We recently acquired an International Silver serving
platter and after cleaning with silver polish, there are splotches of
light pink that appears to be a stain of some kind. Can this removed or
is it possible that we have scrubbed below the silver plate? Thank you.
Without actually seeing the tray, I suspect that you are seeing the copper
peeking through the silver plate. By now, those pink spots have probably
turned a more familiar orange, or brownish orange (more the color of
pennies) if this is the case. If you purchased this item secondhand, it
could have been showing these spots when previous owner last cleaned it. If
the item was recently acquired new, you may have some recourse under
warranty. Always be sure to follow label instructions and to completely
rinse and remove polishing agents from silver and plated pieces following
cleaning as these cleaning/polishing chemicals can often accelerate surface
decay when left in place for extended periods of time.
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Update: June 2012