Stainless Steel Cutlery Care July 07 2014

Stainless steel is one of the most durable metals around and has exceptional ability to resist stains, rust and corrosion.

However, contrary to popular belief, stainless steel is neither stain nor rust proof and even the finest alloy will suffer if not cared for.

Prolonged exposure to foods that contain chloride, like mustard, table salts, eggs and jam can stain if not rinsed off immediately. Some of the minerals and salts in tap water can cause pitting and staining. Remove foods remnants immediately after use.

When washing by hand always use a good quality detergent and hot water. Rinse in clean hot water. Dry and polish with a soft cloth.

If using a dishwasher, separate your silver and aluminium from your stainless steel prior to washing. This will reduce the chances of pitting. Remove the cutlery from the machine as soon as the cycle is finished and polish with a soft cloth.

If necessary use a good quality non-abrasive metal polish to remove discolourations and hard water stains to revive the finish of the cutlery.

18/8 or 18/10 Stainless Steel refers to 18% Chromium and 8% or 10% Nickel added to the steel. This addition improves the metals ability to resist staining and enhances the metal strength… it also gives the metal a better appearance by adding lustre.