Knives are indispensable in the kitchen. Without it, you won’t be able to slice salmon, cut meat, chop fruits and vegetables, and do similar tasks needed to complete a recipe.
The last thing you want to happen to your knife, whether it is a boning or a butcher knife, is for it to become dull. A knife that isn’t sharp won’t only be a nuisance in the kitchen but can also be dangerous. That’s why you need to invest in a good sharpening stone.
Let’s say that you have a sharpening stone at home. However, you have absolutely no idea how to clean it. What would you do? Should you buy a new one? Don’t fret as I would share with you the secrets in cleaning a sharpening stone.
How to Clean a Sharpening Stone?
Regardless of the type of sharpening stone you have, you will realize that cleaning a sharpening stone isn’t that hard at all.
Step by step guide
- Start by pouring honing oil all over the sharpening stone. This is particularly recommended for a stone that has glossy gray streaks, as this indicates that debris has accumulated over the sharpening stone. Don’t be afraid to coat every inch of the stone, or making multiple passes all over the sharpening stone if necessary.
- Place the sharpening stone under a towel. This should ensure that you can catch the excess particles coming from the stone.
- Once the stone is covered with honing oil, use an old toothbrush or rag to get rid of the debris on the stone. Steel wool can be an alternative if your sharpening stone is extra dirty and grimy.
- You can make horizontal strokes or circular motions in cleaning the sharpening stone with a steel wool or toothbrush or rag. You will see the grit rising up through the pores in the sharpening stone. Wipe the stone with the towel.
- If you use a water-based honing oil, you have to clean the stone with warm, soapy water.
- Rinse the sharpening stone under running water.
- Pat it dry with a clean rag or paper towel.
Just like any other tool, you can ensure that a sharpening stone can be useful for many years when you regularly clean it. There's really no reason why you would fail to do so given that cleaning it is easy as A-B-C.