5 Tips on looking after Silver Plate Flatware (or silverware)
It is important that you follow the manufacturer's washing instructions for silverplate flatware. Silverware is expensive and if you do have problems it is advantageous that you have met the washing and guarantee guidance. Normal advice is not to wash silverware in the dishwasher but recently some high end manufacturers of silver plate flatware such as the French flatware manufacturer Alain Saint-Joanis are offering items that are dishwasher friendly.
Surprisingly silver flatware does not need regular polishing and should not be cleaned more than absolutely necessary. Regular cleaning of your silverware with a soft cloth, using a brush with very soft bristles for crevices, or washing in warm soapy water, rinsing well and drying with a dry clean towel will reduce the need even more.
Wash silver plated flatware as soon as possible, and at the very least remove food waste from the items after using it and don't allow it to soak for any length of time. Acidic foods (egg yolks, brussel sprouts, table salt, olives, salad dressing, vinegar, fruit juices etc) can be corrosive to silver if left in contact with it for too long
On the occasions when you do need to polish your silver plate flatware, only use a good quality silver polish or cream, not a standard metal polish. Rinse afterwards in clean water and dry with a clean tea towel. A soft brush can be used to remove polish from crevices on patterned silverware or within the bolster. Do not under any circumstance use wire wool or an abrasive cloth to remove stains as they will scratch the surface of the silver and as mentioned above use polish as seldom as possible as a small amount of metal will be removed over time. If you wear gloves make sure that they are cotton or plastic as rubber gloves are corrosive.
Remember that your flatware knife blades will most likely by stainless steel and they should be cleaned with that in mind.
It is important to store your silver flatware effectively to prevent scratching and corrosion. Wrap your flatware in acid-free tissue paper, or undyed cotton or linen and keep in airtight conditions in specialist airtight boxes or chests. Do not use storage boxes or chests with rubber seals.
Use and enjoy your silver plate flatware, the more it is used the better. Buy well, treat it well and your silverware will last a lifetime.
- Silver plate flatware by Alain Saint-Joanis of France
Elegance2003 offers silverplate flatware from Alain Saint-Joanis of France. See product description for silverware care.
- Fine China and Silverware CareTips - Country Living
- Society of American Silversmiths - Silver Care
- Silver Tableware Care at Replacements, Ltd.
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