Understanding Flatware Weights

Medium Weight
  • Lightest weight flatware
  • Most economical
  • Commonly used in high-volume facilities
Heavy Weight
  • Durable and difficult to bend
  • Ideal for most commercial facilities
  • Available in both 18/0 and 18/10

Understanding Stainless Steel Types

18/0, 18/8 and 18/10 specifications function to illustrate the percentages of chromium and nickel content in stainless steel. Chromium increases product hardness, while nickel helps resist rust and corrosion. These numbers represent the composition of the stainless steel only, not the weight.

18/0 Patterns
  • Composed of 18% chromium and 0% nickel
  • Value priced
  • Higher shine
  • Can be used with magnetic tableware retrievers and scrap blocks
  • Lower luster
18/8 and 18/10 Patterns
  • Composed of 18% chromium and 8% or 10% nickel (look to the denominator of the fraction for eight or 10)
  • Maximum protection against corrosion, food, and cleaning
  • Soft shine with polished finish that enhances the look of quality
  • Higher luster
  • Durable construction
Estimating Flatware Amount

Estimating How Much Flatware You Need

When estimating the amount of flatware you need, remember to take into account the number of seats in your establishment, the turnover rate, any specialty items on the menu, your warewashing capacity, the type of operation (fine dining, family style, cafeteria, etc.) and your backup inventory requirements. Based on these factors, Central can help you order the exact amount of flatware you need to be successful.

To determine the right amount of flatware, multiply the number of seats you will be serving with the flatware number listed at the right and divide by 12. This will give you the number in dozens you will need to order.

Cleaning Stainless Steel Flatware

  • Wash in hot water with non-abrasive, non-corrosive cleaning agents. Avoid solutions that include ammonia or any form of chlorine bleach which will discolor stainless steel.
  • Rinse in water of at least 180°F. A wetting agent or water softener may be required if using water with high mineral content.
  • Dry immediately.
  • Do not leave in water with other metal objects.
  • Avoid contact with acidic substances like lemon or vinegar.

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