Stainless steel is dishwasher safe & easy to maintain. Caring for your stainless-steel flatware properly can help preserve its luster & longevity for many years to come. It is important to always follow the below suggestions for use and maintenance. It’s also important to know stainless steel is stain resistant but not stain proof, and if subjected to unfavorable conditions can corrode and stain. Follow these tips below in caring for your flatware.
- Wash thoroughly before first use.
- Do not allow food remnants to sit on your flatware for a long period of time. Remove all food soil from your flatware immediately after use. Some foods are very harsh to the stainless steel and can cause pitting, corrosion, discoloration and etching. These foods include but are not limited to: Vinegar, Salt, Mustard & Mayonnaise
- Avoid soaking your flatware before washing. Soaking flatware is not recommended. However, if stubborn food is difficult to remove,let set in warm water with a mild detergent for no more than 10 minutes. Do not soak for long periods of time or overnight, as minerals & salts commonly found in tap water can lead to corrosion,unwanted staining or film buildup. Avoid soaking in or with aluminum or copper materials. Use a chloride & chlorine-free solution for all steps of cleaning
Washing your flatware
If using a dishwasher, load forks and spoons handle down. Place knives in a separate basket with the blade down to prevent scratching and contact with other metals. This is especially important if the flatware is plated or contains a coating. It is important that you follow the manufacturer's instructions regarding the amount of detergent to be used. When hand washing, use hot water and mild detergent. Do not use metal scrub brushes or scrapers or steel wool, this can lead to scratching and can increase the risk of corrosion.Rinse thoroughly, dry and store. Whether washing by hand or with a dishwasher always avoid washing with or in aluminum or copper kitchen items.
Drying & storing your flatware
In a dishwasher it’s best to use a rinse aid. Rinse aids help remove water from flatware & can reduce drying time. If hand washing, avoid air drying, use soft cloth to dry and store in a dry place until further use.
Periodically, you may want to use a stainless polish to remove any film buildup or staining from your stainless flatware. Once polished it’s always important to rinse thoroughly. Stainless steel polish is onlymade to be used on stainless steel & not designed for use on flatware that is plated or coated.
Knife blades are particularly sensitive to acidic foods, being soaked in water and air-drying. Therefore, it is very important that you wash your knives promptly after each use, and dry immediately. Do not store in plastic or other wrappings that may
trap moisture. Keep knives and other hollow handle flatware away from any open flames or other sources of extreme heat.
You should not try to sharpen knives that have serrated edges which could result in damage to the blade.
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