We know you're dying to show it off, but please, before using your Gourmet Settings flatware for the first time, pop it in the dishwasher or wash it thoroughly in hot water using a mild detergent just to get all the last bits of the factory off!
stainless steel is not indestructible
Stainless steel is not perfect. It does resist stains, rust, and corrosion better than most other metals, however all stainless steel will still react to general use and wear and tear. Try to rotate your flatware so that all pieces maintain a consistency of finish over time.
Pitting, corrosion and discoloration can often be caused by sustained exposure to foods that contain chloride like table salt, mustard, mayonnaise and eggs. Ketchup and tomato sauce are bad news, too. Also, marking can happen if you soak your flatware in water for too long, especially if your flatware is dirty. Don't sharpen your knives as that may expose corrosive substances.
dishwashers and detergents
To keep your flatware looking great and make it last we suggest you don't let it sit in the very hot and humid atmosphere of the dishwasher. It's best to let it dry in cool, drier air. Also make sure that your flatware is completely dry before storing it. Use only good quality dishwashing detergent. Wash your flatware separately from aluminum, sterling or silver-plated items as pitting can occur caused by an electrochemical reaction.
Should special cleaning be necessary due to staining or marking, the gentle use of a mildly abrasive, all-purpose quality stainless cleaner will help remove discoloration while maintaining and reviving the beautiful luster of your flatware. You can also use rubbing alcohol or salad oil to clean stubborn water spots. Shine with a sponge doused in white vinegar. That's what they do in restaurants! Once or twice a years clean all your stainless with mild stainless steel cleaner.
The chlorine and mineral content of your local water supply, especially a high iron content, can cause distress, too. In fact, sometimes the chemical balance of your local water can be the major cause of your problems.