How to Care and Clean Silverwares in the House
Published on Thursday, 03 December 2009
Sparkling silver pieces are so lovely to look at. They create an elegant look to our dining tables. But what if they do not anymore look clean?
Welcome to our simple tips for caring and cleaning silverwares.
Washing is not enough for silverwares. Rusts and stain formations are still present after a thorough wash of detergent or cleaning soap. But there are simple remedies to this malady.
Clean using baking soda and salt
1. Put aluminum foil inside a pan. Boil water on a separate container. Pour at least 2 inches boiling water into the pan. Sprinkle the water with one teaspoon baking soda.
2. Put your silver pieces into the water with baking soda. Leave it for 8-10 minutes. You will be amazed to see the tarnish gradually removed. If tarnish are completely removed, take away the utensils then wash it with clean running water. Dry with soft cotton cloth. Then see them sparkle at you.
If you don't have baking soda in your cupboard, you may also use salt. Then follow the same procedure using salt.
* Do not do this frequently because this solution is strong and harsh for your silver. Further, this method is also not recommended for wares with French gray finish.
Clean using silver polish
1. Apply silver polish to a foam.
2. Coat the body with polish, do this in an upward-downward motion.
3. Clean even the crevices and the hard- to- reach surfaces in its design.
4. Rinse with clean water and dry with soft cloth.
Tarnish can actually develop because of sulfur in the air. But you also have some practices which are also causing silver to tarnish and look old. More than "curing" them, you must learn how to prevent disaster on your lovely silver pieces.
To enjoy your silverwares for long time read the following tips:
* Avoid using sharp shank over your silver pieces and do not keep them near sharp silver objects to avoid scratches on its surfaces.
* If you are to keep them inside your cupboards, do not tie with rubber bands or be exposed to it, as rubber also causes tarnish.
* Wash thoroughly before keeping. Food leftovers are also one of the causes of tarnish.
* If you are to keep it in bags, use bags especially made for silverwares. More news