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The Modern Butlers’ Journal, March 2018, Consulting the Silver Expert

Steven Ferry

Consulting the Silver Expert

Cleaning and Polishing Silver, Part 10

by Steven Ferry

Actually, this month’s entry, and next month’s, is not from Mr. Herman himself; instead, these are examples of the magic his proprietary silver polish works on some silver we own.

A decade ago, the butlers at The Plaza hotel in Manhattan, New York, were kind enough to have some cufflinks engraved locally and presented to me at the end of a lengthy training period, prior to the re-opening of their refurbished landmark hotel in Manhattan.

I never wore the links because they disappeared soon thereafter in a house move. Until I discovered them again—heavily tarnished and perhaps permanently disfigured!

That’s when I whipped out Mr. Jeff Herman’s silver polish, of which we have written in the past. Two minutes later, and you can see the result on one link. Gentle but effective, we would like to recommend this product once more!

 

Herman’s Silver Polish

 

 

Mr. Herman continues to offer his services to our readers for any questions you may have about the care of silver. Either contact him at (800) 339-0417 (USA) or via email jeff @ hermansilver.com

 

 

The Institute is dedicated to raising service standards by broadly disseminating the mindset and superior service expertise of that time-honored, quintessential service provider, the British Butler, updated with modern people skills, and adapted to the needs of modern employers and guests in staffed homes, luxury hotels, resorts, spas, retirement communities, jets, yachts & cruise ships around the world.»

 

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Jeffrey Herman Newsletter

The Modern Butlers’ Journal, February 2018, Consulting the Silver Expert

Jeff Herman

Consulting the Silver Expert

Cleaning and Polishing Silver, Part 9

Salt Shaker Corrosion

by Jeffrey Herman

Those crusty corrosion marks on and in your salt shaker can be a real annoyance. One way to avoid this problem from the very start is to empty the shaker after a dinner party and thoroughly wash it; in this way, the salt doesn’t have time to do its damage.

Heavily gold plating the interior is the only other way to preserve the finish because gold is impervious to the effects of salt. It is still wise to clean out the shaker at least twice a year and inspect the plate to make sure it has not been abraded by the salt.

There is a simple way to remove the corrosion yourself. Do this in a well-ventilated area and with nitrile gloves since you will be using ammonia. When removing corrosion from a salt shaker, pour ammonia into a container, place the shaker inside, and cover the container.

Let the shaker sit for ten minutes, then remove from the container, rinse thoroughly with warm water, then inspect.

If the black or green corrosion spots remain, place the shaker back in the ammonia and let stand for another ten minutes, rinse, and inspect again.

If the corrosion has not dissolved after a third soaking, have the shaker professionally polished.

If you successfully removed the corrosion, you’ll probably notice a slight graying of the silver. If this occurs, start by using one of the least abrasive silver polishes to bring back the shaker’s luster. When restoring the finish to a piece of silver, always invest more time using a gentle silver polish in preference to seeking quicker results with a more-abrasive silver polish.

Mr. Herman continues to offer his services to our readers for any questions you may have about the care of silver. Either contact him at (800) 339-0417 (USA) or via email jeff @ hermansilver.com

The Institute is dedicated to raising service standards by broadly disseminating the mindset and superior service expertise of that time-honored, quintessential service provider, the British Butler, updated with modern people skills, and adapted to the needs of modern employers and guests in staffed homes, luxury hotels, resorts, spas, retirement communities, jets, yachts & cruise ships around the world.»