Trivia: Which metallic, chemical element has the highest electrical conductivity of all the elements in the periodic table? Which metal also has the highest thermal conductivity of all the known metals in the world? If you’ve read the title, then you probably know the answer already.
Silver, a byproduct of gold, lead, copper, and zinc refining, is one of the most popular precious metals in the world today. You can see this metal everywhere you look; and you only need to take a look inside your kitchen cabinet to see a silver utensil or plate shining gloriously at you. The truth is, silver is so important in the cutlery business that it already has a name of its own: SILVERWARE
Your silverware has probably served you for a long time now, although in most cases, you’ve probably been taking it for granted all your life. Admit it: your life will not be the same without your silverware, so it’s high time you take steps when caring for it.
Beware of Sulphides
Silver can resist corrosion any time; but let it come face-to-face with any form of Sulphide and see it tarnish really fast. Sulphides are elements commonly found in the atmosphere, but they can also be found in everyday foods, such as green vegetables and eggs (the most lethal one of them all). Initially, you’ll see the first signs of tarnish on your silverware are streaks of light gold color, but with prolonged exposure, you’ll see those blue-black discolorations that you often see in common utensils and trays.
Go cold turkey on rubber.
Like sulphides, rubber is also one of the most lethal chemicals that can corrode silver. Rubber contains sulfur, a chemical which makes them antagonistic with each other. So next time, try not to let your silverware come into contact with dish mats, rubber bands, placemats, rubber coaster, rubber stoppers and everything that’s rubbery—you get the picture.
Use it…or LOSE it.
Yes, believe it or not—the more you use silver, the lesser the chances for it to tarnish. I know it sounds contradicting, but it’s true. The reason is because its Patina (the outer surface) is actually brightened and enhanced more when there is rubbing and friction involved. And often, this process happens when you use your silverware or clean it.
And speaking of cleaning, many silver experts recommend hand washing silver instead of placing them in a dishwasher. Hand cleaning often takes this process:
- Fill your sink with a mild detergent and warm or tepid water.
- Wash each piece of silver by hand.
- Dry silver completely by using a soft cotton dish towel.
- Buff again with another dry cotton cloth to make it shiny.
Taking care of your silverware is one of the best investments you can make for you and your family. Not only will it save you money in the long run, but it will also add some elegance and style to your home as well.