Caring for your silver & stainless steel flatware using Cape Cod Polishing Cloths

December 17, 2008 · Filed Under Cape Cod Polishing Cloths 

In this polishing tip, Cape Cod Polishing Cloths are used to clean and polish silver and stainless steel forks, knives and spoons. The flatware we shined were not polished or used for about one year. They were not heavily tarnished but they needed to be brightened up before setting them out for use for our quests at our dinner party.  There  were 101 pieces in total in the utensil drawer. Every piece was polished and then washed  in warm soapy water, rinsed and dried. This was done by one person in just over an hours time.

Cape Cod Polishing Cloths

Materials Used:

Instructions and Application :

1. Use the enclosed gloves that come in the tin to help keep your hands clean. Remove a pre-moistened Cape Cod Metal Polishing Cloth & rub the tarnished silverware briskly, back and forth,  but not hard with even straight strokes. The silverware polished was made by Rogers Brothers and is in the top section of the box shown in the after photo on the bottom right of this post.

2. Wipe polish off while still wet with the buffing cloth also supplied in the tin.

3. Return the polish cloth into the packet and place in can for future use. The polish cloth can be used over and over again no matter how discolored it becomes.

4. After buff drying your silverware, wash with a mild detergent, rinse and dry. This will not reduce the shine or protection.

5. When you see stains and discoloration on your stainless steel utensils, you should not be surprised. This type of metal will stain less and not rust. That is all you should expect.

6. The main difference in the way you polish stainless steel utensils is that you wipe them in one direction with the Cape Cod Polishing Cloth and then just wipe dry with the buffing cloth provided in the can to a dry finished shine.  As in step 4, wash with a mild detergent, rinse and dry before using. The stainless steel items polished are in the bottom section of the utensil drawer in the after photo on the bottom right of this post.

Polish Guy Tip Polish Guy Tip : “Cape Cod Metal Polishing Cloths have the polish pre-applied to them and have a pleasant vanilla fragrance. Should any of the cloths become dry, a few drops of mineral spirits or vegetable oil will revitalize them. “

Optional – Use of a Cape Cod Detail Brush and Microfiber Cloth.

1. If any polish remains in intricate detailed embossed patterns of your flatware, use a Cape Cod Horse Hair Detail Brush, to clean it right out. The horse hair brushes are soft and gentle, an effective way to help get the most from your polishing effort.

2. For a mirror finish shine use a microfiber cloth and rub briskly.

Polish Guy Tip Polish Guy Tip : ” Do not wrap your silverware in felt or chamois leather. They are sources of hydrogen sulfide, a strong tarnish inducer. Flannel or flannel with anti-tarnish protection would be a better choice.”

Before and After:

Flatware before being polished Flatware after being polished


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