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Care and Handling of Stainless Steel Flatware

Care and Handling of Stainless Steel Flatware

Thanks to the durability of stainless steel, it's not particularly difficult to care for your flatware. There are just a few simple things you'll need to know:

  1. When placing your stainless steel flatware in the dishwasher, make sure to place the blades of the knives facing downward to avoid scratching the other utensils.
  2. Do not use a lemon scented dishwashing detergent as it has harmful chemicals that can strip the metal.
  3. Avoid extended contact with foods such as coffee, tea, salad dressing, vinegar and salt as these can have a negative interaction with the steel and cause spotting or rust upon exposure to extreme heat (i.e. in your dishwasher). Most often, you will see this problem occur with knives due to their higher carbon content than the rest of the flatware.
  4. Although stainless steel “stains less,” it still stains. Avoid soaking your flatware in the sink overnight as extended exposure to water will cause rust.
  5. If your flatware does develop rust or unsightly spots,do not panic! The spots are removable. To clean, simply rub the flatware with a soft cloth and a bit of multi purpose metal cleaner.


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