Asked on May 28, 2017

How to clean collector's spoons?

by TerriD
This set of about 16 collector spoons were handed down from my mother. Most are at least 50 years old, and have been stored in a variety of conditions. They are beautiful, but filthy, and I would love to be able to display them again. Thank you!
  6 answers
  • Susan Butz Susan Butz on May 28, 2017

    Wrights Silver Polish is the best. There's no quick fixes that do justice

  • Carmen Crabtree Carmen Crabtree on May 28, 2017

    I can't see the spoons, but I'd avise against cleaning ALL of the patina off. Patina is "nature's highlighting brush". I don't know if the spoons are all metal or are metal with the colored resin cabochons at the top, but if all metal, use a polish recommended for stainless. Put a very little bit on a cloth and just wipe the flat parts. Don't press into every nook and cranny. Rinse (or whatever cleaner suggests) and if a little more is needed, then repeat. Leaving the dark patina in places will accentuate the depth and scrollwork. by the answer is really more about the aesthetics then specific cleaning. Im not overly picky about what I use, as i use it sparingly, always starting on the back. Good luck! And I'd love to know where to see a picture of these beautiful spoons!

  • William William on May 28, 2017

    Silver polishes like Wrights, Tarn X, etc. remove some of the metal. I sell a lot of silver on Ebay. Jewelry, silverware, serving sets. I use white toothpaste ( not gel) and a damp toothbrush. Put a dab on toothpaste on the brush a lightly brush. Rinse and wipe off. For large items I use a damp cloth. Also works on copper, brass, gold, porcelain, sneakers, etc. Makes gems sparkle. For my sales I needed one product for cleaning everything.

    • Jocelyne Charuk Jocelyne Charuk on Feb 04, 2018

      Interesting! I wonder if its the baking soda (love this stuff so multipurpose!) in the toothpaste. If it is then making a paste would be cheaper and less wasteful I think. Just a thought that came to mind when I read this no idea if its a thing lol. I'm cleaning old spoons and will try this :) thank you! Out of curiosity do you find old jewelry and restore it for resale?

  • Bar22390848 Bar22390848 on May 28, 2017

    Carmen had a really great response. Over cleaning can damage precious metals. Use only a top quality cleaner. I know this is a little strange...but do you have, or know someone who has a good home food sealer? After the spoons are cleaned to your liking. seal each with the sealer. Offer to buy the bags. It will stop tarnishing and scratching. Keeping them as airtight as possible is the key to

    preserving a precious memory.

  • Jocelyne Charuk Jocelyne Charuk on Feb 04, 2018

    Is this step necessary if the items are put in a clean display or put away properly? I love efficiency and I'm cheap lol

  • William William on Feb 04, 2018

    Jocelyne Charuk, it's the fine marble powder in white toothpaste that does the polishing (hydrated silica). I get toothpaste samples in the mail. Also buy the travel size at Walgreen's and Osco. I buy jewelry, along with other stuff, in thrift stores and garage sales. I buy vintage watches at garage sales, clean them up, replace the battery myself, and sell them. Toothpaste really cleans up scratches on the lens crystal.