I've noticed that very many of my teaspoons are badly stained,
and in the small creasing at the back, is black with what can
only be tea stain?
A friend said that only scrubbing them with steel wool and
detergent would clean them. I don't mind that, but it isn't easy
to reach inside the moulded creases at the back. I wondered if
there was a solution (such as borax or sodium bicarb or ammonia
eg) that I could leave them soak in overnight to bring them all
up nice and shiny? I *do* have a "silver cleaning" tray that is
supposed to clean silver only by soaking the silver on top of it
with added sodium bicarb (I think). Would that do it?
By the way, they are a cheap stainless steel. Not really good
Since they are stainless, I don't think that the silver cleaning tray will
work. That device deals with tarnish, but your spoons have some sort of
deposit, not tarnish. Since they are inexpensive, I would try using some
ammonia. Put a test spoon in a plastic container with a tight fitting lid
and pour in some ammonia. You don't need to cover the spoon as it is the
fumes that will do the work. Leave the spoon in there with the cover on
over night. If all goes well, it will rinse clean in the morning. This
will work with stainless cookware also. Since you think it is may be a tea
stain, you could also try soaking a spoon in some laundry bleach. I
wouldn't recommend the steel wool as it will just scratch the flatware and
that will accelerate future staining. If bleach or ammonia don't work
(don't mix them as that will produce deadly chlorine gas!) you might try
some oven cleaner. If the stainless is 18/10 it should do a good job
without harming the flatware - just test it on a single piece first!
Flatware should be cleaned by soaking overnight. You could add some
baking soda to the soaking solution. After soaking, try cleaning off
the stain using a toothbrush dipped in vinegar, then dipped in salt.
Vinegar and salt will polish most metals. Alternatively, you could
try CLR or Brasso to remove a stain from stainless steel. I would not
use abrasive cleaners. I doubt household ammonia will do much good.
A squirt of thick bleach in a tea stained mug and topped up with hot
water. Spoons should be clean within a minute along with the mug.
FWIW I use the same mug for my tea all the time six or seven mugs a
day. I immerse the spoons I've used all day in that mug, rinse well
then wash up as normal ready for the next day.
Thank you. Yes, I'm sure I've cleaned my cups that way. I never
thought of it for the teaspoons. I can top your six or seven
cups a day by almost double that! (No wonder the spoons are
All the best,
Be careful about household bleach and stainless steel or any metal,
which I do not recommend. Using household bleach on stained cups and
mugs for a minute soak works great and won't harm the (glass or
I have read that bleach will eat away stainless steel if left in
contact for hours on end so any valuable spoons should not be treated
with bleach "just in case", However I did have a stainless steel sink
before my Astracast one that I used for soaking whites and other
things in bleach and I had no problem, the sink was always gleaming.
I've noticed over here that a lot of public toilet pans/urinals are
now vandal resistant stainless steel. I don't know if they use bleach
to clean them, whatever they use leaves a dull finish, they never look
bright and clean.
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