Cutlery rusts superficially or with pitting

Rust marks on cutlery can occur quickly. Even high-quality products called rust-free react with the air and corrode. However, high-quality cutlery only uses flash rust, while less-protected steel quickly corrodes substantially. The pitting begins then destroys the steel.

Even stainless can develop rust marks

Even in high-quality alloys, steel can not drive off the reaction with atmospheric oxygen. However, the highest quality steels react only to a very limited extent. The rusting can be completely prevented by simple and regular care measures.

More specifically, rust "lands" from external sources on the cutlery. If, for example, there are other metallic kitchen utensils in the dishwasher, these rust particles can be skipped by the washing water.

Who cleans his cutlery in the dishwasher, should pay attention to other sources of rust carrier regularly. This may be damaged casing of the cutlery basket or stainless screws on pots, lids and pans.

Dry good steel has a self-protection mechanism

As with rinsing by hand, cutlery should always be dried immediately. With the widespread custom of allowing the items to be left to dry themselves in the air, a potential risk of corrosion that can hardly be prevented arises. Removing rust is possible in the initial stage by gentle wiping and polishing.

Stainless steel cutlery, in most cases 18/10 and 18/8, have a self-produced chromium oxide layer. It seals the steel against corrosion, and when the layer is "hurt", it renews itself. This self-protection is virtually indestructible, provided that the foreign rust attack is immediately combated by removing the tracks.

Flash rust is the beginning of all vice

The dreaded pitting is not removed flyrods, which penetrate into the steel. The oxidation process "punctures" punctiform in the cutlery substance. If the cutlery is left to itself, the pitting continues.

A natural enemy of pitting is fat. Therefore, for preserving and preventing rust, oiling knives, forks and spoons can accomplish two tasks:

  • It helps when polishing off rust
  • It makes extraneous rust difficult to settle on steel cutlery

Tips & Tricks

Both when storing your cutlery and in the dishwasher, a little aluminum foil helps, for example, to a table tennis ball-sized ball squeezed when cutlery protection. The aluminum takes over the foreign rust stains, which otherwise hit your cutlery.

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