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How to Clean Stainless Steel Cutlery effectively

How to Clean Stainless Steel Cutlery effectively

Stainless steel flatware, as the name implies, is a special metal that does not easily decompose, rust or stain. 

However, with use or time, your stainless steel utensils may become dirty and lose their luster, losing their shine and clean appearance. 

To clean your dishes, you can use a dishwasher, or you may have to use manual methods to remove stubborn stains and buildup. 

After that, with just a little effort, you can get your dishes looking great.

 

The Infull cutlery made of stainless steel 18/10.

If you are going to load cutlery in a dishwasher, buy a set made of stainless steel 18/10. 

The Infull cutlery 18/10, made of high quality stainless steel with an admixture of nickel and chrome, looks really impressive. 

In the description of cutlery sets, the term "18/10" means that the chromium-nickel steel was used for the production of utensils. 

“18” means the percentage of chromium and “10” refers to the percentage of nickel. 

Chromium provides the increased corrosion resistance, whereas nickel is responsible for bright and glossy taint of steel.

 

Although when buying stainless steel cutlery, the merchant will have washing instructions, especially when shopping online. 

However, some store or stainless steel cutlery manufacturers will not specifically introduce them.

So before buying knives, forks or spoons, learn about the basic rules of cleaning cutlery – which of them can be used in a dishwasher and which can’t.

 

Which cutlery can be used in a dishwasher?

The most important when choosing cutlery is to buy a high quality cutlery set. 

The more you invest in good cutlery, the longer you will use it. 

The quality guarantees a long product life – forks, knives and spoons will not tarnish and rust quickly. 

There is obviously a possibility of corrosion, however, the proper care of cutlery will significantly reduce the risk.

 

How to care for your cutlery ?

 

Method1:Removing Stubborn Stains and Buildup

1.In a small saucer, dish, bowl, or container, mix baking soda and liquid dish soap until the two form a paste. 

This combination is excellent for breaking up tough dirtiness and difficult stains.

 

2.Apply the cleaning paste to your cutlery. 

You may want to clean your cutlery one at a time to ensure nothing is missed, or you may want to do all of it at once to save time. 

Gently scrub your paste into dirty areas with a nylon scrubber or a soft bristle brush to break up gunk and dirtiness.

 

3.Spot clean remaining stains. 

Even after your thorough cleaning with your baking soda/dish soap paste, some stains might remain on your cutlery. 

If this is the case for you, use a clean nylon scrubber or soft bristle brush to scrub these away with undiluted white vinegar.

 

4. Rinse your cleaned cutlery and dry it. 

After all remaining food, stains, and other dirtiness have been removed, you're nearly done. 

Rinse your cutlery under water and then use a soft, dry dishcloth to wipe away excess moisture, as hand drying will help prevent the formation of spots.

 

Method2:Using a Dishwasher

1.Pre-clean your cutlery. 

Throwing your cutlery straight into the dishwasher can sometimes cause stubborn bits of food or sauce to cake onto it. 

You can prevent this from happening by lightly cleaning silverware before putting it into the dishwasher. 

Using dish soap and hot water:

 

2.Place your cutlery into the dishwasher. 

Choose the setting on your dishwasher that best reflects the condition of your cutlery. 

In most cases, a normal cycle should be sufficient, but especially dirty flatware might require a heavy cycle. 

Turn off the drying cycle, if you are able. 

Then add a suitable detergent to your dishwasher, close its door, then start the washing cycle.

 

3.Run additional cycles as necessary. 

Stainless steel sometimes requires several wash cycles before it is completely clean. 

Older dishwashers and severely dirty cutlery, especially, might require a second run through the dishwasher.

 

4.Hand dry washed cutlery for best results. 

After your dishwasher's cleaning cycle is complete, remove your cutlery from it. 

Even if the cutlery is mostly dry, thoroughly wipe each utensil with a soft, dry cloth or a piece of paper towel. 

Drying by hand reduces spots left on your cutlery.

 

 

5.Remove heat streaks or residual stains. 

Stainless steel cutlery can become streaked due to food stains or overexposure to heat. 

In most cases, these kinds of blemishes can be buffed a way with a soft dishcloth or polishing cloth. 

You can add a polishing agent to improve the end polish.

 

Method3:Bringing out the Shine in Your Cutlery

1.Use a specially formulated polish. 

There are many different kinds of specially designed polishing agents for polishing stainless steel. 

You can often find products like these at your local grocery in the cleaning section, at hardware stores, general retailers, and online retailers.

 

2.Buff your cutlery with lemon oil, alternately. 

Lemon oil will not only bring out the shine in your stainless steel utensils, it will also leave behind the pleasing, refreshing scent of lemon. 

This common polishing agent can be found at most grocery stores and general retailers.

 

3. Polish with the grain of the metal. 

Much like the grain of wood indicates the direction the wood appears to flow in, so too will your stainless steel cutlery have a grain. 

You can generally expect that the grain of stainless steel will either be vertical (up and down) or horizontal (left to right).

 

*pls note: 

If cutlery is really dirty and we are not able to clean it during hand washing, try a professional spray for cleaning stainless steel. 

Don’t buy cleaning liquids with micro-granules. 

They can scratch the surface of cutlery.

Remember that the more scratched cutlery, the harder it is to get rid of dirt on their surface. 


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