Silver cutlery is considered the most elegant looking cutlery on the table. The silver wands they’re made of are also antibacterial, so they don’t get as much on them. However, you still need to know how to clean them perfectly. Not so much for the sake of having visitors. Rather, you should do this for your own sake, so that they don’t lose their shiny and elegant appearance and their antibacterial abilities. At the same time, you don’t need to clean them in this way very often at all, once a year is fully sufficient.
What you should know about silverware
Silver cutlery should not be stored in just any place. They should be stored properly in a dry place, ideally in a drawer of some sort to keep them in the dark. This will promote the preservation of the silver from which they are made. If you don’t want your silverware to start to tarnish and darken over time, it should still be stored in foil bags. The easiest way to clean a set of silver cutlery is to have it cleaned by professionals. Homemade methods are cheaper and just as effective, it will just cost you a little more work than just taking them to a professional to be cleaned.
The oldest way is to use lemon juice
Using lemon juice to clean silverware is the oldest way to clean silverware. Lemon juice brightens silver beautifully and removes tarnish and blackening. Just squeeze enough lemon juice and use a soft sponge or cloth to clean the silverware. For the time being, clean only with undiluted lemon juice, water will come in the next stage. When you have cleaned the individual pieces of cutlery, rinse them under warm water so well that no traces of lemon juice remain on them and wipe them dry.
But there are other ways to clean cutlery at home
Even something as simple as toothpaste can work wonders. Squeeze a little of it on a soft toothbrush, it can even be super soft to soft. Again, clean each piece of cutlery separately. You will do best to clean them using small circular motions. Then rinse them thoroughly, just like you would from lemon juice, and wipe them dry so they don’t get unsightly drops of water on them.
It’s probably the least time-consuming to have your silverware cleaned by professionals. Another option is to buy expensive chemical cleaners for them. But all of this is a huge money guzzler. Chemicals aren’t cheap, and the services of a professional certainly aren’t. Compared to that, how much will some toothpaste or lemon juice and plain warm water cost you when you add your time?