Tips to Care for your Knork Flatware Download PDF
USE MILD DETERGENTS
Avoid solid, compacted tablets, especially those that feature "Powerballs". This particular formula with the red balls in the middle tend to be harsher, are harder to dissolve, and can cause rust spots to form. Try Gel + Powder pack or all liquid.
AVOID CITRUS SCENTED DETERGENTS
Avoid and "lemon", "lime" or "orange" scented detergents, and opt for a "fresh scent" liquid, gel, or pac. Original blue Dawn is great for hand-washing.
We suggest a high heat cycle in your machine, when possible, to dry. Do not leave soaking for long periods of time. Make sure pieces are clean and dry before being put away.
FOR HARD WATER
For those with hard water / high mineral content we suggest Lemi-Shine to remove buildup in machines that can leave items with hard water stains and film.
KEEPING A BRUSHED FINISH
If the pieces that you have are matte finish you can wipe the pieces with a green 3M Scotch Brite pad which will remove any scratches, stains, markings, and rust spots.
With proper care, our KNORK sets are designed to last for many years. Stainless steel is a hearty material that resists rust much better than other flatware mediums due to the presence of chromium, leading it to become the predominant manufacturing material used in flatware production. Its name means that it "stains less”, but stainless steel is not a 100% infallible material. Stainless steel does not readily corrode, rust or stain with water as ordinary steel does. However, it is not fully stain-proof in low-oxygen, high-salinity, or poor air-circulation environments.
As far as care, we do recommend using a non-citrus scented liquid or gel detergent if possible (2 in 1 packs that are part powder/part gel seem to work well also), and avoiding compacted tablets (an example of this is the white and blue tablets with the red “power” balls in the middle). These kinds of detergents tend to be harder for machines to dissolve, and the residual granules can damage the top coat of the stainless steel, which could cause rusting or spotting to occur.
Avoiding soaking pieces for any extended period of time is also important: stainless steel hates damp and dark environments, so a wet sink is a perfect place for rust/corrosion to thrive. Rinse pieces of any acidic residue or food (mayo, ketchup, butter, mustard, sour cream, etc.) until you can fully wash and put away, and make sure pieces are clean and dry before going in your drawer, making sure there is no pooled water anywhere on the surface. Using a high heat drying cycle in your machine will ensure that pieces are not sitting with water spots on them in a rust-friendly environment after a completed wash cycle.
Titanium PVD Colored Flatware
While our titanium PVD coated colored line is certainly dishwasher safe, handwashing is recommended as it is the gentlest care method. If dishwashing, it is recommended to separate different items into different washing compartments to prevent scratching that blades and sharp edges could potentially cause. Use a mild, non-citrus dish soap for hand washing, and if machine washing, a non-citrus mild liquid detergent is recommended. Powders or compacted tablets can be hard to dissolve and the granules can be abrasive and damaging.
Avoid using any abrasive sponges or scrubbers (including Scotch-Brite or steel wool), as these can irritate and damage the PVD finish.