Your stylish silverware service will impress your guests or simply enhance your feelings about life. Too bad it may not be in the best shape ever, particularly if you haven’t been using it in a while.
How To Revive Silver With Cooking Vinegar And Baking Soda
When baking soda gets in contact with vinegar, it erupts just like a miniature volcano. Did you know that you could use this force to clean metal surfaces?
- A glass dish like the ones used for baking
- Enough boiling water to submerge your silverware completely
- Salt and baking soda in equal amounts (one tablespoon would do)
- Half cup of distilled white vinegar
- Aluminum foil
- A soft cloth (microfiber is probably the best)
Line the glass dish with aluminum foil with the shiny side facing up.
Mix the salt with the baking soda and place this mixture inside the dish.
Add the vinegar. Expect a fizzling reaction as baking soda gets in contact with the vinegar.
Pour the boiling water with great care. Don’t splash yourself.
Take the silverware and put it on the bottom of the dish. Make sure that all items touch the aluminum lining. Also, place them nicely, close to each other, avoiding overlaps.
Let the silverware soak for half a minute or so. If the stains and the tarnish don’t fade away, wait a little longer.
Use some tongs to remove the items one by one, making sure you don’t injure yourself.
Thoroughly buff each piece with the microfiber cloth.
If you have more items to be cleaned, prepare a fresh solution and repeat the steps described above.
How To Clean Silver With Toothpaste
Toothpaste can do more for you than simply whitening your teeth. You can use it to make your silver items look like new again.
- Toothpaste (use your regular toothpaste, not gel)
- Soft toothbrush (an old one you don’t need anymore)
- Soft microfiber cloth
- Warm water
Put a small amount of toothpaste on the dry microfiber cloth and use it to gently rub the tarnished silverware or jewelry items. Be very gentle, in order to avoid scratching the metal.
Carefully clean the more detailed elements of your silverware using the toothbrush instead of a cloth. Again, avoid scrubbing, as that might scratch the surfaces.
Rinse thoroughly with warm water until you remove all toothpaste traces.
Take a clean microfiber cloth and pat dry the silver.
How To Clean Silver Items With Baking Soda
Baking soda is one of the greatest odor neutralizing substances. Here’s what you’ll need:
- A small bowl
- A soft toothbrush
- A dry microfiber cloth
- Baking soda
In the bowl, mix three parts baking soda with one part water and stir until you obtain a thick paste. Put a little paste on the microfiber cloth and rub it onto the silver items. Be gentle to avoid scratching the silver. Use the toothbrush to clean items with a more intricate or complex design. Be careful not to scrub too hard, as you risk to damage your items.
Rinse the silver with running water until all traces are gone. Dry immediately after, using a dry microfiber cloth. See how Cascade Maids can help you with cleaning your silverware. Reach out and give us a call.