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4 Stages & Tips To Keep Flatware Flawless

Krystle Kettman
Krystle Kettman | February 12, 2015
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Your fine silver plate and stainless flatware and hollowware will give you extra-long service and will always look great when properly cared for during the four stages of use and care. Following are some tips for each of the stages and cleaning equipment to help with the process.

HANDLING

Use perforated cylinders in a portable rack to transport, wash and dispense flatware.

Sort the tableware tines, bowls and blades down when flatware is transported and washed in the same cylinder. This prevents contamination when the items are removed for setting tables. Sort up when using a system where the flatware is transferred from a cleaning cylinder to a storage cylinder by inversion.

Separate tableware, holloware and china in bus trays.

WASHING

Remove all remnants of food from metalware immediately after use. 

Avoid using steel wool or metal scrapers.

Always separate tableware and holloware for pre-soaking and use a plastic or stainless steel pan, never aluminum.

Pre-soak and wash metalware immediately after its removal from the table. Do not leave metalware in the pre-soak solution for more than 20 minutes before it is washed. Change the pre-soak solution after two or three cycles of use. Chemicals accumulate in the pre-soak and may cause harm.

Do not use a pre-soak solution containing acidic silver de-tarnishing agents, including chlorides, bromides or iodides, as these products cause severe corrosion.

Always wash metalware in hot water and make sure to use a cleaning agent free of abrasive or corrosive qualities that may damage your metalware.

Load washing machine with the openings of hollow pieces facing down.

Avoid low-temperature dishwashing. It is not suited for metalware.

RINSING

Always rinse clean metalware in water that’s at least 180º.

Consider adding a wetting agent to the rinse to prevent minerals in the waterfrom staining your metalware.

Utilize a softener if you have very hard water. A high chloride content in the water can be damaging.

STORING

Always make sure your metalware is clean and dry before storing to avoid corrosion and oxidation marks. 

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