Care instructions for cutlery & kitchen knives
What to do if rust spots appear on cutlery? How to polish cutlery in the right way? What to do if cutlery gets water stains from the dishwasher?
We have summarized all for you.
All our cutlery made of stainless steel (18-10 and 18/0) and silver is dishwasher safe. This makes them easy to clean.
So that you can enjoy your cutlery for a long time, we would like to give you a few more care instructions:
- After use, rinse your cutlery briefly under running water. In this way you can avoid food leftovers sticking to your cutlery.
- Always place the cutlery in the cutlery basket with the handle facing down.
- Dose the detergent for your dishwasher as indicated by the manufacturer.
- Open the dishwasher when the program is finished.
- Dry the cutlery with a dishtowel to avoid water stains.
- Cleaning by hand is always more gentle than in the dishwasher.
- Avoid washing your cutlery together with non-stainless items. The rust of these articles could transfer to the cutlery (rust film).
PVD cutlery care
To ensure that the PVD coating retains its beautiful and even gloss for a long time, we recommend hand washing.
Sometimes water spots appear during the rinsing process in the dishwasher. It can even happen that rust from other kitchen utensils or pots and pans will stick to your cutlery.
Of course this does not look very nice.
With one two simple steps you can make your cutlery shine again:
Hold the cutlery under warm water and then wipe with a soft towel.
Get a conventional steel polish. Put some of the polish on a soft towel and rub the rust stain with little pressure until it disappears.
Rinse the polish off with running water.
Cleaning and polishing silverware
Silver reacts with the sulfur contained in the air. It is therefore completely normal that silver jewelry and also the silverware in the drawer or cutlery case turns black over time. You can prevent or delay this process by using your silver cutlery regularly. It can also help to wrap the cutlery in a cotton cloth.
You can remove the so-called patina with simple household knits:
The water-salt-aluminum foil trick
- Cover a flat bowl, baking tray or pot with aluminum foil
- Then fill in hot water.
- Add generous amounts of salt (4-5 tablespoons) to the water and wait until it has dissolved.
- Put your silver cutlery into the salt water for about 30 minutes.
- Then dry your cutlery with a towel.
The black layer should now have been removed as much as possible. If you are not yet satisfied with the result, you can repeat the process.
The toothpaste trick
- Put some toothpaste on a towel or cotton pad.
Gently rub over your silver-plated cutlery.
Attention: The silver surface is softer than e.g. stainless steel. Therefore micro scratches can occur during polishing.
Silver bath / Silver cloth
Of course, the market also offers numerous care products especially for silver. These are e.g. special dipping baths, polishing pastes or cloths with which the patina can be easily removed.
Knife care -general care instructions
- Clean your new knife before the first use.
- Food acids can sometimes be very aggressive.
- Always clean your knife at least briefly under running water after each use.
- Your knives stay sharp longer if you clean them by hand. Use warm water, a gentle detergent and a soft sponge or towel.
- Choosing the right cutting surface is also part of knife care: boards of wood or plastic do not damage the blade unnecessarily. Glass or slate, for example, are not recommended.
- Does your knife have a wooden handle? Then make sure that it does not dry out by oiling it from time to time. Sunflower oil, linseed oil or beeswax are best suited for this. Put a small drop of oil on a kitchen towel and gently massage it into the handle. You will see that the wood gets a full color and a healthy shine again.