When it comes to picking the right flatware for your restaurant, look no further than Arc Cardinal. Designed to withstand the rigors of commercial dining, your Arc Cardinal flatware will retain its bright finish wash after wash in a commercial dishware. With a variety of modern, clean and sophisticated options, this flatware is at home on any tabletop.
Truth be told, stainless steel is a commodity product. However, there are different grades of stainless steel that you might not be aware of. Some grades of stainless steel are more durable than others; read on to learn more.
18/10 stainless steel
The highest quality stainless steel for flatware, 18/10 stainless steel flatware has 18% chromium and 10% nickel. Chromium is resistant to rust and stains while nickel gives it a brighter sheen.
18/8 stainless steel
As a medium-grade stainless steel, 18/8 stainless steel flatware features 18% chromium and 8% nickel. While still durable, it will have less luster and sheen than its 18/10 equivalent.
18/0 stainless steel
18/0 stainless steel is the value option. Because it lacks nickel, 18/0 stainless steel is magnetic and not as resistant to corrosion. As a lower quality stainless steel, 18/0 flatware will lack luster, be lighter in weight and lack balance when handled.
The biggest threat to your flatware are the chemicals found in cleaning agents. Dishwasher detergents can be harsh and cause blemishes or even rusting on your flatware. Avoid using abrasive pads that could scratch the finish and encourage rust from forming. Drying flatware quickly after washing is also a great way to avoid rust from developing, plus it ensures no water spots or other imperfections develop. Finally transport flatware in flatware holders and keep it away from your dinnerware and chinaware to prevent scratches.
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