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How to Clean and Care for Stainless Steel Hygiene Products

September 24, 2023

Getting the hygiene and sanitation of a workspace right is essential for everyone who works in all aspects of the meat industry all the way down to an aspiring home cook. 

This is equally true when it comes to cleaning and caring for stainless steel hygiene products. Whether you’re working in an abattoir, meat processing plant, butcher shop, or your own kitchen at home – cleanliness needs to be a top priority. 

In this post, we’ll discuss tips on keeping your workspace hygienic with stainless steel hygiene products from industrial machinery in abattoirs and slaughterhouses to commercial kitchens all the way down to hand sanitisers too! 

This also applies to everyday usage tools such as all types of kitchen knives such as chef knives, Giesser knives, skinning knives and more. 

Keep reading to find out how you can get the best results safely whilst saving time while maintaining high standards of food safety.

Understand the Types of Stainless Steel

Stainless steel is a versatile and durable material that’s widely used in various industries, but especially in meat processing and kitchen both commercial and at home.. 

With its anti-corrosive and heat-resistant properties, stainless steel is an excellent choice for applications that require strength and durability. 

However, not all stainless steel is created equal. There are different types of stainless steel that vary in composition and properties. 

For instance:

  • Austenitic stainless steel is non-magnetic and highly corrosion-resistant
  • Ferritic stainless steel is magnetic, less corrosion-resistant, but highly resistant to stress corrosion cracking. 

So an understanding of the various types of stainless steel is essential in selecting the appropriate alloy for a particular application.

Choose the Right Cleaning Tools

Cleaning can be a daunting task, and having the right set of tools can make all the difference in achieving a squeaky-clean environment. 

When it comes to choosing the right cleaning tools, it’s important to consider the surface you’re working with, the type of dirt or stain you’re trying to remove, and any sensitivities you or others may have to certain cleaning agents. 

When it comes to tackling tough stains, a stiff bristled brush or scraper may be needed. 

Remember to always read the label of cleaning products, follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for use, and don’t forget the importance of regularly cleaning and maintaining your cleaning tools.

Use Warm Water and Detergent

When it comes to cleaning, warm water and detergent can be your best friends. 

  • Warm water helps to loosen dirt and grime, while detergent helps to break down oils and other substances that can cling to surfaces. 

Together, they can make quick work of even the most stubborn stains and messes. 

Just be sure to use the right amount of detergent – too much can leave a residue behind that’s difficult to remove. And don’t forget to rinse thoroughly with cool water to remove any remaining suds, especially when food is involved.

So next time you’re faced with a tough cleaning job, reach for the warm water and detergent for a powerful, yet gentle, cleaning solution.

Dry with a Soft Cloth

When it comes to cleaning delicate and valuable items, using a soft cloth is essential. Whether it’s a piece of delicate jewellery or a high-end designer bag, soft cloth is a go-to solution for safely removing dirt and grime. 

However, it’s important to make sure the cloth is dry before using it on any valuable items, as moisture can cause damage and lead to unwanted stains or discolouration.

By using a dry cloth, you can safely clean and preserve your precious belongings for years to come. So, next time you’re faced with a dirty or dusty item, remember to reach for a soft, dry cloth and enjoy the peace of mind that comes with proper cleaning techniques.

Don’t Soak Your Knives in Water for Long Periods of Time

Taking good care of your knives is essential if you want them to last a long time. One mistake that many people make is to leave their knives soaking in water for extended periods of time. 

This can be harmful to the knives and cause damage to the blades. When knives are left in water, the metal can begin to rust, and the handles can become damaged. 

To avoid this, it’s recommended that you hand-wash your knives and dry them immediately after use. By doing this, you’ll ensure that your knives remain in good condition and can continue to serve you well for years to come.

As an example, Giesser who has been creating stainless steel materials for the meat industry since the 1700s, produce a premium range of knives that have wooden handles.  

As a professional, you get used to the handle, so caring for both the steel and wood is paramount to longevity. 


Caring for and cleaning stainless steel hygiene products is no easy feat. It requires some knowledge of the various types of stainless steel available, the appropriate cleaning tools and methods for each type, and for a butcher knife or anyone other specialist stainless steel knife you have in your repertoire, regular sharpening to keep them in top condition.

However, it isn’t a difficult task as long as you understand all of the necessary steps needed to maintain your steel. Taking the time to care for all stainless steel hygiene products regularly with proper cleaning techniques will ensure a lifetime of optimal performance.