Originally Posted by michaelson
I have a lot of antiques in my home. I've heard that you shouldn't clean or polish anything. But, on Friday night I'm throwing a dinner party and I've already begun getting out decorations for the event. The silverware is black, the silver tray is black, and the brass candle sticks are black!
Do people really buy black antiques or can I polish these?
You're most likely thinking of items with that patina that you get on copper and bronze....and silver....but for items that are in regular use and display....specifically, silver...it's ok and expected for them to be polished.
For non-eating items....do like Mike says with the tarnish resistant cloth....for silverwear....if your going to eat with them...polish...wash...dry...use....
Just one note of caution....make sure you use a good polish....you want one that will not be too abrasive and wear down the surface....on items that are just silver coated, you can eventually wear off the silver (one of the reasons some people say don't polish).
I would do a search on silver polish and find one that goes easy on the surface....there are some that is a liquid that jus removes the oxidation without any rubbing (read the fine print first, I have never used it)
Polish and enjoy those silver items....