5 Tips on how to care for your Stainless Steel Flatware
Remember that stainless steel flatware is called stain less and not stain free. It is resistant to staining but needs some minimal care and maintenance to retain the original character and finish..
Always follow the manufacturer's advice and washing instructions. If something goes wrong it is advantageous to know and to be able state you have met the washing and guarantee guidance. Stainless steel flatware is usually dishwasher friendly but recently some high end manufacturers of silverplate flatware such as Alain Saint-Joanis are also offering items that can by cleaned in a dishwasher.
It is best to wash the stainless steel flatware, especially knives, as soon as possible and at least rinse off residual food. It is fairly normal in small families to wait a few days to actually run the dishwasher. This is bad news for your stainless steel flatware and it will become duller much quicker. After washing remove from the dishwasher and dry the items by hand with a clean dry cloth.
When using a dishwasher for stainless steel flatware ensure that other metal items including silver or silverplate flatware are not in the dishwasher at the same time. Place knives head down. Do not use too much washing powder and ensure that the rinsing agent is used in sufficient quantity. Use a lower heat setting especially for hollow handled flatware.
Do not store stainless steel flatware in plastic or other wrappings that may contain moisture. When the flatware is not in use it should be wrapped in acid-free tissue paper or undyed cotton or linen and kept in airtight conditions preferably in a specialist storage box.
Every so often give your stainless steel flatware a treat and wash by hand in warm soapy water and dry with a dry clean cloth. If stains appear moisten a pad with alcohol, shine the blade, and then rinse and wipe.
Remember the better quality of the stainless steel flatware the better the resilience to staining and marking. The better you look after it the better the appearance.
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