Stainless steel flatware is basically "iron which has been infused with more than 10% chromium," according to Online Stainless. It's attractive appearance and durability make stainless steel perfect for handling everyday use. Still, stainless steel flatware can become dull with use. It can also become scratched. The best way to clean this type of flatware is with a dish cloth or no-scratch sponge in warm water with a mild dishwashing detergent. Rinse the stainless steel well and dry with a soft towel.
Removing Scratches from Stainless Flatware
Place a dab of oil onto a soft cloth. Buff each piece of stainless steel until it's shiny and free of small scratches, according to Mrs. Clean USA. Apply more olive oil to the cloth as needed.
Apply a dab of stainless steel polish to the pad provided, or on another suitable applicator. This polish cleans and shines flatware as it removes the bigger scratches.
Rub the polish onto the stainless steel gently. Keep rubbing the entire piece until the scratches are gone.
Buff the flatware with a clean cloth until it shines like new.