Choosing Stainless Steel Flatware

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Whether you are updating an old set or selecting your first set as part of your bridal registry, this guide will help you choose the perfect stainless steel flatware.

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Choosing Stainless Steel Flatware

  1. 1. Choosing Stainless Steel Flatware <ul><li>Whether you are updating an old set or selecting your first set as part of your bridal registry, this guide will help you choose the perfect stainless steel flatware. </li></ul>
  2. 2. Types of Stainless Steel Flatware <ul><li>Stainless steel flatware sets all contain chromium, a substance that naturally resists stains. </li></ul><ul><li>18/10 stainless steel flatware sets also contain nickel, which adds to the flatware's resistance to corrosion. </li></ul><ul><li>18-chrome stainless steel flatware sets are most cost effective as they do not contain nickel, but they are just as anti-corrosive. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Choosing Your Flatware <ul><li>Choose a design that coordinates with your dishes, place settings, glassware, tablecloth, napkins, and personal style. </li></ul><ul><li>Look for weight and feel. Make sure the flatware feels good in your hands and isn't too heavy or light. </li></ul><ul><li>Consider two sets of flatware - a formal set and an everyday set. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Classical Flatware <ul><li>The elegant and timeless patterns of classical flatware never go out of style and are most appropriate for a formal table setting. </li></ul><ul><li>Continental style pieces are slightly longer than American style pieces. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Modern Flatware <ul><li>Contemporary, unique, elegant, and refined, modern flatware provides a dramatic flair. </li></ul><ul><li>Everyday modern flatware is casual and chic. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Handmade Flatware <ul><li>The hand craftsmanship and organic designs of handmade flatware gives an artistic and homespun look while providing uniqueness. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Number of Place Settings <ul><li>Twelve place settings is usually ideal, even if there are only two of you at the moment. </li></ul><ul><li>You will never run short when entertaining if you have twelve place settings. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Choosing Additional Pieces <ul><li>In addition to place settings, consider steak knives, carving knives, bread knives, cocktail forks, small sugar spoons, spreading knives, butter knives, large serving spoons, large slotted spoons, large serving forks, serving tongs, a cake server, extra salad forks, and teaspoons. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Finding Affordable Flatware Sets <ul><li>Check with major retailers or look online. </li></ul><ul><li>Since you cannot touch or see a flatware set up close when ordering online, read your online retailer's return policy before placing an order. </li></ul><ul><li>Most retailers will not accept a set for return after it has been used. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Caring for Stainless Steel Flatware <ul><li>Check to see if your set is dishwasher safe. Dry dishwasher safe sets on the air-dry setting. To avoid pitting and discoloration, avoid prolonged soaking and damp storage. </li></ul><ul><li>Do not use steel wool or abrasive cleaners. Remove stains with a soft cloth and liquid detergent. </li></ul><ul><li>Eliminate water spots with rubbing alcohol or salad oil and a soft cloth. Shine with white vinegar on a sponge. </li></ul>

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