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Cutlery Cleaning & Care Guide

1 Mar 2021, 4:04 PM

cutlery cleaning and care guide

Before purchasing spoons, forks or knives, gain an understanding of the fundamentals of cleaning and caring for cutlery – which of them can be operated in a dishwasher and which cannot. The most important rule when picking out cutlery is to purchase a high-quality set. The more you invest in better cutlery, the longer you will make use of it. The quality gives assurance of long product life – spoons, knives and forks will not stain and rust speedily. There is naturally a likelihood of corrosion, however, the appropriate care of cutlery will considerably lower the risk. In this article, we will cover various methods of cleaning and caring for different types of restaurant cutlery including; silver cutlery, silver-plated cutlery and stainless-steel cutlery.

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how to clean silver cutlery

Luxurious and lavish, silver cutlery is excellent for lustrous dinner parties. However, to keep your cutlery in stellar condition, please ensure to hold fast to the following:

Clean promptly after use to prevent harmful chemicals or acids triggering damage.

Clean separately from other types of catering cutlery, particularly stainless steel, to circumvent corrosion.

Dishwashers may save us time but in regard to silver, they are not your ally – always wash your silver by hand and dry straight away to fend off water stains.

Steer clear of silver dips, silver polishes or abrasives that are not guaranteed and endorsed by the manufacturer.

Take heed when polishing; excessive rubbing down can wear down the veneer.

Always make use of a soft non-abrasive fabric to dry off the silver cutlery, dislodging any light tarnish with specialist silver metal polishing material or anti-tarnish strips.

To preserve your cutlery and keep it spotless for longer, store your silver in cotton wraps or bags.

Remember silver is a pliable metal that gets scratched easily. Given suitable care, silver cutlery will gain a beautiful sheen over time.

how to care for stainless-steel cutlery

Stainless steel cutlery is durable, tough and lasts for years. Robert Welch cutlery is universally recognized as one of the superior collections in the world producing cutlery sets manufactured from the best 18/10 stainless steel. Stainless steel is the more favoured material choice for cutlery. Read our related Buying Guide to Restaurant Cutlery to learn more about the different types of stainless steel cutlery. As much as staining is improbable, despite the composition, this material is not completely resistant to stains. To maintain your cutlery with its best sheen, there are a few things to be mindful of:

Regularly rinse your cutlery before setting it in the dishwasher; extended contact with particular consumables, e.g. vinegar, salt, tomato, eggs and certain acids, can give rise to pitting and staining.

Do not leave stainless steel implements to soak or in a moist environment as this can trigger staining which will call for polishing to remove.

A higher chrome content furnishes stainless steel knife blades the essential sharper edge; however, this also renders them more in the risk of corrosion. Please take additional care with these implements.

To reinstate the cutlery’s sheen and to get rid of stains utilise stainless steel polish and a dry non-abrasive cloth.

How to clean silver plated cutlery

Silver-plated cutlery is a multi-purpose and relatively easy-care material, there are particular rules which must always be executed to guarantee your silverware remains as lavish-looking as the day you first purchased it:

Don’t let silver-plated cutlery make contact with stainless steel cutlery as this can trigger corroding.

Silver-plated flatware is dishwasher safe, however, switch off the drying cycle promptly after the wash is done and dry each piece by hand to prevent any staining.

Rinse all food particles immediately after eating as particular acidic foods can also bring about corrosion.

Polish silver-plated cutlery as needed to preserve its lustrous shine using a lint-free cloth and specialised silver polish.

how to store your cutlery

Straight after cleaning your cutlery, dry it with a soft non-abrasive cloth. Never leave to dry naturally since water and detergent can leave marks and stains on your implements. Wash and store silver cutlery and stainless steel separately. Store similar pieces together and load them neatly so that they do not collide together. Remember to always keep the cutlery storage dry and fresh.


To ensure your casual and formal cutlery stays tarnish-free, determine the material and stick to the relevant care instructions. Cutlery must not be left to soak at any time. Usually, hand washing of silver cutlery is favoured and preferably should be done with a gentle detergent. Additionally, drying cutlery with a soft cloth prevents the implements from corrosion.

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