How to clean silverware at home
The Silverware items need to be carefully cared for, to retain their shine and maintain their luster. Silverware is often sat unused, until guests come over. However, over time, exposure to air and light can darken and discolor cutlery, trays and other tableware.
Therefore, regular cleaning is required to maintain the silverware collection.
The good news is that silverware items can be cleaned safely at home, using safe products and natural ingredients. The following steps can help make silverware collection shimmer, and be used to serve guests.
Method #1: Aluminum foil and baking soda
This method allows you to clean your silverware in two simple steps.
First, add one tablespoon of baking soda and a piece of aluminum foil to a liter of water. When the mixture boils, place your silverware piece in the pot for 10 seconds if the piece is not very discolored. If you still see discoloration, then you can extend the boiling time. Remove the pieces from the pot using a tool.
The piece then must be polished. Make a thick paste of baking soda and water. Apply the mixture to a sponge, and gently wipe the affected area. Rinse and dry the item.
Method #2: Ketchup, Cornstarch & Vinegar
Clean the silverware with seasonings you have at home using ketchup, cornstarch and vinegar.
Apply a small amount of ketchup on a paper towel, and gently scrub the stained area of the silver product. Sometimes, letting the ketchup remain on the item will helps achieve a cleaner result.
Alternatively, you can use cornstarch and water, applied to damp cloth. Once the mixture has dried on the item, you can wipe it off.
In addition, you can also use vinegar. Boil a cup of water with a quarter of a cup of vinegar. Place the silver item in the boiling water for five minutes. Once you remove the item, clean it with a soft cloth and rinse it with water.
Method #3: Toothpaste & Rubbing Alcohol
When cleaning silverware, use a cloth with some toothpaste. Don’t forget to rub the silver item with a dab of toothpaste on a cloth until you ensure it is cleaned.
In some cases, you can use rubbing alcohol, this is especially true when there are mild mineral stains on the piece. Mix a bit of rubbing alcohol with a lot of water in a bowl, and dip a cloth into it. Proceed to clean the piece, and then dry it with a soft cloth.
Method #4: The traditional methods
There are numerous silver cleaning products on the market, including mixtures and wipes. When using these items, it is important to apply them to a soft cloth, and gently wipe them in circular motions. When done, rinse the silver items with warm water and dry them.
An Extra Tip: Do not use rubber materials, gloves or cloths, to clean silverware. Rubber is known to corrode silver and can greatly damage it.