Frequent use enhances the appearance of sterling silver. The surface develops a fine patina, which can be maintained through the occasional use of household silver polish or Hagerty Silver Foam, or preferably, the more frequent use of a silver cloth.
Cleaning Polished Silverware
Gently wash and rinse in warm water to remove surface dust. Whilst the silver is still warm, use a moistened foam sponge to spread silver polish or foam over the piece to cover it completely and rub gently. Dry thoroughly with a very soft cloth and finish by buffing over with a silver cloth*
DO NOT polish any gilt surfaces. They should either be dusted using a silver cloth, or washed & dried carefully using soft tissue.
Claret Jugs, Jugs And Glassware
Each piece of glass is individually hand made, meaning there will always be small variations from piece to piece. As each piece is hand blown, occasionally there may be small bubbles trapped within the object. These are not flaws, but characteristics of hand made glass.
In case of breakage, replacement glass bowls and bodies are available.
Cleaning Claret Jugs, Jugs And Glassware
Red wine should not be left overnight in any glassware, as this causes stains which may be hard to remove. In fact, the glass has not stained, but the microscopic particles of limescale clinging to the inside of the glass have been dyed red.
So, immediately after use, Decanters and Jugs should be filled right up to the top with tepid water which should be left in until they can be cleaned properly.
Then, wash by hand in luke warm water, with maybe a single drop of rinse aid from the dishwasher, moving the water around internally to ensure thorough cleaning. The rinse aid will help the water drain more readily when rinsing with cool water and help to avoid water stains. If there is a stain or white ring, remember not to use a bottle brush or anything abrasive as lead crystal is pretty soft and it will scratch.
Limescale can be banished. It dissolves out more readily in cold water than hot water and clear spirit vinegar swished around and left on the marks for a few minutes will normally remove it.
If all the above methods have failed, you could try using stainless steel beads which can be swirled around to gently rub the stain away. They are available quite readily on the internet – make sure though that they are stainless steel as the cheaper ones are prone to rust.
Finally, drying the decanter completely and quickly can help as it avoids the water evaporating slowly and leaving a residue. This is best done by inverting the decanter onto a decanter dryer if you have one, or, if you are in my house by supporting the decanter upside down in a cardboard box and allowing it to rest overnight. If you put a piece of kitchen roll/tissue inside the decanter as it drives this will help to absorb the last vestiges of condensation.
White Silk Finished Silverware
The white silk finish used on my Silverware is particularly durable and, due to its lightly textured surface, is resistant to fingerprinting. The finish is best cared for in the following ways:
After use, jugs and other containers should be washed in warm, soapy water and dried thoroughly with a soft cloth or tissue, to prevent water marks.
Deeper cleaning or cleaning on items unsuitable for immersion in water, should be carried out using Silver Foam, applying a light coating to remove any tarnish, rinsing thoroughly with clean water and finally drying with a soft towel or tissue with a minimum of rubbing.
Should you have any concerns regarding the care of your item please get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01527 502513
Ebony and Other Woods
When cleaning, the wood should be cleaned first, using pure beeswax or a good quality silicone polish or, in the case of ebony, black wax shoe polish and a soft cloth to avoid scuffing the silver. The use of water, water-based fluids or solvents on the ebony/wood should be avoided at all times.
*Be careful – whilst silver dip efficiently cleans silver and is harmless to glass, it should be kept a good distance away from ebony/wood.