March 29, 2024

Polishing Silver

If you're planning to use the family's special silver this Easter, polish it now - it’s always so rewarding to complete time-consuming chores before it gets too hectic.

This week my housekeepers took on the task of cleaning and polishing my drawers of silver flatware. 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 have been using Wright’s Silver Cream for years.

Here are some photos, enjoy.