How to Care for Silverware

Athena By Athena , 25th Jun 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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If you happen to receive or inherit silverware gifts, or you just bought a set of silverware, here are some tips and reminders:

How to Care for Silverware

1) First of all, don’t wrap silver in plastic film. Experts on the care of silver say that though this method retards tarnishing, the plastic that adheres tightly to the silver may damage the finish, creating black spots that are next to impossible to remove.

2) Never use rubber bands for securing wrappings on silver. Rubber can tarnish and corrode silver quickly in spite of several layers of paper or cloth.

3) Don’t be afraid to use your silver daily. With constant use, it will mellow with a soft patina, the hallmark of fine antiques.

4) For daily care, wash right after use in hot suds using soft cloth. Rinse in hot water. Dry up immediately. Store in a drawer lined with cloth.

5) To balance the wear, rotate use of your flat silver.

6) Some silver knives have stainless steel blades. Be careful when washing flat silver. See that they don’t touch the stainless steel parts as this will cause pitting of the stainless by electrolytic action.” Better wash knives separately from the rest.

7) Dust ornamental pieces with soft cloth moistened with furniture wax. Buff it dry. Once a week, wash in hot sudsy water like flat silver, then dry.

8) When it is due for polishing, wash in hot sudsy water first, then apply polish, rubbing each piece carefully, using straight strokes as much as possible. Wash once more in hot suds, careful that no polish is left, especially in carvings, as this causes faster corrosion. Use a small brush for trims and hard-to-reach crannies.

When you give your silver regular care, you minimize accumulation of tarnish so that you don’t need to polish often.


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