Home, Décor: Essential Maintenance Tips for Antique Silver

AddThis Social Bookmark Button

Antique silver pieces are among the most beautiful and luxurious items to own. Are you wondering what are the best techniques to care for the beauty of your antique silver? Discover the three essential maintenance tips.

However, many people shy away from silver, believing the upkeep is difficult. Tarnishing occurs naturally as silver oxidizes, creating unpleasant-looking smudges on the otherwise mirror-like surface.

Home, Décor: Easy Ways to Brighten up Any Room

Truthfully, tarnish is extremely easy to keep on top of the silver, as long as you have a little know-how. Rather than avoid these amazing and often useful items, explore the essential maintenance tips for antique silver to keep each piece sparkling even with frequent use.

Store Silver Properly

Enjoying the silver comes down to storing it effectively. Improperly stored silver will tarnish more rapidly. This creates the illusion that silver is hard to care for or needs near-constant polishing. That isn't really true. Save on the elbow grease and instead focus on the silver's surroundings.

Home, Décor: Three Questions To Ask When House Hunting

Silvers doesn't do well in humidity. If a home has a humidity of 50 percent or higher, this is likely the culprit for less than gleaming silver. Within display cases, ensure the interior of the cabinet has properly sealed wood since fumes can interact with antique silver. Lastly, store each piece wrapped in a clean linen or acid-free paper tissue to ensure no oils stain the pieces.

Handling Silver With Care

How people interact with silver can also have a major impact on its beauty and longevity. For silverware and other items intended for daily use, clean immediately after use. Never let food particles or any other substance linger on silver; this will create areas of tarnish that are difficult to polish. This includes contact with skin oils.

Frieling Induction Cooktop Review – A Portable, High Efficiency, Environmentally Friendly, Cooktop

It's best to handle silver with a linen or cotton cloth when possible, especially for display pieces. Wipe off pieces after each interaction. Fingerprints left for long periods can even deteriorate the surface of silver permanently. Silver is a great investment that can be resold, but only if the quality of a piece is maintained.

How To Clean Silver

The most essential maintenance tips for antique silver are techniques for cleaning. For pieces in good condition, an occasional light polish with clean linen will usually do the trick. Slightly tarnished pieces can be restored easily using a silver buffing pad and very little effort. For more advanced tarnish, a jewelry cleaning cream made for silver will quickly lift any dark spots.

Lladró Presents Niagara Chandelier Gold

There are many solutions on the market for pieces that need a stronger chemical to remove tarnish. For those looking for a less aggressive answer, soak the silver in a mixture of water, table salt, and fabric softener. Afterwards, remove it from the solution and rinse it clean. Always use a clean cloth to wipe down and dry each piece. Then, you can enjoy your clean silver!

Haute Tease

  • Proverb: A Story of the Second Civil War – Finish The Summer with A Real Political Thriller

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Proverb: A Story of the Second Civil War, a novel by Brian McCracken, the first volume of a trilogy,  is the story of family, loyalty to country, changing times and the damage, devastation and alienation polarized thinking produces.

  • Donald Trump Lists Beverly Hills Mansion

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Even the most politically disinterested person has not escaped being gobsmacked by what might be the strangest presidential campaign in American history. Candidates are scrutinized and bicker on everything from their marital history and health to even their choice of homes.

  • Beltway Insider: Obama Vacation; ISIS, UN Military Accused of Rape; China; Julian Bond; WWII VJDay

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Secretary of State John Kerry returned to Havana, Cuba, this week, with the three Marines that lowered the flag closing the embassy over five decades ago allowing them the honor of raising the flag reopening and reestablishing diplomatic relations.

  • Skate Kitchen Review - Skate Boarding Film Delivers Trials and Tribulations of Teenage Angst

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Skate Kitchen, from Magnolia Films, presents the urban story of a group of New York City teens who live for boarding and spending one last summer before romantic and life decisions complicate what was once unspoiled.

  • Money News: Top Global Markets Close Down; Shanghai Rallies

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The DOW Jones Industrial Average, fell to the bear and closed the trading week down with stinging triple digit losses as the Wall Street mauling carried over into the top ten global markets with records highs and strong performances erased across the European and Asian Markets.

  • NUIT #1 - An Emotional Journey of Modern Encounters from Award Winning Director Anne Emond

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    NUIT #1, from Canadian director Anne Emond, delves, deep and fast, into contemporary sexual encounters searching beyond the momentary pleasures of quick fix sex into the possibilities of permanency.

  • Protesters Line The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Route

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Protesters lined the streets of Manhattan's Upper West brandishing signs against the hate rhetoric of President elect Donald Trump and in solid support of Democratic candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton as well as environmental and clean water concerns and the Dakota Pipeline.

  • Election 2020: Tom Steyer Qualifies for South Carolina Debate

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Democratic Presidential candidate Tom Steyer qualified today for the next Democratic National Committee debate to be held in South Carolina on February 25th. Steyer secured qualification with a new CBS/YouGov poll showing Steyer at 18% giving him two of two qualifying polls.

  • NYC Arts: Baryshnikov Arts Center Announces Spring 2021 Digital Season

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Baryshnikov Arts Center (BAC) announces the Digital Spring 2021 season of free online presentations, featuring seven premieres of new works for online presentation commissioned by BAC and streaming free on demand at BACNYC.ORG beginning February 1, 2021.

  • The 11th Hour Review – Riveting, A Terrifying, Stunning Nail Biter

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The 11th Hour, from Brainstorm Media, brings to the screen a suspenseful allegory of an against all odds unshakable faith in a promise, and the dark, frightening, deadly ramifications of following our own ideas to fulfillment.

  • Money News:Top Ten Global Markets Fall Close Down

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The DOW Jones Industrial Average, along with the top ten most watched global markets, fell to the bear over the past week with residuals tremors hitting strongly throughout the Pacific Asian Rim strongly hitting the global markets.

  • Breathe Review – Beautiful, Shocking, A Breathless Love Story

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Breathe, from Bleecker Street Films and Participant Media, brings to the screen the true story of Robin and Diana Cavendish, their remarkable commitment, love and desire to be together against all odds and to dare to change the world.

  • Beltway Insider: Mueller to Indict First Son; Putin Critic Arrested; NYC Nazi Nabbed; Madden Shooting; Neil Simon, Sen. John McCain

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Republican Senator John McCain, III, addressed his long standing feud with President Donald Trump one last time specifying in his funeral planning that the former New York Businessman was not welcome nor invited to his memorial.

  • Effervescence, a Los Angeles Champagne and Sparkling Wine Festival , Announces Complete Lineup

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Effervescence, America’s leading epicurean event centered solely around Champagne and sparkling wines, will return to Los Angeles May 3-5, 2019. The three-day festival will kick off on May 3rd with a once-in-a-lifetime dinner hosted by Krug.

  • UPDATE: Kate Middleton and Prince William Welcome Baby Number Three; Announce Name

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge announced the much anticipated name for Baby Number 3, His Royal Highness Prince Louis Arthur Charles of Cambridge.