Whether you’re hosting a huge party or having an intimate family dinner, fine silverware is needed in any fancy meal. While they add that touch of elegance in any tablescape, remember that silverware also needs some TLC. But contrary to popular belief, silverware isn’t high-maintenance. Here are some ways to keep your cutlery looking shiny and new.
1/ Wash Immediately After Use
Rub a mixture of warm water and phosphate-free detergent onto the silverware with a sponge. If you’re into DIYs, mix ¼ cup of baking soda with 2 tablespoons of water. You may also soak your silverware in ½ cups of white vinegar and 2 tablespoons of baking soda. Rinse it with cold water and dry with a soft cloth.
2/ Use your Hands
Silver is delicate, so it’s best to clean it gently with your hands and not with a machine. The machine can cause your cutlery to discolor. Never scrub and avoid rubbing in circles
3/ Avoid Contact with Other Utensils
Rubber is one of the many materials that damage silver, so remember to take off rubber gloves when washing and never tie silverware together with a rubber band. It is ideal to wash silverware separately from other utensils that can scratch them. Contact with stainless steel can also cause tarnishes.
4/ Dry Thoroughly Before Storing
Don’t air-dry silverware, get a soft cloth or cotton pad and pat dry. If you won’t be using your cutlery for a long time, wrap them in anti-tarnish papers of flannel sand and store them in airtight containers. You can also put a silica gel pack or chalk to help absorb moisture.
6/ Be Careful with Silver Dips
There are any silver dips in the market which can help bring heavily tarnished pieces back to their former glory, However, do not soak your spoons and forks in these, wipe the dip on your silverware with a soft sponge or a cotton ball.
7/ Give them a Boil
Line a pan with aluminum foil, pour in water, baking soda, and salt – just enough to submerge the silver in. Soak your silver in, and let boil for two to three minutes. Rise and dry after.
This story first appeared in MyHome May 2015, written by Razel Estrella. Edits have been made for MyHomeDesign.ph.
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