How to clean and maintain your kitchen knives?

Learn how to wash your knives with our advice!

All kitchen knives require care and maintenance in order to last longer and preserve their quality in the best way possible. Therefore, if you want to keep your knives for a long, long time before needing to buy new ones, there are some rules that you need to follow. If you don't know them yet, the team of MyChefKnives is here to help you :)

First of all, before using the knife for the first time (or right after you take it out of its packaging), we advise you to rinse it in hot water. Then, after each time you use it, it is important that you rinse it immediately and wash it carefully using a bit of dish soap. After that, it is recommended to wipe it with a soft, dry cloth to prevent any water stains or rust spots from appearing on the blade's surface.

As a general rule, cleaning your kitchen knives in the dishwasher machine is highly discouraged. Why? Simply because the edge of the blade risks of being damaged (and a knife with a damaged edge is not very useful!). If you would like to take the risk anyways, make sure to place your knife in a flat position at a place where nothing else can make contact with the blade. You might be interested in knowing that there are some knives that are actually considered to be dishwasher safe, such as the professional knives from the Victorinox Swibo series or the SwissClassic knives. However, for all knives of all brands, the main advice remains the same: hand wash is safer ;)

When it comes to using your knives, the work surface where you cut your foods does matter. Indeed, for the care of your knives, you should always use a cutting board. In general, we advise you to avoid using glass or granite cutting boards as they surface can damage the blades of your knives. Instead, we recommend you to use wooden or plastic cutting boards.

The way in which you store your knives is also important for their maintenance. For starters, you should always make sure to place your knives in a place where there are no other metallic objects that could scratch or damage the blades. To prevent this from happening, you could also place a blade guard on each of your knives. Another safe way to store your knives could be to put them in a knife block. 

With al the advice that we have given you so far, you should be able to take care of your knives like a pro! If you would also like to know some tips about how to sharpen your knives (which is also important for a knife's maintenance), we invite you to read our article on How to sharpen kitchen knives?

For any further doubts or questions, you can contact us in any of the follwoing ways: send us a message or give us a call at 020 3445 5205. We'll be glad to help you!

Don't forget to be careful with your fingers!

 

Team of MYCHEFKNIVES.CO.UK