How to clean scuff marks off silverware & other dishes

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Follow these guidelines to improve your art for dish washing so that your flatware would survive longer than usual.

How to clean scuff marks off silverware & other dishes

Pure white or light-shaded dinnerware is all-time classic because of its crispy, clean and elegant look. The only problem is the grey scuff marks over the surface after years of using the dinnerware and cutlery. You might be tempted to donate the collection for something new but the truth is, such dishes are rare and why rid them when you can bring back the original shine for a little elbow grease!

Baking soda or tartar cream

You can easily wipe away the stains using mild abrasive powder such as baking soda or tartar cream. All you need is to pick one, work up a paste by mixing small amount of water and spread across the scuff marks with a sponge or a piece of clean and non-abrasive cloth.

Rub till the greyish stains are removed completely and do remember that that stuff works only on stains. If your dinnerware managed scratches or chipped corners, the cleanser won’t do anything except for making things worse.

Both, baking soda and tartar cream are gentle abrasives with the latter being a derivative of wine-making process. If your kitchen platters and flatware are mildly scuffed, take any of the above products, follow the instructions and wash with hot water for best results.

Lest the kitchenware is heavily dinged, go for a product that contains oxalic acid which is a common agent in laundries to remove ink and rust stains. Oxalic acid has the tendency to transform insoluble iron composites into something that’s soluble (that can be rinsed with water).

It’s however advised that you test the product on back of the plate to ensure it won’t harm the surface or fade the original colour.

Clean silverware

Sterling silver spoons, forks and knives are common in every household kitchen but after years of using, the seriously needs rehabilitation. Before you begin the treatment, wear plastic or cotton gloves since rubber can decompose genuine silver.

Now, use the classic cleaning technique that involves baking soda, tinfoil and boiling water that’ll surely get all the tarnish off the silverware. You need a heat-proof container or a large, shallow pan with enough tinfoil to line up the entire bottom. Now, arrange the silverware atop in a single layer ensuring every piece makes contact with the foil. If the pan in aluminium made, there’s no need for the foil at all.

Next, pour down boiling water till the silverware is completely submerged and add baking soda till you get a foamy appearance. Allow the flatware to soak for at-least an hour and watch gleefully as the dark and dingy stains disappear.

Stainless steel flatware

Most affordable and everyday flatware is that of stainless steel. It contains iron and other metal traces that are the reason for the scuff marks. If your flatware is made of stainless steel and discoloured, drench it completely in hot water and add ammonia. You can go for white vinegar that’s an excellent stain removal compound that works brilliantly on light brown and those copper-shaded marks.

Do remember to treat the silverware or stainless steel goods immediately after use and allow them to air dry. Though rinsing them with hot water is essential, it’s preferred not to expose the flatware in extremely hot water and detergent for extended periods. Simply avoid the automatic dish washer or they would clang on the walls leaving scratches and nicks. Ketchup is also good to clean tarnish metal plus, you can easily avoid scuffing the plates in the first place by using chopsticks instead!


Let the above guidelines improve your art for dish washing so that your flatware would survive longer than usual.


Dish Cleaning, Dish Washer, Dishes, Silver, Silverware

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Sara is a shopaholic and a blogger. She regularly blog’s about her shopping experiences, especially when she goes out to buy something expensive or exciting.

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