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What are the most common causes of stainless steel rusting or corroding?

I often find that my cutlery and the odd SS cookware gets a rust or corrosion on them. Why ?

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Improper cleaning of your stainless steel is the most common cause. This could include not removing all the dirt from your stainless steel, not thoroughly rinsing your stainless steel after washing, leaving some soap behind, and not thoroughly drying your stainless steel, allowing the iron in your water to react with the oxygen in the air leaving spots behind. In the last instance, it is your water that is rusty not your stainless steel. The best way to avoid rust or corrosion problems is to follow the instructions below.

Another cause of rust or corrosion could be that some iron particles have contaminated the surface of your stainless steel by scouring it with steel wool. It is these iron particles from the steel wool that are rusting not your stainless steel. Chlorides, which include a wide range of products from chlorine detergents to salt, can also have a corrosive effect on stainless steel. The addition of molybdenum to all the knives we sell helps our knives resist corrosion to chlorides, but care should still be taken to thoroughly rinse any chlorides from your stainless steel as soon as is conveniently possible.

Washing Stainless Steel Items

It is recommended that you wash your stainless steel items by hand using a mild dishwashing liquid and water. After washing, rinse with water and dry thoroughly with a towel. Stainless steel items should NOT be put in the dishwasher – doing so could damage the sharp edges should they come into contact with other objects in the dishwasher. In addition, exposure to extreme heat and powerful detergents found in dishwashers can be harmful to high carbon stainless steel.

  • DO NOT use harsh detergents or cleansers containing chlorine bleach.
  • DO NOT soak before cleaning. In particular, avoid soaking in harsh cleaning solutions and any solution containing bleach.
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