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How to Clean and Maintain 18/0 Stainless Steel Cutlery

How to Clean and Maintain 18/0 Stainless Steel Cutlery

Cleaning and maintaining 18/0 stainless steel cutlery is straightforward, but it’s important to follow proper care to keep them looking their best and prevent corrosion. 18/0 stainless steel contains 18% chromium and 0% nickel making them more susceptible to staining and corrosion compared to 18/10 stainless steel cutlery.

Handwashing 18/0 Stainless Steel Cutlery

Thoroughly rinse the cutlery in warm water immediately after use to remove any food residue.

Use mild detergent or stainless-steel cleaner and avoid using harsh abrasives like bleach or cleaners that contain chlorine as these can damage the surface.

Use a soft cloth or sponge to wash the cutlery as abrasive scrubbers like steel wool or brushes with hard bristles can scratch the surface.

For stubborn stains, make a paste with baking soda and water and gently scrub with a soft cloth. Be sure to rinse thoroughly.

After washing, immediately dry the cutlery with a clean, dry towel to prevent spotting and corrosion.

Cleaning 18/0 Stainless Steel Cutlery in Dishwashers

Most 18/0 stainless steel cutlery is dishwasher safe. However, keep in mind dishwashing can cause wear over time due to the absence of nickel content so hand washing is gentler on the pieces.

When placing in dishwashers, separate the cutlery from other metals, especially those prone to rust as galvanic corrosion, where metals react with each other, will occur.

General advice for maintaining 18/0 Stainless Steel Cutlery

Avoid soaking 18/0 stainless steel cutlery in water for extended periods as this will lead to corrosion and staining.

18/0 stainless steel cutlery is not recommended for coastal venues as the high salt content in the air makes them more susceptible to corrosion. These locations are encouraged to ensure the cutlery is cleaned and dried thoroughly promptly after use to eliminate corrosion.

Periodically use a stainless-steel polish to maintain the cutlery’s shine and give it a protective layer from stains and corrosion.

Store the clean and dry cutlery in a well-ventilated area and avoid keeping them in humid environments.

Reward Hospitality stocks appropriate cleaning products for 18/0 Stainless Steel Cutlery

Of course, we have a huge range of cutlery available for you to purchase for your venue. The bonus is our range of cleaning products, polishers, storage solutions and so much more to help you maintain your 18/0 stainless steel cutlery. Shop our range online to ensure the longevity of your cutlery so they continue to not only function but shine as well.

By following these cleaning and maintenance guidelines, you can help prolong the life of your 18/0 stainless steel cutlery to keep it looking its best. Remember to always refer to the manufacturer’s care instructions when available and our team are also available and willing to help.

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