Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Hello, friends! Thank you for taking the time to stop by my blog! I hope everyone had a fabulous Mother's Day! I shared in my Mother's Day Post that I had received a Reed and Barton King Francis Punch bowl, tray, and cups from a local antique shoppe from my husband. I'll share that he was not particularly impressed with its appearance, as it was quite dirty. Call it over-zealous (perhaps over-excited), but I polished the bowl before I snapped a pic! Yikes, what kind of blogger am I!!? Here it is with the cups and tray, where clearly I have only polished some of the cups, and not the tray, either. This should give you an idea how it looked before.
A closeup of one polished and one unpolished cup.
Once she was polished, my hubby began to appreciate the beauty I could see hidden beneath the tarnish.
So, how did I do it? Plain white toothpaste. Toothpaste acts as a very gentle abrasive. I have heard silver lovers tsk tsk at the thought of using toothpaste as silver cleaner, stating it can cause scratches. What is different about my method is I diluted the toothpaste with a small amount of water, creating a foam cleanser, and used an electric toothbrush with soft bristles as a cleaning mechanism. After cleaning, I rinsed, and used a soft clean cloth to dry.
Afterwards, I polished the silver with a Goddard's silver polishing cloth. You can find them at any Bed, Bath, and Beyond.
It is a time-intensive task, but well worth it!
To view other methods of silver cleaning, you may visit my Silver Cleaning Challenge Post here.
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