Aluminum is a commonly used material in the manufacturing of kitchen utensils. It is one of the most affordable metals available for kitchenware. Utensils made of this metal are light, which makes them easy to handle and store.
The natural silvery sheen of the metal also adds to the appeal of the utensils. It is not difficult to clean these utensils. However, proper treatment is essential if you're to maintain them in good shape. With the right care, your utensils will remain in good condition for several years. Below is a guide on how to clean them.
Step 1 - Prepare the Sink
It is best to wash the utensils by hand. Avoid dishwashers because the process will cause the utensils to lose their luster and age faster. The mineral content in dishwasher water also contributes to the wear and tear process. Allow lukewarm water to fill a sink. Add in some mild detergent and mix to distribute soap evenly.
Step 2 - Soak
Remove traces of food and heavy grease from the utensils. Use paper towels which you can discard once soiled. Place the utensils in the sink and allow them to soak for about one hour. It'll make them easier to wash.
Step 3 - Wash and Rinse
Most of the dirt will have been removed in the previous stage. Use a non-abrasive pad such as a soft sponge to clean. Rinse thoroughly after you wash. Be sure not to leave traces of soap, as these leave the utensils with a dull look. Place the rinsed utensils in a dish rack.
Step 4 - Dry
Use a soft dish cloth to dry the utensils. It is best not to allow them to drip dry. Trace mineral content in the water can leave the utensils with a dull look if left to drip dry.
Step 5 - Stain Removal
Your utensils may develop stubborn stains on occasion. Mix two tablespoons of vinegar for each quart of water in a cooking pot. Insert the utensils and allow them to boil for 10 minutes. Drain off the water and allow the utensils to cool. You can then wash them the usual way with lukewarm water and mild detergent.
Step 6 - To Restore Shine
Food ingredients cause aluminum utensils to lose their luster with time. Repeated washes also contribute to loss of sheen. Get a large cooking pot. Place two teaspoons cream of tartar for each quart of water. Insert the utensils and bring to boil for 10 minutes. Drain the water and then rinse the utensils with lukewarm water. Dry them well and store.
Avoid harsh abrasives such as steel wool. These will leave scratches on your utensils that will spoil their beauty. If you must use steel wool, opt for the finest grade available and apply light pressure.
Avoid baking soda or products that contain alkaline when you clean. These result in discoloration on the utensils.