How to Clean a Sharpening Stone

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A sharpening stone is essential to keeping your knives sharp. To keep your sharpening stone in good shape, you must clean it adequately after every use. The short investment of time it takes to clean the stone will pay off in the long run, as your stone will stay in top shape, enabling you to keep your knives in top shape as well.

Things You'll Need

  • Towel
  • Honing oil
  • Old toothbrush, rag, or stiff nylon brush
  • Warm, soapy water
  • Glossy gray streaks on your sharpening stone indicate debris buildup. What you use to clean the stone depends on the type of stone you use and what you use while sharpening your knife. Make sure to put a towel under your sharpening stone during the cleaning process to catch excess particles.

  • Decide what you will use to clean your sharpening stone. You can use honing oil to sharpen your knife and to clean the stone. Honing oil provides lubrication for sharpening your stone, reduces friction and keeps metallic particles from embedding into the sharpening stone. To clean your stone, apply a small amount of oil, and rub it in a circular motion down the length of the stone. You'll see metal flecks rise up from the pores, and as this happens, wipe the stone with a rag or paper towel. Rinse the stone under running water and then dry it with a paper towel or rag.

  • If you use a water-based honing oil, clean the sharpening stone with warm, soapy water. You can use an old toothbrush or a green scrubbing sponge to scrub the stone clean. Use the same motion lengthwise, circular motion.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not drop your sharpening stone as it may break or chip it. Put your sharpening stone away after each cleaning.
  • Be careful scrubbing the stone with your fingers without using something to protect your hands from the small metal particles.
  • You can use water, water-based oil, or petroleum based oil on your sharpening stone, but make sure to stick the same type because the porousness of the stone makes it hard to change from oil based lubricant.

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