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suefromoz

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posted 03-18-2003 01:16 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for suefromoz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just went looking to see whether anyone else had asked this question but, if they have, I can't find it. I did find the EPNS S pic I took the other day though - grin.

I have a lovely 1930's 5 pc tea/coffee set, by Hecworth, in terrific condition and I have a buyer for it . BUT I want to hand it across ready to use and the insides of the tea & coffee pots have a thick deposit of old tea/coffee. If it was china, I would know exactly what to do, but I have not ever tried to clean the silver plated items inside before. Can anyone throw some ideas my way, please?

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Stephen

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posted 04-17-2003 05:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Stephen     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Joel Langford's "Silver" says --
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Difficult tea and coffee stains are best tackled by soaking overnight in a solution of warm water, and soda crystals according to the manufacturer's instructions. The crystals can be purchased from any chemist or hardware store.


Well, I know a chemist is like a pharmacy, but what the heck are soda crystals?

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Stephen

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posted 04-17-2003 05:11 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Stephen     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hmmm... one web site says "ask yer mum, I think they put it in the washin' machine".

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T-Bird-Art

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posted 04-20-2003 08:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for T-Bird-Art     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm looking at a box of "dip-it" destainer that removes Food,coffee and tea stains fom metal, porcelain, glass and countertops. Readily available in grocery stores. It contains sodium carbonate , sodium silicate , and sodium perborate. Apparently various compounds of sodium are good cleaning agents.

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Stephen

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posted 04-20-2003 08:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Stephen     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Excluding sodium chloride (table salt) of course!

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T-Bird-Art

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posted 06-17-2003 10:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for T-Bird-Art     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This is what Jeffery Herman has to say about stains: Coffee & Tea Stains
    Use the following technique if you can manually clean the inside of a coffee or teapot (it's quicker than the later technique). Use a cellulose sponge (if the opening is big enough) or make a swab by wrapping a sponge on the end of a wooden dowel. Moisten the sponge and apply a liberal amount of Wright's® Silver Cream, then wipe away the stain and rinse the pot thoroughly with warm water. Wrights® is an excellent cleaner for this task because it's much less abrasive than commercial cleansers. Cleansers will impart fine scratches which actually attract more dirt. Don't use steel wool (too abrasive and rust may result in the bottom), Scotch-Brite® and scouring pads (too abrasive), or dips (too toxic...see Chemical Dips). A cotton swab with a small amount of Wright's® will remove stains within the spout opening. Rinse well with warm water.

    If you can't adequately clean the interior manually, fill the pot with warm water and drop in one 5-minute denture cleaning tablet (about 5 cents each) per two cups of water. Let stand for 10 minutes, empty, then rinse with warm water. You may find that the effervescing action of the tablets may have just broken the contact between the stain and the silver and not lifted the residue. If this occurs, use a wet brush to remove the loosened residue and rinse with warm water.

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adelapt

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posted 06-18-2003 03:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for adelapt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sue: that soda is what you buy in Australian supermarkets or h/ware shops as "Washing Soda".

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