After sharpening your knife for some time, your ceramic sharpener may become dirty. The knife bits may also fill your sharpener; hence you need to clean it.
The cleaning will be determined by the type of ceramic knife sharpener. A V-shape setup may be found in some sharpeners. The ceramic rods used in the V-shape are white, but they may be grey after some time.
When dirt and knife bits fill the rods, they will not work as expected. This dirt stick on the pores and hones of the rods hence affecting the sharpener’s grittiness.
Can Ceramic Sharpeners Be Washed?
Yes. You may use water and ordinary soap as they are the best option for the sharpener’s maintenance. Most people worry a lot about the problems caused by rust when they wash their ceramic sharpeners.
You do not need to buy a new sharpener to sharpen a blunt ceramic knife if it is filled with dirt. Crushed diamonds are used in the manufacture of most diamond sharpeners.
Such sharpeners can also be filled with ceramic; hence they may not be effective. Every time you need more mileage, you need to clean out the residues in the sharpener.
What to Use for Ceramic Knife Sharpener Cleaning?
When you need to clean your ceramic sharpener, you will always find the best and effective way. Agents, ingredients, and tools available for cleaning ceramic knife sharpeners are many. Below are a few ways.
• Magic eraser
• Honing oil
• Barkeeper Friend cleaning agent
• Warm or hot water
• Laundry or dishwashing detergent soap
Step By Step Instructions
1. Cleaning your stick rods with honing oil
Debris and filings fill the sharpening stone pores. The surface of the sharpening rod becomes smooth when shavings clog it. Because of that reason, the rod may be ineffective; hence you need to put honing oil to clean it.
Standard hone manufactured with alumina oxide should be the perfect item to use the honing oil on, not diamond-made hones.
The shavings on the stone’s surfaces are lifted off after putting a few drops of honing oil. After a while, you need to use a rag to clean up the debris and shavings.
2. Using dish soap and warm water
On pucks, dual-grit combo stones, whetstones, and bench stones, the effective way to clean is using honing oil. You need to use dishwashing soap and warm water or use preventive measures on diamond hones to clean up the ceramic fillings and residues.
After the warm water and dish soap lift the residues, you need a rag to clear them away from the sharpener. When you are about to use your diamond hones, you need to dry them.
The best dishwashing soap to use for your diamond hones is the barkeeper friend cleaning agent and not the liquid soap.
3. Using the magic eraser
The magic eraser is not only dependable in wall cleaning but also used to remove ceramic shaving in the knife sharpener. To ensure that the ceramic knife sharpener is effective and clean, you need to learn the approach and understand the amount of magic eraser to be used. The magic eraser is small to boot and cheap. No mess is experienced when using the magic eraser.
4. Avoid aggressive abrasives
You need to avoid aggressive abrasives because mutual destruction is caused. Due to the mutual destruction that may be caused, you need to use a sponge with a scouring pad and soap.
Warm water is required to ensure that the ceramic and steel remnants are less sticky.
5. Using rags or paper towels
When cleaning your sharpener, both rags and paper towels have their pros and cons. When the sharpener has been cleaned is waterlogged, paper rugs only turn pulp while rags are the last longing and can also be rewashed.
Using several wipes, paper towels instantly dries the sharpening stone.
6. Some sharpeners require Disassembly
Some sharpening tools come as a block or stick; hence they do not need to be disassembled. You need to follow some guidelines on how to disassemble ceramic sharpeners that need it during cleaning.
Sharpening rods, stone, kits, or tools made of alumina oxide are the only ones you should use the honing oil on. Honing oil is not effective on sharpeners made of diamond.
Hot water and laundry or dishwashing detergent soap is the best way to be used on both diamond and alumina oxide ceramic sharpeners. Stronger cleaning agents can be used if both the honing oil or hot water and laundry or dishwashing detergent soap is insufficient.
Magic eraser is a cheap and effective way to clean your sharpening tool. Make sure that your sharpener is dry before using it; hence, you need a paper or rag towel to dry it.