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How to look after your 18/10 flatware

26 September, 2018
Tips on removing rust from your cutlery
Why does 18/10 stainless flatware show signs of  staining and rusting?
When it comes to the stainless steel composition used in flatware, 18/10 is the very best that you can get. The 18/10 composition contains 18 percent chromium and 10 percent nickel. The more nickel material, the more resistant stainless is to corrosion.
However, though the higher concentration of nickel (10 percent) makes it highly resistant to pitting, staining and rusting, it does not necessarily guarantee it. It really depends on how you care for your flatware.
Knives, in particular, are more prone to rust. That's because flatware knives contain a certain amount of carbon steel in the blade, which is essential to make the knife blades harder and more durable. This makes knives more prone to rust and stains than the rest of the flatware setting. 
What causes rust spots on silverware in dishwasher?
Dishwashers can sometimes cause rust spots on stainless steel surfaces because of a combination of the levels and types of salt, rinse-aid and dishwasher tablets used.
High a level of salt in the machine, particularly when using multi-function tablets that can contain salt themselves as well as what you put separately into the water softener seems to be the biggest factor. Reducing the rate at which your machine uses salt, while still cleaning effectively, is a good thing to do anyway and the manual for your machine will tell you how to adjust the flow rate.
How to Prevent Rusted Stainless Steel Flatware 
Maintenance is always easier than fixing problems.  
A good cutlery can please you for a long time. For this reason it deserves a little attention and care so that dried up leftovers, humidity and wrong handling causes durable damage.
All WMF cutlery models in the original WMF alloy Cromargan® are dishwasher safe. For keeping your cutlery as beautiful as on the first day, please see the following care hints:
  • After use please clean your cutlery of rough leftovers and do not leave it uncleaned for any length of time.
  • Never soak flatware overnight.   .
  • When cleaning in the dishwasher please put the cutlery items with the handle on bottom in the basket. You avoid scratches when cleaning cutleries of different types separately.
  • Take your cutlery out of the dishwasher as soon as possible after ending of the cleaning process and dry it if necessary. If this is not possible please open the door of the dishwasher so that the damp can move off and no humidity accumulation can occur..
  • We recommend making a cleaning process with the empty dishwasher first after refilling the regenerating salt.
  • Use only high quality cleaning products and pay attention to the advices on the packages of the washing-up liquids so that you can always expect a brilliant result. Pay also attention to the operation instructions of your dishwasher.  
  • If you hand-wash your utensils, use a soft sponge, and dry them right away. 
How to remove rust spots from cutlery with natural materials 
  • Fill the glass with enough white vinegar to submerge the entire blade of the knife.
  • Place the knife in the vinegar and let it sit for at least five minutes.
  • Remove the knife from the vinegar and use the sponge to scrub away the rust.
  • Alternatively to remove rust spots from stainless steel flatware apply a paste of one part baking soda to three parts water. Rub the paste gently onto the stainless steel with a soft cloth.