Caring for Your Cutlery

For ease of reference we have divided our Care instructions into the three materials in which William Turner cutlery is manufactured – a list of Do’s and Don’ts which we hope that you find these instructions helpful!

Hallmarked Sterling Silver and Silver Plate

Handwashing Do’s

Rinse, wash and dry. After use prolonged contact with the acids found in food and mineral salts found in water creates an acidic dip which can attack the metal and cause pitting and staining.
Polish away any stains with reputable silver polish not a Dip or Soak.
Wash Silver cutlery separately from any other metal as this may cause a chemical reaction which will cause discolouration.
Clean silver with a silver cloth as sulphides in eggs cause tarnish.
Use reputable silver polish where necessary as discolouration/tarnishing occurs.
Store in a canteen or anti-tarnish rolls (Tarnprufe).

Handwashing Don’ts

Leave to soak in warm soapy water after washing.
Use abrasive pads or cleaning creams, which will scratch the surface.
Be concerned when fine scratches appear. Silver is a soft metal and marks fairly easily and gradually gains a fine patina.

Dishwasher Do’s

Follow instructions that come with the machine.
Remove and hand-dry the cutlery as soon as the cycle has finished.
Load the machine in the cutlery basket with the knife-blades pointing downwards.

Dishwasher Dont’s

Leave unwashed cutlery for any length of time.
Use a rinse and hold cycle.
Mix sterling silver, silver and stainless steel cutlery in the same basket.

18/10 Stainless Steel

Handwashing Do’s

Rinse, wash and dry. After use prolonged contact with acids found in food and mineral salts can attack the metal causing pitting and staining.
Polish away any stains with a reputable stainless steel polish.

Handwashing Dont’s

Leave soaking in water or damp after washing.
Use abrasive pads or harsh cleaning creams which will scratch the surface.

Dishwasher Do’s

Follow instructions that come with the machine.
Remove and hand-dry the cutlery as soon as the cycle has finished.
Load the machine in the cutlery basket with the knife-blades pointing downwards.

Dishwasher Dont’s

Leave unwashed cutlery for any length of time.
Use a rinse and hold cycle.
Mix sterling silver, silver and stainless steel cutlery in the same basket.