic that is unglazed can be sanded with fine sandpaper if it’s scuffed or soiled. Afterwards, clean the piece with a damp, soft cloth. Also know that unglazed ceramic soaks in moisture. If you allow the damp ceramic to touch a wood surface, it could cause the wood to warp. Be sure to allow the ceramic to completely dry.
  • MacKenzie-Child’s Taylor and Piccadilly collections can be used in the oven and microwave as long as the dishes start at room temperature. Place the dish in a cool oven, because if you place a cool dish in a hot oven, the glaze can crack over time. Oven temperatures shouldn’t exceed 375°C (190°C).
  • Most ceramic pieces are dishwasher safe, but, like enamelware, hand-washing can prolong the life of your pottery. However, Courtly Check and other patterns that use luster, decals, or special embellishments must be hand washed. You should also not use those collections in the freezer, microwave, or oven.
  • Any knife marks on your pottery can be gently removed with Bon Ami, Soft Scrub, or other mild abrasive cleaners.
  • Do not allow your pottery to be stored on the stove top or under a broiler. Being over or under direct, concentrated heat can damage the surface of your pottery.
  • For your MacKenzie-Childs ceramic garden containers, you should empty and dry them for indoor winter storage. They should be placed in a temperature of at least 40°F (4°C).

MacKenzie-Childs Furniture


  • MacKenzie-Childs furniture should be cleaned carefully in order to protect the life of the finish. You can clean beaded fringe with a cloth dampened by glass cleaner. You can polish the brass feet, buttons, banding, and finials of your piece with metal polish and a soft cloth—or you can allow them to naturally patina. Cloth tassels and fringe can be gently vacuumed and steamed. Any pieces with gold paint can be dusted, or gently washed with a soft cloth and mild soap. Painted wood can be cleaned with a soft cloth and mild soap because of the many layers of varnish on the piece. All your upholstered MacKenzie-Childs fabrics should be professionally cleaned periodically and can be gently vacuumed on a regular basis.

MacKenzie-Childs Lighting


  • Ceramic lights can be cleaned with a soft cloth or sponge and mild soap with water. Take specific care of areas with decals, luster paint, and gold trim. Wooden lights should be cleaned with a soft, damp cloth and no soap. The shades can be gently cleaned with a soft, dry cloth.

MacKenzie-Childs Rugs


  • Sisal Rugs – These rugs are recommended for indoor use only. If you allow for direct exposure to sunlight, your rug’s vibrant colors could fade over time. To maintain your carpet’s vivacity, you can vacuum the carpet with the vacuum’s brushless attachment. If your carpet becomes stained with liquids, you can blot with an unbleached clean, cotton cloth. For any other stains or hard to remove stains, your rugs should be cleaned professionally.
  • Wool Rugs – Do not allow your rug to be exposed to direct sunlight for long periods of time to prevent color fading. You can have even wear on your rugs if you rotate them once a year. If you place furniture on the rugs, put rug protectors on them to keep from flattening piles. Any loose ends should be clipped with scissors and not pulled. Always use an anti-skid pad under your rugs and only professionally clean them.
  • Entrance Mats – Do not place these rugs in direct sunlight or in direct exposure to water to reduce color fading. Shedding is normal for the first month and during this period, you can simply brush or shake the mat to maintain its appearance.

We hope this will help you maintain the beauty of your MacKenzie-Childs products. If you have any questions about the care of your MacKenzie-Childs product, do not hesitate to comment below!

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2 thoughts on “How to Care for and Use my MacKenzie-Childs

  1. Brasso metal polish is terrific and should get your handles shiny again. It is a very inexpensive polish that works very well. Also, buffing with a microfiber cloth will help make the brass shiny again.

    I hope this helps.

    Thank you sincerely,
    Bigg Ltd.

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