Use and Care for Flatware

Whether for restaurant or home, taking care of flatware will extend the life of each piece. In restaurants the clinking sounds of dishes and glasses knocking against each other is so common, and we rarely pay it any mind. What we don't think about is the damage it causes to the flatware.

Though TigerChef offers restaurant-quality flatware at some of the best prices you'll find, we want them to last you, well, a lifetime. So we've composed a guide to help extend the life of your investment.


Corrosion in flatware happens when chlorides in food dissolve and attack silver plating and stainless steel. This process permanently damages the surface, yet proper care and use can slow down the corrosion process.

The most common contributing factors to flatware corrosion are:

  • Using improper containers for storing, transporting and cleaning.
  • Using improper pre-soak and cleaning solutions.
  • Pre-soaking too long and improper washing and drying procedures.

Cleaning solutions, and even water alone can break down the protective oxide layer on flatware. Extended exposure to moisture (water) also increases the risk of rusting.

To extend the beautiful life of flatware, pre-soak right after use then immediately wash in high temperatures (higher than 135-degrees). Lower temperatures can attack metal. Flatware should be rinsed thoroughly (in high temperatures of 180-degrees) and then dried immediately.

For dishwasher washing, always wash flatware vertically, using adequate storage containers.

Tarnish and Buildups

Wouldn't it be great if our flatware always looked clean and new? A regular detarnishing and burnishing schedule can help with just that.

Wondering where those buildups come from? In silver plated flatware discolorations are often caused by silver sulfide deposits. In stainless steel flatware the buildup of food or hard water deposits can cause discoloration.

Storing Flatware

Flatware is best stored vertically in specially-designed holding containers. Do not store flatware in cups or glasses.

Expiring Flatware

The discoloration of flatware is not necessarily an indication that using the flatware is harmful to one's health. However, it does leave a bad impression on diners and customers.

If you find that your flatware does not look new enough to cycle through service, then you can reserve it for private use or give it away. Unlike glassware or dinnerware, flatware may not actually be damaged to the point of needing to be discarded eventhough it may look a bit discolored. .