Melamine is a plastic that has been used in the construction of durable, shatter-proof dishes since the 1950s. Melamine dish sets aren't as popular as they once were, due to ever-changing fashions, but you can still find melamine plates available for sale today. While melamine can be combined with formaldehyde to make a strong, fire-resistant plastic, melamine plates can be damaged, so it's important to care for them properly.
Care of Melamine Plates
Melamine plates are generally scratch-resistant and resistant to breakage, but it's still important to care for them properly. You should wash them by hand, taking care to use soft, non-abrasive sponges and non-chlorine based soaps or detergents. Melamine plates are dishwasher safe, but the high temperatures of a dishwasher combined with dishwasher detergent can fade colors faster.
Melamine plates are some of the strongest plates out there, but they're not shatterproof. Avoid banging them together.
Avoid using sharp utensils on melamine plates, or else you risk scratching the surface and marring the design.
Melamine plates should not be used in microwave ovens or convection ovens, because high temperatures can cause them to crack, warp and even melt.
Discard any plates that appear to be cracked, warped or melted. Melamine is a compound that, when ingested, can cause kidney stones, kidney failure and death in humans and animals.