by Bonnie Roberts
(last updated December 11, 2017)
Company's coming, and that fine silverware that's been handed down in your family for generations is sure to impress. It probably doesn't look as great as it could, though. Silver needs to be cleaned and polished regularly to keep tarnish away and pump up the shine. When properly maintained, your antique silverware will surely add a beautiful and elegant touch to your table setting.
Before going into what you should do, I'll warn you about the things you shouldn't do. Some of these things can permanently damage your silver or make cleaning it more frequent and difficult:
After eating sulfurous or acidic foods, clean the silverware immediately, because they can turn silverware black. Examples of these types of food are eggs, tomatoes, vinegar, peas, and onions.
Here's how to routinely clean and polish your silverware. You will need:
With all your materials in place, follow these steps:
Repeat this process a couple of times a year or as needed. Now your antique silverware set is truly a thing of beauty that will last several more generations to come.
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