Any high-quality antiques sellers, please look away now. I line a plastic field giant sufficient to carry the cutlery flat with aluminium foil, shiny-side up, then I fill it with boiling water and add 2-3tbsp bicarbonate of soda per litre of water. I plonk within the silverware a number of items at a time and go away for a minute or two. The tarnish reacts with the foil and lifts off, leaving them glowing clear. Simply rinse and buff dry.
Stainless steel is maybe the lowest-maintenance metallic there’s, but it surely nonetheless wants a little bit care to maintain it its finest, notably stainless-steel home equipment, which might get fairly grubby with finger marks. Use a bowl of scorching water with a drop or two of washing up liquid and a microfibre fabric, properly wrung out, and wash with the grain of the metallic, then dry with a tender fabric.
Subsequent, squirt a tiny quantity of child oil on to a clear fabric and buff the metallic with the grain. This provides the whole lot a wonderful gleam and stops finger marks from making such an impression. For brass, I really like that outdated favorite, Brasso Steel Polish Wadding (£2.50 from supermarkets).
For extra tarnished brass – and likewise chrome steel pans, and copper – I discover Bar Keepers Good friend (£2.99 from supermarkets) very helpful. It’s a delicate scouring powder that works superbly on rust spots, baked-on meals, and normal gunk.
I was strict about what might – and principally couldn’t – go within the dishwasher. Now I’m not fairly so fanatical, however I nonetheless resist placing in most metals, so perhaps the odd chrome steel saucepan, however no copper, brass or silver. I’d relatively spend a couple of minutes scullery-maiding to make sure their continued loveliness, and a spare Sunday second in Marigolds appears a small value to pay.