Today I have a quick tip for you that's one of those "Duh, why didn't I already know that?" things, so I thought you might be interested in it too!
The other night I was reading my Instagram feed and saw a beautiful old metal bowl that my friend Emily (IG elevengables) picked up. Her photo showed the difference after she cleaned it up with some Bar Keeper's Friend.
Well, I've had BKF in my cabinet for years, but it's never occurred to me to use it to polish up brass or silver! So, first thing the next morning, I pulled out my badly tarnished (not pretty tarnish anymore...just bad!) silver plated champagne bucket and gave it a try.
I was AMAZED at how quickly and easily it cleaned up! I've used Brasso for brass pieces and silver polish on this one in the past and it took much more effort and time, and didn't do as good of a job. It's still not perfect, but I didn't want it to look TOO clean and shiny.
Then I pulled out my thrifted silver-plated tray that needed to be shined up.
I used a wet scratch-free scotch pad, sprinkled a little BKF on it, and gently rubbed. I made a paste with the powder and water in a bowl and used a toothbrush on some of the places with grooves that were harder to get to. BKF also comes in a liquid/gel form now which might be easier to use, but I didn't have any on hand and the powder worked fine.
**Edited to add: I now use the liquid BKF with a soft cloth as well as the powder, love it too and it's a bit faster since there is no mixing involved. Either works great! And, it's not mentioned here, but I love this for brass too. This post covers using BKF with brass.
DISCLAIMER: The instructions clearly say "Do not use on gold or silver", but these were just thrifted pieces that I wasn't concerned about ruining, so I didn't have anything to lose by trying it. Use with your best judgement.
OK, how in the dark was I? Are you all already using BKF to shine up your metal pieces?
P.S. - This isn't a sponsored post, just passing along a product I love and I think you will too!