It is important to keep your sharpening stone in top shape so that it will always keep your knives sharp. Indeed, the small amount of time and effort that it takes to clean a stone will pay off in the long run because your knives will be always in the best shape.
This article will help you to learn about ways to clean a sharpening stone and, therefore, create a sharp edge on the chef’s knife.
Sharpening stones come in different sizes. The grit is smaller if the number is bigger. The three different categories of sharpening stones are:
There are different types of sharpening stones, including:
You will need the following:
If a sharpening stone has glossy gray streaks, then this indicates that some debris has built up on it.
Make sure that you put a towel under the sharpening stone while cleaning it to catch the excess particles.
You have to decide what you are going to use in order to clean the sharpening stone. You might use honing oil to sharpen the knife and clean the stone. This will offer lubrication while sharpening the stone. It keeps the metallic particles from getting embedded to the stone and reduces friction.
In order to clean the stone, apply a small amount of oil and then rub it in a circular motion down the length of the stone. You will see metal flecks rise up from the pores and once this happens you have to wipe the stone with a paper towel or rag. Now rinse the stone under running water and dry it with the rag or paper towel.
If you use water-based honing oil, you'll need to clean the sharpening stone by using soapy, warm water. You could also use a green scrubbing sponge or an old toothbrush. Use the same circular motion along the length of the stone.
Be guided by this information, which will ensure that you clean your sharpening stone properly. You can also watch this video for additional information about cleaning a sharpening stone.
Learning the proper clean process could be a great help in ensuring that the stone and your knives are kept in top shape.