before & after: silverplate server

One task that is definitely on my “chores-I-don’t-enjoy” list is cleaning silver and silverplate. Most silver polish smells and all that rubbing and polishing can become tiring. Despite my aversion, however, I still cannot pass up interesting silver pieces when I see them — even if it’s in a terrible state like this:



I found this vintage Italian silverplate server at an estate sale among a ragtag assortment of forks, knives, and spoons. I had a suspicion it would clean up nicely following a good rub with my initial cleaning solution (vinegar, salt, and flour), followed up with store bought silver polish. And it didn’t disappoint:



The whole process took about 30 minutes. So, the next time your out and about, don’t automatically pass up a potential find, thinking that it’s permanently tarnished or too difficult to clean. Sometimes you can uncover a hidden gem.


Happy hunting!


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