We often get asked questions about colourful cutlery sets like, are they more prone to damage or scratching and of course, will the colour finish will last.

Most of the time, the answer is simply down to each individual and how they look after their cutlery! If you’ve invested in a nice new set, then of course you’ll want to keep it in the best condition for as long as possible.

Coloured Cutlery Care

Rose Metallics Coloured Cutlery Care

At Rose Metallics, we work with our manufacturing partners to ensure that our coloured cutlery products are finished to the highest standards, (within the confines of the latest available colour coating technology). We detail our cutlery care recommendations on each product page as they can vary a little from range to range.

We thought it would be useful to answer some common FAQs about coated-stainless-steel, colourful cutlery. These FAQs are relevant to coloured cutlery in general, but you should always check the exact details from the brand/Retailer you’re purchasing from if you’re not buying from us, as each set may vary in how they should be looked after!

Will colourful cutlery scratch easily?

Yes, colourful cutlery can scratch! No, it will not scratch easily. At least not more easily than regular silver flatware (and assuming the quality of the products you’ve bought is good). During normal use, there is no reason for them to scratch.

Will a matte or mirror polish help colourful cutlery last longer?

In general, a mirror polish finish will be able to take a bit more wear and tear. This doesn’t mean you should throw them around, but a mirror polish is suitable for daily use/washing. Matte polish can also be suitable for daily use and even dish-washing. Without the additional layer of gloss polish over the top, you might find the colour fades a little quicker if you’re using them regularly. Most colours, even if they’ve faded a little will still look stunning – they just might not be quite as vibrant as they were at first use. A matte polish also has a beautiful premium look and in our humble opinion, is well worth the risk.

Can I wash colourful cutlery in the dishwasher?

Most mirror polish colourful cutlery will be suitable for washing in the dishwasher. Not all will, again it depends on the quality of the cutlery you are buying. Matte polishes can also be dishwasher safe, though it is often recommended still to hand wash for the best maintenance results. Colourful cutlery marked dishwasher-safe on the Rose Metallics product pages, have been through rigorous, independent 3rd party testing to ensure they will stand the test of regular dishwashing. But make sure to also read the next question!

Is there anything else I need to know about washing my colourful cutlery in the dishwasher?


  1. It’s crucial that you use a PH neutral tablet or liquid when washing colourful cutlery. Anything too acidic or alkaline can affect the colour coating.
  2. It’s unlikely, but dishwasher salt may also affect the longevity of the colour coating (particularly in matte polish cutlery).
  3. Though they shouldn’t scratch easily during normal use – i.e eating! – throwing your colourful cutlery in the dishwasher with lots of other cutlery can cause bashing around during the cycle. We recommend placing each piece separately (ideally lying down) so they don’t have a chance to bang into anything else.
  4. Dry immediately – this is really important whether hand or dishwashing. Certain colours, especially rose gold and copper, can watermark if they aren’t dried thoroughly after washing. You can usually still wipe these off later, but we recommend making sure you’ve dried each cutlery piece as soon as possible after washing.

What about washing my colourful cutlery by hand?

Most of the same principles apply here too in terms of using a neutral PH liquid and drying them thoroughly after use. The only difference will be in the cloth you use to clean them – we definitely don’t recommend a traditional scourer as this can inevitably lead to light scratching. But a regular soft cloth should work just fine. You can soak the cutlery for a short time if you have particularly tough food to get off!


So there you have it. Colourful cutlery can add a luxury dimension to mealtimes. And whilst some ranges might need a little care and attention, it’s mostly just a case of being sensible and treating your cutlery with the love it deserves!