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Cleaning Silver | Polishing Silver to Last

If you use silver in the kitchen, then it probably means that you like to dine in style!  At one time, many years ago, a sign of affluence was the amount of silverware, silver candlesticks, silver tea services and silver platters that the home contained.  The drawback to owning items made from this lovely, shiny precious metal is that it tends to tarnish, or corrode, easily.  In modern day, we use the term “silverware” in a generic manner, as most of the flatware owned by the typical household is not pure silver.  Even so, because of the beauty of the metal, it is common for many people to have a true silver object in their home; perhaps a piece of hollowware or silver coins. To retain the lovely appearance of the items, it is important to impede the process of tarnishing on them.

Sterling silver is an alloy of 92 1/2 percent silver and 7 1/2 percent copper. Its beauty increases with use, which causes a patina or soft sheen to form. Plated silver is silver that has been electroplated over another metal. Silver tarnishes when exposed to air. Hand rubbing develops patina on silver which adds to its beauty. Ornamental silver pieces that have been lacquered may be washed in lukewarm water; hot water could remove the lacquer. Polishing silver while wearing rubber gloves promotes tarnish. Instead, choose plastic or cotton gloves. Now watch my advice in action on our free video about silver cleaning.



Silver Cleaner

I am sure you found the Silver cleaning video useful.  If you still have questions please contact Aunt Patti on the left side of the page.  As you watched my video, you will have noticed that we used a particular silver polishing product.  This professional silver cleaning product is readily available and although you can usually find these products anywhere online I generally get them at the Cleaning Solutions Superstore.

To purchase the product used in this video, please click on the links below

  • This concentrated Metal Polish and Protectant applies a long lasting protective film that promotes a long lasting shine on your silver.