Care & Use

All Nambé pieces are everyday art that’s designed to be used. To also keep them beautiful for many years, follow these guidelines for their care.

  • Nambé alloy

    As with all Nambé metal pieces, function stands beside beauty in purpose in our signature alloy blend. The proprietary eight-metal aluminum-based alloy has the luster of silver and the solidity of iron. It can be preheated to 500 degrees or chilled in the freezer. This, coupled with its superior temperature retention properties, makes Nambé alloy markedly useful for cooking and serving.

    Nambé alloy does not contain silver or lead and therefore does not tarnish; it won't chip, crack, or break. Avoid using your Nambé alloy with acidic foods, and never place it in the microwave or dishwasher. Hand wash your Nambé with mild detergent and water, then dry immediately with a soft clean cloth. An occasional application of Nambé Polish restores any gleam lost to time and use.

    Unique Characteristics:

    • Nambé alloy retains temperature for extended periods of time, so prior to use, you can chill or warm your Nambé alloy pieces to hold food at a desired temperature
    • This thermal retention property makes Nambé alloy perfect for cooking in the oven, under the broiler, or on the gas or electric stovetop
    • Each Nambé piece goes through a series of shaping, grinding, buffing, and polishing steps; slight imperfections found on Nambé's brilliant finish are characteristic of the sand casting process
    • Since Nambé is handcrafted, no two pieces are exactly alike
    • Frequent use will result in a natural patina; many Nambé aficionados appreciate and encourage this patina, however luster can be restored by applying a small amount of Nambé Polish with a soft cloth

    Care:

    • A light coating of vegetable oil applied to preheated or chilled Nambé alloy for each use will provide a protective barrier for highly acidic foods like salsa and help protect the finish
    • Use wooden or soft rubber utensils to avoid scratches
    • Remove dust and fingerprints with a soft, damp cloth
    • Use care when placing heavier Nambé pieces on glass surfaces
    • Never put Nambé alloy pieces in the microwave
    • Do not put Nambé alloy in the dishwasher or leave in standing water for long periods of time
    • Do not leave food in your Nambé alloy for longer than three hours; food left for long periods will result in discoloration
    • Citrus fruits, peeled or unpeeled, can cause discoloration; highly acidic or salty foods, such as dairy, mayonnaise, tomatoes, other fruits and vinegars, can cause discoloration and/or pitting
    • For Candleholders: To remove wax from candleholders, place them in the freezer until chilled and remove wax; wash with a soft cloth in hot soap and water to remove any wax that remains and dry with a soft cloth
    • For Peppermills: To clean your mill, wipe its body with a soft, damp cloth; do not immerse it in water; and always allow your mill to dry completely after cleaning and before filling

    Maintaining Your Nambé Alloy

    To remove scratches from your Nambé alloy: The metal surface should be dry and wiped free of dust or surface dirt prior to application. Apply Nambé Polish sparingly with a soft dry cloth. Rub gently in a back and forth motion until black residue appears, usually after 10 to 15 seconds. Buff lightly with a soft polishing cloth to remove residue.

    After polishing, thoroughly wash the item with warm soap and water and dry with a soft, dry cloth. Do not serve food on a polished item unless it has been washed and the polish has been completely removed.

    If you are unable to restore your Nambé alloy piece with Nambé Polish, don't despair. We offer a repolish service through which the skilled craftsmen will return your item to like-new condition. Read more about our Repolishing Service.

  • Nambé Crystal

    In 1998, Nambé introduced a collection of full-lead crystal. Each piece is mouth blown and hand cut in the traditional way by the finest glassblowers. It is safe to use with food and beverages, but should never be subjected to sudden temperature changes.

    Crystal requires delicate handling. After use, hand wash items in warm water with a mild detergent and a soft cloth or sponge. Dry immediately with a soft cloth to prevent spotting.

    Care:

    • Window-cleaning liquid or rubbing alcohol may be used to clean Nambé crystal
    • Do not subject to hot water or to abrasive detergents
    • Protect crystal from sudden changes in temperature, which may cause pieces to break
    • Displaying in sunny windows for extended periods is not recommended
    • If a chip is discovered, take your piece to a local crystal shop or crystal engraver for sanding
    • For vases: Avoid mineral stains by using distilled water for flower arrangements and change water frequently; remove stains and mineral deposits with a bottle brush using a mixture of one half vinegar and one half water
    • For decanters and vases: To remove stains, remove residue using a handful of uncooked rice in a solution of lemon juice or vinegar and warm water; for tougher stains, allow pieces to soak in warm water with a denture cleaning tablet
    • For candleholders: Candles must not burn within 1 inch of the crystal, as this may result in damage to the candleholder
    • For champagne flutes: It is best to empty champagne from your flutes and wash and dry them soon after serving; leaving your champagne flutes unwashed overnight will result in discoloration

    Lead levels in the crystal glasses sold by Nambé comply with FDA standards.

  • Bone China

    Most bone china dinnerware is microwave safe and dishwasher safe. Exceptions are decorative patterns, which should be washed by hand, and patterns decorated with gold, silver, or platinum, which cannot be used in the microwave.

    Rinse each piece prior to loading it into the dishwasher and avoid overcrowding. Load pieces securely on racks and position them so that they do not come into contact with other items during the cycle. Bone china pieces may also be washed by hand using a mild detergent and soft sponge.

    Use:

    • Do not subject bone china items to severe temperature changes; items should be at room temperature before putting hot foods in them
    • Do not use bone china in a conventional oven, under the broiler, or on a burner
    • To prevent scratches, make sure pieces do not come into contact with other pieces; paper may be placed between stacks of dinnerware to prevent contact
    • To remove marks caused by metal utensils or stains, rub gently using a non-abrasive cleanser and soft sponge
  • Stainless Steel Flatware

    Nambé's stainless steel flatware is dishwasher safe. Rinse each piece prior to loading it into the dishwasher and avoid overcrowding. These items may also be washed by hand using a mild detergent and soft sponge. Dry each piece promptly.

    Care:

    • Wash your flatware as soon as possible after each use
    • Do not leave flatware in standing water for extended periods of time
    • Avoid acidic detergents, such as lemon or other citrus dishwashing soaps, as long-term use of these products can dull your flatware's finish
    • Keep your flatware away from open flame or sources of extreme heat
    • Remove discoloration using a paste of baking soda and water
    • Nambé Polish or a stainless steel polish may also be used to polish Nambé flatware
    • Use care when using flatware and serving utensils together with Nambé Alloy serving pieces; they can scratch the surfaces
    • Do not store your flatware in plastic bags or other wrappings that trap moisture; for safe storage, remove from original packaging and wrap pieces individually in a soft cloth
  • Stoneware

    Nambé stoneware is oven safe to 375 degrees, freezer safe, microwave safe, and dishwasher safe, and can go straight from the freezer to the oven to the table.

    Rinse each piece prior to loading it into the dishwasher and avoid overcrowding. Load pieces securely on racks and position so that they do not come into contact with other items during the cycle. Stoneware pieces may also be washed by hand using a mild detergent and soft sponge.

    Use:

    • Do not subject stoneware items to severe temperature changes; items should be at room temperature before putting hot foods in them
    • When using in the oven, evenly distribute the food or a small amount of liquid on the bottom of the piece
    • Always place stoneware pieces in a cold (not preheated) oven
    • The oven temperature should not exceed 375 degrees
    • Do not use stoneware under the broiler or on a burner
    • Do not place stoneware on a damp surface or immerse in water when it is hot
    • Use insulated pot holders when handling stoneware that has been heated in the oven or microwave
    • To remove marks caused by metal utensils or stains, rub gently using a non-abrasive cleanser and soft sponge
  • Wood

    Nambé items made with wood may be washed by hand using a mild detergent and a soft cloth. Dry these products immediately with a soft cloth.

    Care:

    • Do not place items made with wood in the dishwasher
    • Do not leave wood in standing water for extended periods of time
    • Nourish wood surfaces with mineral oil applied with a #0000-grade, super-fine steel wool or a soft cloth; let stand for one hour, wash away excess with a mild detergent and soft cloth, then dry immediately with a soft cloth
  • Copper

    Nambé items made in Copper may be washed by hand using a mild detergent and a soft cloth. Dry these products immediately with a soft cloth.

    Care:

    • Do not place items made of copper in the dishwasher
    • Do not place copper items in oven or on stovetop
    • Do not leave copper in standing water for extended periods of time
    • Do not polish copper with any metal polish, this will remove protective coating
    • Repolish service is not available on copper items
  • Enamel

    Nambé items with enamel color may be washed by hand using a mild detergent and a soft cloth. Dry these products immediately with a soft cloth.

    Care:

    • Do not place items made with enamel in the dishwasher
    • Do not leave in standing water for extended periods of time
    • Only polish the exposed alloy portion of enamel pieces
    • Repolish service is not available on enamel items
  • Bronze (Heritage)

    Nambé items made with a bronze finish may be washed by hand using a mild detergent and a soft cloth. Dry these products immediately with a soft cloth.

    Care:

    • Bronze finish over traditional Nambé alloy
    • Each piece is unique in its handcrafted finish and some variation in color will exist
    • Entire surface is covered with a food safe lacquer
    • Same cold retention properties as traditional Nambé alloy
    • Wash with mild soap and water only-non-abrasive cloth
    • Not dishwasher safe
    • Not oven or stove top safe
    • Not microwave safe
    • Refrigerator safe
    • Coating will scratch if a knife or sharp object is used on surface
    • If the coating is compromised a natural patina will develop over time in the exposed area
    • Do not use any metal polish