How to Clean Stainless Steel Flatware

First-time use: Hand wash your new silverware thoroughly in hot water using a mild soap or detergent. . Never use an aluminum pan. Only plastic or stainless steel. Rinse with fresh water. Dry immediately with a soft cloth.

Everyday use: If using a dishwasher, always remember to load forks and spoons handles down, tines and bowls up. Place knives in a separate basket with sharp ends down to prevent scratching and unwanted contact with other alloys. Remove flatware after last rinse cycle and dry by hand. Hot air drying increases the chances of discoloration and corrosion. Do not mix different metals in the same load.

Maintenance: Your flatware is stainless, not stain proof! To keep it looking its best, avoid prolonged contact with tea, coffee, vinegar, salt, mustard, mayo and eggs which can stain, pit and erode your silverware. Do not use heavy-duty or heavily chlorinated powders, liquids or gels. Cleaners containing lemon or orange additives can cause corrosion.

Special Cleaning: A quality stainless polish can be used to remove discolorations from hard water or stubborn spots. Knife blades are particularly sensitive. Follow instructions very carefully as these products contain strong chemicals that must be thoroughly rinsed.


Never soak flatware for long periods or overnight.

Do not pour detergent directly on flatware.

Try different detergents to see which is most compatible with your stainless.

Caring for Silverplated Stainless


While handwashing is recommended for optimum luster and shine, silverplated flatware can safely go in the dishwasher. Just remember these helpful hints…

Never mix metals (like stainless or aluminum) in the same load.

Remove flatware after last rinse cycle and dry by hand with a soft cloth.

Store your flatware in a tarnish-proof chest.

Use a fine quality cleaner to maintain the patina that comes from years of use.


Caring for your Dinnerware

Earthenware, Stoneware, and Porcelain: These everyday dishes are easy to care for and most pieces are both dishwasher and microwave safe.  You may want to wash oversized platters or more delicate pieces by hand. Always use a gentle, non-citrus detergent.  Use care when loading the machine so that no piece can rub or bump against another during the wash cycle.  Allow your dinnerware to dry and cool completely before removing.

Hand washing:  fill a plastic tub or sink with gentle dish soap and lukewarm water. Use a soft brush or dishcloth to remove stubborn food.  Rinse with fresh, lukewarm water. Thoroughly dry with a soft cloth or towel.  This is the recommended method by not always practical.

In the Dishwasher: Rinse each piece to remove any acidic food particles. Use care when loading so that no piece can touch or bump into another during the wash cycle to avoid chipping. Choose a low-heat or no-heat setting. Allow to cool completely before removing from machine.


Place a paper towel or napkin between each piece when storing to avoid scratch and scuff marks.

Place the more fragile pieces in top rack of the dishwasher.


Caring for your Drinkware

No matter what your beverage of choice is, it must be served in a sparkling clean vessel or the taste will be compromised. Most of our popular restaurant-quality stems and tumblers can go right into the dishwasher as they are designed to withstand the bumps and vibrations of commercial machine and heavy use.

Many customers do choose to remove their glassware before the final drying cycle to eliminate spots that can occur from minerals in local water. Drying with a soft, clean towel will ensure a sparkling glass every time.

Lead-free crystal: Our environmentally-friendly crystal will keeps its sparkle and shine longer when it is washed by hand in warm water using a mild dish soap. Always dry immediately using a clean, soft lint free cloth.


Do not expose to rapid temperature changes or extremes of temperature

Do not place in the microwave, oven, dishwasher, or freezer

Avoid placing in direct sunlight

Avoid packing glassware in newspaper or other moisture-absorbing materials for long periods of time; soft cloth or bubble wrap is preferable

Avoid using any type of chemical cleaner like Windex.

If stains appear on the vessel, gently rub with half a lemon, wash with vinegar, or soak the interior with powdered dentifrice dissolved in lukewarm water

In areas with very hard water and high mineral content, distilled water will help prevent staining


Caring for your Cookware

Hard-Anodized Cookware and Aluminum Cookware: These pots and pans are so easy to clean thanks to the nonstick surface lining each piece. To preserve the nonstick coating, wash by hand using regular dish detergent and a soft sponge. Never use steel wool or abrasive scrubbers as they can scratch the finish. Always use nylon, bamboo and silicone utensils. Avoid contact with metal which can remove the non-stick surface. Glass lids may go in the top rack of the dishwasher.

Stainless Steel Cookware: Like our flatware, Oneida cookware is dishwasher safe. However to ensure a long life of use, washing by hand in hot water with a mild detergent is the recommended method. Dry with a clean cloth. If you choose to place it in the dishwasher, the top rack is the safest place and less prone to bumps. Do not let your cookware rest against other metals or sharp items in the dishwasher.

Porcelain Bakeware: This versatile bakeware is easy to clean and completely dishwasher safe.  Use care when loading pieces in the machine so they can’t bump against other pieces. Avoid harsh detergents with citrus additives. Delicate and oversized pieces should go in the top rack.

Non-stick Bakeware: While dishwasher safe, the best way to preserve the non-stick finish is to wash by hand using regular dish detergent and a soft sponge. Never allow sharp utensils like knife blades to come into contact with the silicone finish. Do not use steel wool or abrasive sponges as they can also scratch and remove the non-stick surface. 


Caring for your Oneida Stainless Steel Cutlery

Good quality cutlery will last a lifetime with proper care. Like our flatware, our stainless steel knives are also dishwasher safe. Because cutlery should be cleaned immediately after use to prevent damage caused by certain foods, it is recommended that you wash it by hand in warm soapy water. Using a soft brush or sponge, gently rub each side of the blade. Rinse your knives thoroughly removing all soap. Dry by blotting with a soft cloth or paper towel.


Store knives in block or on a magnetic rack.

Never place knives in sink filled with other items. This can damage the blade and cause accidents.

Always use a cutting board. Countertops and other hard surfaces can dull the blade.

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