Keeping Silver Bright

Among my favorite pieces to pick up here and there are Reed and Barton lacquered silver-plate dishes. On the inside they are translucent jewel tones, on the outside they are polished silver. Popular giftware in the 1960s, these colorful dishes came in endless shapes and sizes. Although I love each and every one of them, there is one thing about them that I don’t much care for—they eventually tarnish and need to be polished.



Just like anything silver or silver-plated, fingerprints, dust and contaminants in the air eventually cause dark spots. Dark spots which grow and grow until you can’t stand it anymore and spend a whole day in rubber gloves polishing it all with silver polish. But what if I told you there was an easier way to keep that silver bright?



A jewelry polishing cloth is my secret weapon against tarnish. Found in the jewelry section of any major chain store, these cloths gently polish out light tarnish without messy chemicals or fumes. One side of the cloth cleans and the other side polishes to a high shine. Easy as pie. No muss. No fuss.


These work great on anything silver, especially sterling jewelry



The key is to not let the tarnish get out of control in the first place. The jewelry cloth won’t work on heavily darkened spots. I often find these dishes entirely black from tarnish and in those cases nothing works except some good old Weiman’s silver polish and elbow grease. But once thoroughly polished, a light cleaning every other month or so with the jewelry cloth will keep them bright and shiny.


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