Although stainless steel silverware is not intended to tarnish, it will often become discolored over time – especially if it is not adequately cared for. Two main reasons this silverware tarnishes are that it gets left in water for too long before being washed and dried and gets placed into a dishwasher to be cleaned.
Correct Care for Silverware
After purchasing stainless steel silverware, it’s crucial to ensure that it never gets placed in a dishwasher to be cleaned. The heat and harsh detergent used in these appliances will tarnish, pit, and discolor badly within a short time. Instead, it should always be carefully washed in warm water and with a mild dishwashing liquid. In addition, always ensure that each piece is adequately dry before packing away, preventing unsightly watermarks from forming.