One of the most used yet less-cared for items in the kitchen is the cutlery. While this is common in most households, this should not be the case with restaurants, food catering services, or any other business in the hospitality or food and beverage industry. If you’re a part of this industry, you probably know how important it is to polish stainless steel cutlery and make a great impression for your business partners and customers.
With this in mind, here are some tips to keep in mind to help you maintain the shine of your expensive cutlery.
Pitting: you may be surprised to know that one of the greatest enemies of stainless steel is water, especially if it contains high levels of minerals, which can cause rust or pitting. Make sure your cutlery is not soaked in water for long enough to cause pitting. Also, do not utilize the rinse and hold cycle in a dishwasher. Instead, wash your utensils properly using the right cleaner, rinsing them off well, and then using a machine like CPI’s Silvershine to polish your stainless steel cutlery as soon as possible.
Regular Dishwashing: if you are using a dishwasher, always separate the knives from the forks and spoons. In most cases, dishwashing cutlery can cause scratching and tarnishing. This is most likely caused by the mechanical action of the dishwasher plus bits of salt, calcium, and foodstuff. A faulty dishwasher may stain even the highest quality stainless steel. This can be prevented by washing the knives in warm soapy water. In case dishwashing is needed, prevent condensation on the cutlery by opening the door right after the cycle.
Handwashing: again, do not leave cutlery soaking in water for long periods of time or overnight. The chemicals present in detergents, bleaches, and even mineral salts in tap water can lead to rust and staining. Rinse your cutlery immediately after washing and don’t forget to polish stainless steel cutlery with a reliable and consistent machine.