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Old 04-16-2009, 08:25 PM
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How do I get these silverware marks off my dishes?

I have a set of Calvin Klein dishes (Graffiti).I have silverware from Pottery Barn. Problem is that my plates get these silver/gray marks on themólots. My question is, how can I get it off. The seem to lessen over time in the dishwasher, but they're still noticeable. It seems like something would take it off. But a green scrubie with dish detergent doesn't do it. Is it the result of cheap silverware? Or are stoneware-like dishes just a bad idea?

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Old 04-16-2009, 10:30 PM
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Have another drink and forget about it.
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Old 04-17-2009, 03:06 AM
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Have another drink and forget about it.
Uhh...thanks.

Anyone else?
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Old 04-17-2009, 03:47 AM
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A mild abrasive will usually do the trick; try a paste of baking soda and water. Other tricks include toothpaste, pencil eraser, Bartender's Friend, Pfaltzgraff china cleaner, and #0000 steel wool.
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Old 04-17-2009, 09:16 AM
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A mild abrasive will usually do the trick; try a paste of baking soda and water. Other tricks include toothpaste, pencil eraser, Bartender's Friend, Pfaltzgraff china cleaner, and #0000 steel wool.
Thank you. I'll try these suggestions. Anyone else have experience with this problem?
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Old 04-17-2009, 10:20 AM
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No experience, sorry, but the mention of a pencil eraser brought to mind an art gum eraser. I'd be inclined to try that before moving on to toothpaste and steel wool.
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Old 04-17-2009, 11:03 AM
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I used toothpaste and a soft cloth with good results when I was cleaning up collectable dishes for sale on eBay.
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Old 04-17-2009, 11:09 AM
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You may want to try some Vitamin C which will remove iron staining. (I'm assuming the marks are from iron in the stainless steel.) Crush a Vitamin C tablet in an once or so of warm, not hot, water. Dissolve what you can. Pour the solution into the plate and see if the stains go away. You can try rubbing with your finger as well. If this is going to work, you'll see results in minutes.
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Old 04-17-2009, 12:15 PM
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If light abrasion is the tactic, I recommend using a Magic Eraser (or generic equivalent).
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Old 04-17-2009, 12:40 PM
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Great suggestions, guys. I'll be trying them this weekend.
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Old 04-17-2009, 01:19 PM
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Barkeeper's Friend is what you need. A little sprinkle of this on a damp sponge and some light rubbing will take off pretty much anything that's not an actual scratch in the dish.

I can say from experience that other powdered cleansers such as Comet are nowhere near as effective as BKF. If your local grocery store doesn't have it, try the housewares section of a hardware store or Bed bath & Beyond.
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Old 04-17-2009, 01:39 PM
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You may want to try some Vitamin C which will remove iron staining. (I'm assuming the marks are from iron in the stainless steel.)
Citric acid will also remove iron stains. I've used it to remove iron stains from my own dishes. If you can get it, citric acid is also cheaper than vitamin C.
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