August 14, 2021

Polishing Silver Forks, Spoons, and Knives

Our summer polishing project continues with my large collection of silver flatware. After several cleaning and polishing sessions, all the silver forks, spoons, and knives are shimmering once again.

There are a few ways to clean silver. One nontoxic method is to fill an aluminum pan with hot water, salt and baking soda, stir until it is all dissolved, and then soak the pieces until a chemical reaction occurs that removes the tarnish. This technique is faster than hand cleaning but may cause pitting and remove the more desirable tarnish called patina. Silver cleaning cloths made especially for removing tarnish from precious metals are also available. Many experts recommend using a good-quality, non-abrasive commercial silver polish. I've been using Wright’s Silver Cream for years and love how it works.

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