How to Properly Clean and Maintain Your Knife Sharpener?

Clean and Maintain Knife Sharpener

Ever asked yourself how life would be like in the kitchen with a blunt knife? Probably not. Why? Because you hardly come across a knife that is not sharp enough for your cutting jobs and this is because there are electric knife sharpeners available all over the place. Admittedly, almost everyone who cooks needs to use a knife sharpener at least once in a while. And, just like any other piece of equipment, kitchen knife sharpeners wear out. Depending on the quality of the brand, the wearing out may take some time to show or it may happen after a couple of days. Check out the best electric knife sharpener here where we review all the best reputable ones on the market.

However,  one point to note is the surest way to prolong the life of a kitchen knife sharpener is by maintaining it properly. Cleaning is a central part of maintaining, and this article is going to show you how to clean your kitchen knife sharpener.

Cleaning a Knife Sharpener

You will need two important things to carry out the cleaning process: the applicator and the cleaning substance. An old toothbrush or a scotch brite pad can be used as the applicator whereas the cleaning substance can be water, oil or alcohol. It is worth noting that there are so many other applicators that you could use, but the two (old toothbrush and scotch brite pad) have very high success rates when used to clean a knife sharpening stone. Also, both are easily and readily available. You can find a scotch brite pad from any convenience store near you while an old toothbrush can be found in your bathroom in case you haven’t gotten rid of it yet.

The Step by Step Procedure

Clean Knife Sharpener

The following procedure is what you need to follow when cleaning a knife sharpening stone;

  • Apply the cleaning substance on the sharpening stone in small amounts using the applicator. You need to do this as evenly as possible and apply in small circular motions. Do not rush anything because this is the most important step
  • Rinse the stone with lukewarm water
  • Scrub the knife sharpening stone using the scotch brite pad ensuring that you cover all the areas of the stone
  • Once you are done here, rinse the stone for the final time and dry it using a microfiber towel
  • Finally, allow it to dry naturally for a couple of hours as this allows for evaporation of any residual water
  • Now you are good to go, and you can once again use it to sharpen your kitchen knives

Why Cleaning a Kitchen Knife Sharpener Is Important

When you are sharpening your kitchen knife, residues of steel are deposited on the surface of the sharpening stone through a process that is known as loading. There comes a time when the surface of the sharpening stone is saturated with lots of steel deposits such that it cannot sharpen properly anymore. This is because excessive loading reduces the abrasive properties of the sharpening stone. When this happens, it is important to get rid of the steel deposits, and the only way you can do this is by cleaning the sharpening stone.

Other than cleaning, there are several alternative ways that you can maintain a knife sharpener. For instance, you should avoid using it for purposes other than the intended use according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Also, you need to avoid using it for a very long time without cleaning it. This will help to prevent too much loading that might damage the sharpening stone completely. Use the right applicator and cleaning substance to ensure that your cleaning is as successful as it can be. If you are using an electric knife sharpener, make sure you remove the sharpening stone to clean it separately.

About the Author Catherine Wheeler

Hey, I'm Cath :) Iv'e got two beautiful young girls who mean the world to me. I used to be a head chef over at my local restaurant but I gave that up to look after my girls. I decided to put my culinary experience to use here by bringing that wealth of kitchen related knowledge and sharing it with you guys.