Cleaning Stainless Steel Cutlery And Other Utensils

washing cutleryMost manufactures will advise against placing cutlery in the dishwasher for cleaning. This is because it can lead to a dull finish, water spots or mineral deposits. The problem is that most of us don’t really care because it’s so much easier, and less time consuming. Washing by hand will take longer and it will require more effort, but it should be done periodically at least in order to keep your silverware looking its best, and ensure it lasts a long time. When manually cleaning, you can be sure the job is thorough, and you can also prevent damage, avoid over-washing or guarantee dryness. A regular routine will keep things sparkling, but extra scrubbing or polishing may be necessary from time to time as well. Follow the steps below to maintain properly, and then keep reading to learn about a product that can save you time, while also providing a hand-cleaned result.

What Is It

In order to make stainless steel cutlery, companies take an iron alloy that has at least ten percent chromium. This results in a strong and durable metal that resists bending and warping. It is known for it’s stain resistance, but it does have the ability to dull over time or show fingerprints and smudges. Most of us have this kind of forks, spoon and knives in the drawer, but many other larger knives and utensils are also made from the same material. There is a range in quality and mixtures available, but caring for any will be pretty much the same.

Care And Maintenance

Hand  Washing

  1. Before using for the first time, and after each subsequent use, be sure to clean thoroughly by hand.
  2. Use hot soapy water, and scrub thoroughly with a sponge, scrubby or dish cloth.
  3. Once clean, rinse under hot water to remove all of the soap. If left on, the residue can cause dulling over time.
  4. Once the soap has been rinsed, use a soft, absorbent towel to dry. If left to air dry, water spots can dry in place, so it won’t look a shiny, or be as clean.
  5. When washing after regular use, use a safe and effective detergent or soap, and hot water. Make sure to get all sides, and in between cracks and crevices.

Polish or Remove Streaks And Stains

Over time, cutlery can become stained or streaky due to constant contact with food, or prolonged exposure to heat. Even with regular cleaning, it will dull over time without polishing. Follow the steps below to attempt removal of stains, or shining of the finish with stuff you already have around your kitchen.

Vinegar

  • The acids and cleaning properties of white distilled vinegar can clean and polish stainless steel cutlery.
  • To brighten up dull areas, apply some to a cleaning cloth and rub away dirt and tarnish.
  • Reapply more vinegar, and repeat to really make it shine.
  • Rinse under hot water and dry with towel to finish.

Olive Oil

  • Use a cloth with olive oil added to rub out visible streaking.
  • Ensure the fork is clean, then add a small amount of oil to your cleaning cloth.
  • Rub and wipe to remove streaks or make them less visible.
  • Wash, rinse and dry to finish.

Lemon Juice

  • A simple application of lemon juice can take out heat stains and streaking.
  • Get a cleaning cloth, and dampen with the juice.
  • Wipe and rub  until stain has been removed.
  • Repeat as needed.
  • Once finished, rinse clean and dry thoroughly.

Club Soda

  • Cleaning with club soda can take out stubborn stains.
  • Rinse or let soak, and then wipe with a cleaning cloth.
  • Repeat as needed to completely remove stain.
  • Rinse and dry to finish.

Additional Tips

  • Stubborn but possible. – Some stains will take a lot of work to remove. A single cleaning may only cause the color to fade, but with repeated effort, you should be able to completely remove most of them.
  • Sooner is better than later. – When left to dry in the sink, food can become stuck like glue to spoons and forks. Washing right away will make the job easier, but also prevent staining that only occurs over time. Also high salt content, or acidic foods like pasta sauce can pit and damage silverware if left on too long.
  • Dishwasher? – When using a dishwasher, it will certainly save time and effort, but be sure to dry by hand to avoid spotting. Stubborn stains and caked on food may not remove all the way when using a machine, so follow up cleaning may be necessary.

cutlery_cleaner-2The Easy Way To Clean

Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a product that would allow you to achieve hand wash style results, but with the same speed and lack of effort that a dishwasher provides? Of course it would, and you’re in luck because there is such an item. Our Cutlery Cleaner does all of the tough work for you, but it remains gentle and effective for any cutlery or utensil you have. It’s an unobtrusive plastic box that attaches to the side of your sink with a suction cup. Inside of it, there is a mass of nylon bristles on all sides that overlap to cover the interior. It is poen at the top and bottom to allow for a plunging action of one or more pieces of silverware, large knives or cooking utensils. Simply add some soap and in a matter of seconds, you will be able to completely clean anything you use it on. Stubborn food will wash away with ease, crusty stuff will scrub right off, and food that stain will be completely removed to prevent colors from sticking.

How To Use It

  1. Use attached to the sink, or by holding it to reduce time and effort while improving results.
  2. To adhere to sink, ensure that the area and suction cup are clean and dry. Press firmly to create a lasting bond.
  3. To clean, prep the tool by adding dish soap across the top of the bristles.
  4. Grab one or more pieces of cutlery, rinse to add moisture, and then press down through the bristles.
  5. A quick up and down action will thoroughly scrub large knives, serving spoons, or silverware used to eat with.
  6. Once clean rinse under warm water to remove residual soap.
  7. Towel dry for a guaranteed spot-free finish, or place in a  rack to air dry and make things easy.

Everybody has to eat, and the things we use to consume or create our food will inevitably get dirty. It is important to some of us to do a good job, but a large group of those same people don’t have the time required to do it. This little gadget can save you time and effort, while still allowing you wash cutlery by hand. You get the same protection, accuracy and results, but without all of the wasted time, prolonged effort, and additional tools. With is in your sink, you only need a couple seconds to make most metal utensils sparkle.

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