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Cleaning Silver FAQs


Sterling silver is an alloy of 92 1/2 percent silver and 7 1/2 percent copper. Its beauty increases with use, which causes a patina or soft sheen to form. Plated silver is silver that has been electroplated over another metal. Silver tarnishes when exposed to air. This occurs more quickly in damp and foggy weather, but is inevitable in any climate. Store in treated paper or cloth, or plastic film.

Methods of cleaning silver should be determined by the value placed on it, monetary or sentimental, and the design of the pattern. Silver with deeply "carved" patterns that are enhanced by an oxide or French gray finish should be hand polished with a high quality silver cream or polish.

Hand rubbing develops patina on silver which adds to its beauty. Ornamental silver pieces that have been lacquered may be washed in lukewarm water; hot water could remove the lacquer. Polishing silver while wearing rubber gloves promotes tarnish. Instead, choose plastic or cotton gloves.

Silver has enemies. Rubber severely affects silver. Rubber corrodes silver, and it can become so deeply etched that only a silversmith can repair the damage. Raised designs can be lost permanently. Avoid using storage cabinets or chests with rubber seals, rubber floor coverings, rubber bands, etc.

Other enemies of silver include table salt, olives, salad dressing, eggs, vinegar and fruit juices. Serve these foods in china or glass containers. Although flowers and fruit look lovely in silver containers, the acid produced as they decay can etch the containers and cause serious damage. When using silver containers, use plastic or glass liners.

Baking Soda: Apply a paste of baking soda and water. Rub, rinse, and polish dry with a soft cloth. To remove tarnish from silverware, sprinkle baking soda on a damp cloth and rub it on the silverware until tarnish is gone. Rinse and dry well.

Aluminum Foil, Baking Soda, and Salt: Place a sheet of aluminum foil in the bottom of a pan, add 2-3 inches of water, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon salt, and bring to a boil. Add silver pieces, boil 2-3 minutes, making sure the water covers the silver pieces. Remove silver, rinse, dry, and buff with a soft cloth. This method cleans the design and crevices of silver pieces.

Toothpaste: To clean off tarnish, coat the silver with toothpaste, then run it under warm water, work it into a foam, and rinse it off. For stubborn stains or intricate grooves, use an old soft-bristled toothbrush.

Silver Flatware Care

Silver is easily scratched so never use harsh abrasives. It is corroded or tarnished by salt and salt air, sulfur and sulfur-containing foods, and rubber. Frequent use deters formation of tarnish. Do not let silver stand with food on it; salty or acid foods can stain it. Rinse if it will not be washed at once.

Store silverware in a chest lined with tarnish- resistant flannel or air-tight plastic bag when not in use. Do not put rubber bands on silver as they cause tarnish. Handle silver with care to avoid nicks and heavy scratches; knife blades and other metals can do damage if they come in contact with silverware.

Cleaning Flatware: Wash in warm sudsy water. Rinse well and dry immediately. Do not let hollow handled silverware or hollow ware stand in water as a combination of heat, water, and detergent may loosen soldering.

Washing in a Dishwasher: Silverware may be washed in the dishwasher but the patina on fine silver is enhanced by the rubbing that occurs when washing and drying by hand. Hollow handles may be loosened with exposure to heat and detergent in the dishwasher.

Electrolytic methods of cleaning: Aluminum, salt, soda and hot water are not recommended for cleaning silver with an oxidized or French gray finish. Do not spill dry dishwasher detergent on flatware; it may cause dark spots. If washing both silverware and stainless steel flatware in the dishwasher, do not put in the same basket section or let one metal touch the other, or the silver may be permanently damaged. New sterling silverware sometimes gets brown spots after washing in the dishwasher. Sterling is 92 1/2 percent silver and 7 1/2 percent other alloys including copper for greater durability. In automatic dish washing, a reaction can occur between water droplets and the small portion of copper at the surface to cause brown spots on some pieces. After the silverware has been washed several times, the copper on the surface is gone and the surface is pure silver. Avoid such spotting on new silverware by washing and drying new silverware by hand for the first few uses. If you want to use the dishwasher, follow these precautions: Use the automatic rinse dispenser feature of a dishwasher. The rinse agent lowers the surface tension of the rinse water so it sheets off the surfaces and droplets don't form. or use a rinse agent in solid form that hangs on the dishwasher rack, if your dishwasher does not have an automatic rinse dispenser. Remove new silverware from the dishwasher immediately after the last rinse cycle and towel dry for the first few times.



 

Commercial Cleaning London

We specialise in the cleaning of pubs, hotels, restaurants, offices, schools, clubs and shops.We also offer a wide range of services on the commercial sector.

We clean any type of carpet and upholstery and always strive to meet the customer's requirements.

We employ up-to-date soil extractor steam cleaning machines and top brand detergents to give you the best results possible. We also offer evening and weekend services.We provide the right service and attitude for each client and have enough experience in the industry to meet your needs. Our reliability and success story reflects our expertise in customer care and services.

some of our existing contracts include:

  • Banks Cleaning in London
  • Offices Cleaning in London
  • Retail Stores Cleaning in London
  • Public Events Cleaning in London
  • Schools & Warehouses Cleaning in London
  • Showrooms & Dealerships Cleaning in London


Hospital, Clinics & Animal Shelters Cleaning in London

Whatever your business requires, we are confident we can provide a service tailored to suit your individual needs. We can provide fully trained experienced staffs that only use high quality cleaning materials and equipment.

All staffs are uniformed and fully insured. One of out policies is to work with our clients and communicate on a regular basis to maintain high standards at all times.

We can offer our services at whatever frequency you require at very competitive prices. Clean carpets, drapes, and upholstery affect your company's public image.Our commercial carpet cleaning and other professional services ensure your company has it's best foot forward.Your image nurtures a positive perception and affects your business.

CleanStation London Carpet Cleaners and Services Commercial Services understands this connection and provides quality, reliable commercial carpet cleaning, drapery, and upholstery cleaning services to businesses throughout London area.

Helping you create a positive company image is what CleanStation Commercial Carpet Cleaning Services in London does best.

Recent Projects:

CleanStation Carpet works not only on many large scales, high end residential jobs but also on many large commercial jobs, such as ;

  • Cinemas Cleaning in London
  • Restaurants Cleaning in London
  • Museums Cleaning in London
  • Universities and many other projects Cleaning in London

We are so confident that our customers will be happy with the quality of our workmanship we offer a satisfaction guarantee on all our services. For more information about cleaning services, please feel free to call us or submit a free estimate form.

We offer free estimates for your convenience.

New accounts are welcome with a 10% off. We are fully Licensed & Insured

Our London Carpet Cleaners and Services , House Cleaning and Office Cleaning London services are offered in the following London areas:

Carpet Cleaning Central London | Upholstery cleaners Central London | House cleaners Central London

Postcodes covered: EC1, EC2, EC3, EC4, WC1, WC2.
BarbicanBelgraviaBloomsburyCentral LondonClerkenwellCovent GardenGrays InnHolbornMonumentMoorgateShoreditchSohoSt Marys CraySt Pauls CraySt. PaulsTower HillWest End

Carpet Cleaning East London | House cleaners East London | Office cleaning East London

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AldgateBarkingBecontreeBethnal GreenBexleyBowBromleyBromley-by-BowBuckhurst HillCanning TownChigwellChingfordClaptonDagenhamDalstonEast EndEast HamEast LondonForest GateGrange HillHackneyHainaultHighams ParkHomertonIsle of DogsLeytonLeytonstoneManor ParkMillwallNorth WoolwichPlaistowPoplarRedbridgeRomfordSouth WoodfordStamford HillStepneyStratfordUpper WandsworthUpton ParkWalthamstowWest HamWhitechapelWoodfordWoodford Green

Carpet Cleaning Near London | House cleaners Near London | Office Cleaning Near London

Postcodes covered:
AmershamBarnetCheshamColnbrookCroydonEnfieldGerrards CrossHarpenden • Hemel Hampstead • HillingtonLutonMaidenheadMilton KeynesNear LondonPotters BarSloughSouthallSt. AlbansStaines

Carpet Cleaning North London | House cleaners North London | Office Cleaning North London

Postcodes covered: N8, N2, N3, N4, N11, N5, N6, N1, N9, N7, N10, N12, N13, N15, N14, N16, N17, N20, N18, N19, N21, N22,
Alexandra Palace • Archway • BarnetBarnsburyCanonburyCockfostersCrouch EndEast BarnetEast FinchleyEnfieldEnfield ParkEpping Forest Finchley CentralFinsburyFinsbury ParkFortis GreenFriern BarnetHampstead Garden SuburbHendonHighburyHighgateHollowayHornseyIslingtonKentish Town Lower EdmontonManor HouseMuswell HillNew BarnetNew SouthgateNorth FinchleyNorth LondonPalmers GreenPinnerPinner GreenPonders End Potters BarSeven SistersSouthgateStoke NewingtonTottenham • Totteridge • Tufnell Park • Upper Edmonton • Whetstone • Winchmore Hill • Woodford GreenWoodside Park

Carpet Cleaning Northwest London | Upholstery cleaners Northwest London | House cleaners Northwest London

Postcodes covered: NW1, NW9, NW2, NW11, NW3, NW4, NW5, NW7, NW12, NW8, NW6, NW10,
Brent CrossCamden TownColindaleCricklewoodGolders GreenGreenhillHampsteadHampstead HeathHarlesdenHarrowHarrow on the hillHaveringKilburnKingsburyMaida ValeMill HillNeasdenNortholt Northwest LondonRegents ParkSt Johns WoodSudburySwiss CottageTemple FortuneWembleyWest HampsteadWillesden

Carpet Cleaning Southeast London | Upholstery cleaners Southeast London | House cleaners Southeast London

Postcodes covered: SE20, SE3, SE4, SE5, SE6, SE7, SE19, SE8, SE21, SE22, SE9, SE23, SE10, SE24, SE11, SE12, SE13, SE14, SE15, SE16, SE25, SE26, SE2, SE28, SE17, SE1, SE27, SE18,
Abbey WoodAddingtonAnerleyBeckenhamBellinghamBlackheathBoroughBrockleyCamberwellCatfordCharltonChislehurstCrofton ParkCrossCroydonCrystal PalaceDeptfordDulwichEast CroydonEast DulwichElephant & CastleElthamEltham ParkFoots CrayForest HillGreenwichGrove ParkHerne HillHither GreenHonor Oak ParkLambethLeeLewishamNew CrossNew Cross GateNorth WoolwichNunheadPeckhamPengePlumsteadRotherhitheShirleySidcupSouth BermonseySouth CroydonSoutheast LondonSouthwarkSydenhamUpper NorwoodWalworthWaterlooWest NorwoodWestcombe ParkWoolwich

Carpet Cleaning Southwest London | Upholstery cleaners Southwest London | House cleaners Southwest London

Postcodes covered: SW12, SW13, SW11, SW2, SW3, SW4, SW5, SW6, SW1, SW8, SW14, SW15, SW7, SW20, SW9, SW16, SW17, SW18, SW10, SW19,
BalhamBarnesBatterseaBeddingtonBeddington CornerBrentfordBrixtonBromptonCarshaltonCastelnauChelseaChertseyChessingtonClaphamClapham JunctionClaygateEarls CourtEarlsfieldEast SheenEpsomEpsom DownsEsherEwellFulhamHookHounslowGuildfordKewKew GardensKingstonKingston-upon-ThamesMertonMitchamMordenMortlakeNine ElmsParsons GreenPimlicoPutneyRaynes ParkRichmondSouth KensingtonSouth LambethSouth WimbledonSouthfieldsSouthwest LondonStockwellStreathamStreatham HillSurreyTeddingtonTootingTulse HillTwickenhamWandsworthWest KensingtonWestminsterWeston GreenWimbledonWoodmansterneWorcester ParkWorlds End

Carpet Cleaning West London | Upholstery cleaners West London | House cleaners West London

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ActonAddlestoneBayswaterBrook GreenCharltonChiswickEalingEast MolesleyEastcoteElshamGreenfordHammersmithHanger LaneHanwellHolland ParkIsleworthKensal GreenKensingtonLadbroke GroveMaryleboneMayfairNorth KensingtonNotting HillOsterleyPaddingtonPerivaleQueens ParkShepherds BushStrandUxbridgeWarwick AvenueWest BromptonWest EalingWest London.

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