Tabletop Ideas
Sep 8, 2011

Flatware essentials

By: Jennifer Bartoli

Flatware essentials Author: Style At Home

Tabletop Ideas
Sep 8, 2011

Flatware essentials

By: Jennifer Bartoli

Flatware sets are an everyday essential that come at a myriad of price points and are available in a countless number of styles. For a budget-friendly option for daily meals, utensils made of stainless steel are the ideal choice. Easy to clean and store, stainless steel flatware will remain intact for years to come with very little effort. We've selected a few of our favourite styles as well as gathered the best tips to care for your flatware.

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Cleaning tips
Stainless steel is simple to clean and is generally dishwasher safe. This makes it the perfect option for everyday use. Make sure not to overstuff your flatware when filling your dishwasher so they don't scratch one another and get damaged. You can also wash flatware by hand using warm water and soap and thoroughly drying each piece. While very resistant, stainless steel is sensitive to products like eggs and acidic foods and must therefore be cleaned as soon as possible after coming contact with those elements. Dishwasher soap made with lemon can have the same staining effect and should be avoided with all stainless steel. 

The best way to get rid of stains on any stainless steel surface is to use baking soda. Mix a little water and baking soda to create a paste and gently rub your flatware using a soft cloth. Rinse and pat dry. To restore luster, you can use a stainless steel polish, and gently rub each utensil individually. Make sure never to soak flatware for a long period of time to avoid stains and damage. 

Storing tips
The best way to store flatware is to divide it by type and place it in separate containers to avoid unnecessary scratching and rubbing. Lining containers with fabric will ensure extra care. Make sure flatware is thoroughly dry before putting it away. 

Photography by CB2.

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Pantry flatware
This flatware set is inspired by utensils commonly found in Parisian cafes. It was designed for Williams-Sonoma by Jean Dubost, a professional cutler from France. Williams-Sonoma, $43.99/20-Piece. FLAT-cb2.jpg
Pattern 451
These pretty utensils are the perfect choice for a classic flatware set. Made of stainless steel and dishwasher safe, they are easy to clean and will last for years. CB2 , $59.95. FLAT-Anthro.jpg
Dandelion greens
This pretty laser-etched flatware set will add the perfect touch of femininity to your table setting. Anthropologie, $25 per set of 5 . FLAT-ikea.jpg
Black lyft
IKEA is an ideal resource for inexpensive flatware. These stainless steel and black utensils are perfect to add to a modern table. They are also available in white. IKEA, $22.99 for set of 20 pieces. FLAT-westelm.jpg
Promenade flatware
These rounded utensils are simple yet elegant and refined. They look beautiful with simple white linens and plates as well as with more colourful table settings. West Elm, $60.99 for set of 20 pieces. FLAT-pottery-storagebox.jpg
Bistrot de Paris storage box
This wooden storage box is ideal to easily separate utensils. Inspired by French bistrots, it has a beautiful vintage feel and will look pretty displayed on a kitchen counter or neatly stored in a drawer. Pottery Barn.

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