With so many options out there, shopping for restaurant flatware can be a challenge – that's why we've created this handy guide.
In this guide, you’ll learn about some common terms related to commercial flatware, helping you make an educated purchase.
Looking to replace or match your existing flatware? With the included comparison guide you can view each pattern we offer, and compare it in style to similar patterns from other manufacturers to ensure your new flatware matches your existing collection.
Flatware Quality: What Do Those Numbers Mean?
Stainless steel flatware is available in two qualities: 18/0 or 18/10. You may come across another one called 18/8, but this is virtually identical to 18/10. These designations refer to the percentages of chromium and nickel in the stainless steel alloy. The "18" refers to 18% chromium which is added to the steel mix to give it stainless properties and strength. The "10" refers to nickel, which gives a soft, silvery sheen and increases the rust-resistance of the alloy. A "0" indicates that nickel is not a part of the stainless steel alloy.
18/0 flatware is magnetic, which makes it a good choice if you use magnetic flatware retrievers at your business.
Keep in mind that these numbers do not refer to the physical weight or thickness of the stainless.
Flatware Weight: Understanding the TermsMedium Weight Flatware: Medium weight flatware is the lightest flatware that we carry. This is primarily called medium weight flatware in the industry but it can also be called economy weight, and is commonly sought by the value minded buyer. Medium weight flatware is often bendable in your hand and commonly found in cafeterias, schools, and other institutional settings.
Heavy Weight Flatware: Heavy weight flatware is more durable than medium weight flatware, not easily bent, and makes for a nice presentation. As a definitive step up in quality from medium weight, it is commonly used in fast casual dining establishments and many other mid-level eateries.
Extra Heavy Weight Flatware: As our premium grade of flatware, extra heavy weight flatware exudes a level of quality that you will see at most finer restaurants and hotels. It feels very sturdy in your hand and is very difficult to bend, compared to medium or even heavy weight flatware.
Stainless Steel Flatware Care
Stainless steel flatware will last longer and look better if you keep the following tips in mind:
- Remove all food remnants from your flatware as soon as possible.
- Sort and handle properly. It's a good idea to sort the tines, blades and bowls down if you transport and wash flatware in the same cylinders. When washing in the cylinders, it's a good idea to mix up the flatware so forks and spoons don't "nest", and wash with the business end up.
- Presoak for approximately 20 minutes. Noble Chemical's Silva Soak Presoak Powder is a great choice for presoaking your stainless steel flatware. This concentrated powder (a little goes a long way) penetrates and saturates soils for more effective removal in your wash cycle.
- Don't forget to change your soaking solution after a few cycles; otherwise chemicals and food particles will accumulate and reduce its effectiveness.