Cutlery Care Guide

Stainless steel

Stainless steel is the most popular material choice for cutlery, and whilst it is stain resistant, it is not stain proof so there are a few things to remember when cleaning this type of cutlery to keep it looking its best.

  • Usually dishwasher proof, always rinse your stainless steel cutlery before placing it in the machine as prolonged contact with salt, vinegar, eggs, tomato sauce and certain acids & detergents can cause pitting and staining.
  • Stainless steel knives tend to have a higher carbon content which gives them a sharper edge; however this also makes them more susceptible to corrosion, therefore take extra care with these implements.
  • Never leave stainless steel cutlery to soak or in damp conditions as this can cause staining which will require polishing to remove.
  • To restore the cutlery’s shine and to remove any staining use stainless steel polish and a soft dry cloth.

Silver plating

Wonderfully decadent, silver plated cutlery is one of the most luxurious materials on the market. Whilst it is a versatile and relatively easy-care material, there are certain rules which should always be carried out to ensure your silverware stays as luxurious looking as the day you first bought it.

  • Never let silver plated cutlery come into contact with stainless steel implements as this can cause corroding. Also never mix stainless steel and silver plated cutlery in the same dishwasher cycle.
  • Silver plated cutlery is dishwasher safe, however turn off the drying cycle as soon as the wash is finished and dry each piece by hand to avoid any staining. Please note that hand washing silver plated cutlery is always preferable to using a dishwasher.
  • Remove all food particles as quickly as possible after eating as certain acidic foods can also cause corrosion.
  • Polish silver plated flatware as needed to maintain its lustrous shine using a flannel cloth and specialised silver polish.

Hand washing

When hand washing any cutlery, whether stainless steel or silver plate, always use mild washing up liquid, never powder. Do not use wire wool or abrasive cleaning implements, as this can lead to scratches on the cutlery which no amount of polishing will remove.