Sunday, February 11, 2018

Questions for the Community: Taking Care of Your Silver

Photo by Salt Water New England

Questions for the Community:
How do you take care of your silver? 
What is the best silver polish?   
Are there safer approaches?

12 comments:

  1. Keep it in a box designed for silver or in bags for silver. Use Maas metal polish that comes in a tube. And never, ever, ever polish it with paper towels. The paper is too abrasive and will leave little scratches. Always polish with cotton cloth. I use worn out white T-shirts.

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    1. Excellent advice. I keep my flatware in a felt lined case and haggarty cloth holders. My holloware is in my breakfront with 3M tarnish eating paper hidden throughout.

      If you use your flatware its essentially self polishing, but otherwise I use maas.

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  2. A few years ago, I found www.Hermansilver.com. The website is full of information and recommends Blitz Silver Shine Polish. I have used it and it works well.

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  3. Polish-wise, I use 3M Tarni-Shield Silver Polish. It's non-abrasive, so it won't damage the silver, but it does a great job of removing tarnish *and* preventing tarnish.

    I store my silver in a flannel-lined silverware box with a 3M Anti-Tarnish Strip. I wrap the seldom-used pieces in flannel flatware rolls, but keep the more frequently used items unwrapped for easy access.

    Beverly Bremer's website says you can wash your silverware in the dishwasher with a non-citrus detergent as long as you forego the heat cycle. I've never been brave enough to try; I stick with hand washing my silver.

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  4. I have been bagging polished bowls and trays in plastic bags for around 30 years and have seen no bad effect, but if anyone knows that practice to be harmful, I would appreciate knowing about it. Many years ago, when we purchased a set of antique flatware, it came rolled in a large version of the flannel flatware rolls in the picture above, instead of in a box. I made a pattern using that old roll as a guide, and sewed similar rolls for the 3 patterns we have, using silver flannel we bought on line. We store the rolls in the gun safe and they don't take up much room that way. The serving pieces are all in one zippered bag.

    When we take out the flatware to use, I polish the ends of the fork tines with toothpaste. I hope that practice is not harmful. No one likes the taste of polish.

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    1. I was always told to be very careful regarding using plastic for storage. Be sure the silver to completely and totally dry before putting into the plastic.

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  5. About two years ago, we inherited a beautiful hallmarked English silver set in NWT condition. Since then we use the silver flatware daily to appreciate these pieces, renouncing to save the good stuff. Wash in sink with Dawn, dry on terry towels. We rotate pieces to use as many of them as we can. Maybe it's the daily use, but polishing is infrequent. Twinkle does a good job on both flatware and the grander pieces (cake server, punch ladle, tongs) which are kept in silver flannel in the cupboard, until we can dream up a way of using them.

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  6. Daily use is the best way to handle silver. My MIL did this and so did a former neighbor.

    slf

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  7. About two years ago, we inherited a beautiful hallmarked English silver set in 'NWT' condition. Since then we use the flatware daily to appreciate these pieces. Wash in sink with Dawn, dry well with terry towels. Maybe it's the daily use, but polishing is infrequent. Twinkle cream does a nice job on both flatware and the grander pieces which are kept in silver flannel in the cupboard.

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  8. I like the idea of high quality useful items that I use everyday. Don't abuse and don't lose. Hopefully, you'll have them forever.

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  9. Family has always used Wright's silver polish and kept in Pacific cloth. I wish it were not such a pain in the neck to keep up, but look at the shape and size of the flatware. The feel of it, and the weight of it, are a treat. So much more of an experience (More so when combined with decent table manners and interesting conversation) than utilitarian standard stainless steel. I really think old silver is amazing, and the thought that went in to the design of each piece intrigues me. Love that you still have your baby spoon.

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