Cleaning and polishing silverware
Silver reacts with the sulfur contained in the air. It is therefore completely normal that silver jewelry and also the silverware in the drawer or cutlery case turns black over time. You can prevent or delay this process by using your silver cutlery regularly. It can also help to wrap the cutlery in a cotton cloth.
You can remove the so-called patina with simple household knits:
The water-salt-aluminum foil trick
- Cover a flat bowl, baking tray or pot with aluminum foil
- Then fill in hot water.
- Add generous amounts of salt (4-5 tablespoons) to the water and wait until it has dissolved.
- Put your silver cutlery into the salt water for about 30 minutes.
- Then dry your cutlery with a towel.
The black layer should now have been removed as much as possible. If you are not yet satisfied with the result, you can repeat the process.
The toothpaste trick
- Put some toothpaste on a towel or cotton pad.
Gently rub over your silver-plated cutlery.
Attention: The silver surface is softer than e.g. stainless steel. Therefore micro scratches can occur during polishing.
Silver bath / Silver cloth
Of course, the market also offers numerous care products especially for silver. These are e.g. special dipping baths, polishing pastes or cloths with which the patina can be easily removed.