I have inherited my grandmothers Sterling and would like to know how to care for it, especially how to clean the tarnish off.
Silver Flatware that is not too tarnished can be cleaned
with Silver Foam. This is a product that is applied & simply washed off.
You can also just use silver polish which will take a little more labor..
If you are cleaning silver hollow ware you may use the above products if the
silver is not too tarnished. But we also have a silver spray that can
just be wiped off. If you have a lot of decoration that you want to
clean, a soft horse hair brush can be used. Please remember that the
dark inside of your "repousse" type pieces is desirable. It shows off
If your silverware is extremely tarnished, we have a product called Hagerty 100.
Hagerty 100 will handle your toughest polishing jobs for all metals.
It quickly and easily removes years of tarnish, dirt, corrosion, grease, lime
and water stains. It protects metals with 3 tarnish and corrosion
Below is a link to our page of Hagerty
products for cleaning & storing your silverware.
OUR HAGERTY STORE
Here are more INSTRUCTIONS FOR Washing STERLING SILVER FLATWARE
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Cleaning Silver Flatware.
Wash in warm sudsy water. Rinse well and dry
Do not let hollow handled silverware or hollow ware stand in water as a combination of heat, water, and detergent may loosen soldering.
Washing in a Dishwasher
Silverware may be washed in the dishwasher but the patina on fine silver is
enhanced by the rubbing that occurs when washing and drying by hand. Hollow handles may be loosened with exposure to heat and detergent in the dishwasher.
(Note from the Silver Queen
The newer silverware is being made with glue that will withstand the heat .
Also when you use your dishwasher,do not economy dry. Use only your hotdry.)
Electrolytic methods of cleaning with aluminum-salt- soda are not recommended for cleaning
silver with an oxidized or French gray finish.If washing both silverware and stainless
steel flatware in the dishwasher, do not put in the same basket section or let
one metal touch the other, or the silver may be permanently damaged.
New sterling silverware sometimes gets brown spots after washing in the
dishwasher. Sterling is 92 1/2% silver and 7 1/2% other alloys including
copper for greater durability. In automatic dishwashing, a reaction can occur
between water droplets and the small portion of copper at the surface to cause
brown spots on some pieces. After the silverware has been washed several
times, the copper on the surface is gone and the surface is pure silver. Avoid
such spotting on new silverware by washing and drying new silverware by hand
for the first If you want to use the dishwasher, follow these precautions: Use
the automatic rinse dispenser feature of a dishwasher. The rinse agent lowers
the surface tension of the rinse water so it sheets off the surfaces and
droplets don't form.
Or use a rinse agent in solid form that hangs on the
dishwasher rack, if your dishwasher does not have an
automatic rinse dispenser.
Remove new silverware from the dishwasher immediately after the last rinse cycle and towel dry for the first few times.
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