Electric knife sharpeners are necessary tools that help keep kitchen knives sharp. However, keep in mind a knife sharpener must be properly cleaned and maintained in order to do their job properly. A knife sharpener that is not maintained will certainly not do the work it is supposed to do.
First, the best electric knife sharpener has a removal guide which provides instructions on how to properly clean the knife sharpener. Most sharpeners have a pop out mechanism that allows for proper cleaning maintenance. The sharpener should come apart very easily so it can be cleaned and then put back together.
By applying a little pressure at a certain area of the knife sharpener will cause the mechanism to come apart so you can begin your cleaning job. Once mechanism is apart you can easily rinse and wipe with a slightly wet cloth to remove any excess dirt or any particles that have accumulated. This process should be repeated every so often to keep sharpener in proper working order and to remove any dirt or particles that can cause bacteria to develop.
Once the cleaning process is complete the sharpener should easily snap back together in place. Once you put sharpener back together you can resume using as often as you like. Make sure you keep the instruction booklet in a safe place. If you misplace original instruction booklet you can more than likely obtain cleaning directions on line or by calling the manufacturer.
Electric knife sharpeners may also be placed in a dishwasher if necessary. However make certain you do not place any electric cords or any area with exposed wires into the dishwasher. The dishwasher should clean the knife sharpener quite well. Check with manufacturer to make certain the knife sharpener is dishwasher safe.
Finally, electric knife sharpeners are a very useful tool. Even the best knives can become quite dull over a period of time. Once a knife becomes dull it will not do the job in which it was intended to do. You may notice you have trouble cutting food especially thicker meats. A sharpened knife should require little to no effort when you attempt to slice or cut a piece of meat or anything for that matter.
Caution must always be used when handling any knife no matter how large or small. Even the smallest of knives can be quite sharp and can easily give you a bad cut if not used properly.