Cutlery care guide

The type of cutlery you buy will depend on the occasion you'll use it for - every day use, a more formal dinner party or a picnic in the park. Our cutlery comes in three types of finish - stainless steel, silver-plated and sterling silver. The way you care for each varies so to help you keep it looking great for longer we've put together this handy guide.

Caring for stainless steel cutlery

Stainless steel cutlery is generally durable and easy to care for, but there are ways to keep it in pristine condition even longer.

Always wash or rinse your cutlery after use. Although stainless steel is robust, prolonged contact with salt, hot fat, tomato sauce, wine, egg, vinegar and citrus fruit juices can cause pitting or staining. Detergents and even some of the mineral salts found in tap water can also cause similar problems.

Kitchen knives need special care. Due to the way they're made, they're more prone to corrosion.

Leaving stainless steel items to soak can eventually cause it to stain, as can keeping it stored somewhere damp.

Caring for silver-plated and sterling silver cutlery

Silver-plated cutlery is hard-wearing and beautiful to look at, but can be tarnished by sulphides present both in the atmosphere and in certain foods.

Keep your cutlery clean by using a good quality cloth and silver polish, making you sure you follow the instructions. However, you should never use silver polish if there's any stainless steel cutlery stored in the same place.

Silver is a softer metal than stainless steel and as a result, your silver cutlery may get scratched more easily. This can actually give it an attractive antiqued look associated with traditional cutlery.

Storing your silver cutlery in an anti-tarnish roll or canteen can ensure your cutlery stays clean and bright, as well as preventing scratches.

Washing your cutlery in the dishwashers

Unless otherwise specified, all our cutlery sets are dishwasher safe. Follow the instructions that came with the dishwasher to ensure the best results. As soon as the washing cycle finishes, you should remove and dry the cutlery by hand to eliminate any residual dampness. Stainless steel and silver cutlery should be washed separately to avoid contact when wet and avoid any chemical reaction that could damage the silver.

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