Many people assume that polishing the cutlery is basically always the same work. However, to achieve a really good and suitable polish, each cutlery must be evaluated individually. Both in silver cutlery and in steel versions, the various aids and polishing agents can produce different results.
Of course, there are polishing agents that are basically designed for all kinds of silver or steel. The results depend on several factors that are ideally tried out.
- Dosing of the polishing agent
- Consistency of the polishing agent
- External heat
- Pre-moistening of the cutlery
- Temperature of the cutlery
- Fabric and fabric type of the polishing cloth
It is worth finding the best polishing method for each cutlery with the method of trial and error. The different steels have peculiarities that can be determined most precisely by trial and error. The same applies to the processing of silver cutlery. The precious metal also develops a kind of individual impact profile.
Polishing textiles and water
Microfibre cloths are a good aid in polishing. Who uses them, should note that the towels always have a slightly abrasive effect. For highly alloyed stainless steels, the surfaces are often hard enough to prevent scratching. For conventional steels and silver, only smooth-woven fabrics without abrasive fibers should be used.
Note the condition of the tap water used to clean the cutlery. If water hardness or chlorine content are unfavorable, the water additionally attacks the metal. For a better polishing result, the water should be adjusted, filtered or replaced.
Apply polishing paste
Pastes and vinegar are often recommended as polishing aids. As a general rule, any polish should be avoided as much as possible and should always be used in the lowest possible concentration and dosage.
Vinegar diluted with a spray bottle can be applied most gently to the cutlery. Toothpaste must be applied to a less important piece of cutlery on a trial basis. After a few minutes exposure time, the polishing result must be evaluated.
Finished polishes are recommended for silver. They should be customizable according to the type of silver, which is usually stated by the manufacturer in the instructions for use.Tips & TricksWhen using and rinsing, you should always polish your cutlery immediately, at least dry. This avoids lime stains by the tap water and saves the polish before the next use.