When we eat our meals, we always use cutlery. These tools help us consume food better and create less waste. However, like any other tool, cutleries have a lifespan. This is because continuous use leads to wear and tear. It applies to any material, including wood, steel, or recyclable materials.
It is necessary to maintain cutlery if you are in charge of maintaining the kitchen. These are the items that make food handling easier for everyone. Sometimes, the cutleries we use can carry bacteria without notice. Therefore, we must clean and check the utensil’s state to remain usable.
Here’s how you can maintain cutleries.
Steps To Maintain Good-Quality Cutlery
Maintaining cutlery is a daily task. In the kitchen, using all utensils for food preparation is normal. However, these tools are prone to bacteria, even when clean. So when you are done using them, it is necessary to rinse them thoroughly.
If you plan to set up an event, you must provide guests with clean utensils. One way to solve this is by having a cutlery dispenser system. Each cutlery that guests take will be of good quality.
After the event, it is preferable to clean up. This includes the cutleries used by the guests.
Here are the steps in maintaining the cutlery’s quality.
- Wash any dirt and residue – First, rinse all used cutlery in the sink. Wash any leftovers, residue, or dirt found on the utensils. You may need a steel brush to scrub off hard stains with water. That way, the surface will be free of the initial dirt.
- Use soap or dishwashing liquid – Next, you use soap or dishwashing liquid. These products provide different scents to cover the bad smell. However, some mixtures may be too strong for handwashing. If exposed for too long, your hand may get soggy from the water combined with soap. It is best to wear dishwashing gloves to protect your hands.
- Dry your cutlery – After washing the cutleries with soap, you dry them. There are two ways of drying: using towels or letting the water dry. This step depends on the size and shape of your kitchen. If you have towels to dry, use them. If not, you can let the cutleries dry in a clean area. Ensure that no water is leaking, as it can bring back bacteria.
- Storing cutlery – This is the last step as you store them back. You can store them in a cutlery tray, a cutlery dispenser, or a dedicated rack. Ensure the storage is free from dirt, germs, and other pathogens. Sometimes, storage can be a source of contamination. You may clean the storage to maintain further cleanliness.
Maintaining cutlery is a daily commitment in and out of the kitchen. You check the state of the utensils and see if they are still usable. While cleaning, rinse off all residue with soap and water. After washing, dry them with towels or let them dry naturally. Ultimately, it is standard practice to ensure good-quality cutleries in the kitchen.
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