Silverware stands for tradition, elegance and durability and on every table it is a glamorous eye-catcher. Contrary to many fears, silver in daily life is very simple to use.
The best way to care for silverware and maintain its charisma is the daily use. In times of dishwasher and modern power cleaners you should consider some care instructions so that you can enjoy your precious silverware.
- Use silverware daily
The simplest protection against tarnished silverware is to use it daily. So it is constantly cleaned and has no time to turn "black".
- Clean the silverware properly
Most new silver cutlery is dishwasher-safe these days. Nevertheless, it is important to follow a few tips. Before the silverware migrates into the dishwasher, it should first be briefly cleaned with clear water. The cutlery with foods such as mustard, mayonnaise, salad dressings or ketchup is recommended to be cleaned immediately after use with a soft cloth rub. Acid or salt-containing residues can thus be easily removed and can no longer attack the precious metal. Whether porcelain, melanin, Teflon or glass - silverware can be washed with almost everything in the dishwasher. One should avoid it to rinse with stainless steel bare cutlery.
In order for the silverware shines nicely, you should select mild detergent. It has been found that highly concentrated detergents are not particularly well suited for cleaning silverware. The relatively high oxygen content may lead to increased spotting. Since modern dishwashers do use less and less water, this often leads to an overdose of detergent and to the fact that the silverware starts damaging. So you should prefer to use conventional detergent in powder form. It is less aggressive. After rinsing, you should open the door of the dishwasher. The dishwasher residual moisture and corrosive vapors would not affect the silverware then. To avoid crystalline residues of detergent on your silverware, you should rub especially knife blades with a soft cloth.
If you have patches formed on the silverware, these can be removed with a commercially available silver care agent, for example with silver polish, foam or a silver cleaning cloth. Don’t use the aluminum foil and salt. The electroplating process is reversed and causes silver layers are removed. Thus, the silver layer is getting thinner on the silverware piece by piece.
- Keep silverware properly
If you want to store the silverware for a longer period it is best to put it in an aluminum foil. It is equipment that you'll find in the household retailers. If the silverware is used from time to time, protect it especially from the black spots and rust.
- Silverware and eggs
A silver spoon to eat eggs is not a good idea. Silver upon contact with sulfur compounds react to silver sulfide. Because sulfur compounds can be found in eggs, the silver spoon turns black and also produces odors.
- Silverware is antibacterial
Silver coins in milk ensure that this does not spoil as fast, and flowers in a silver vase keep fresh longer. That silver has an antibacterial effect which also becomes part of modern medicine.
- Real Silver or silver-plated silverware?
Because pure silver is very soft, it is usually alloyed with copper. It is better to use silver plated cutlery.