How to polish your shoes and have them shining

Shiny shoes

If you’re working as a member of private household staff, it’s very likely that you will be asked to fulfil a host of tasks during your role – one of which being polishing shoes. It may seem fairly straightforward, however getting it right is well and truly an enviable skill. As a helping hand, here’s our guide on how to get a pair of shoes shining each and every time.

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Three Top Tips to perfectly iron a shirt

Iron

As a member of staff in a private household, one of the most important jobs you’re likely to conduct on a day-to-day basis is ironing. It’s a skill you will want to master fairly quickly to ensure that all your employer’s clothes are to the standard they will expect. To help you get it right every time, here’s our top three tips for ironing a shirt perfectly.

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Silver cleaning products you’ve probably never considered

Silver PlatterWhile silver items are some of the most beautiful valuables found in anyone’s home, the reality is that they have to be cleaned regularly in order for them to look their best. Unfortunately silver is one of the hardest materials to clean; if you use the wrong method,it could result in lasting and irreversible damage. With this in mind, here are some safe and effective methods of cleaning silver that you might not be aware off.

Baking soda, salt and vinegar

Although some cleaning products used by private household staff can cost a small fortune, there are plenty of effective recipes that you can make at home which cost next to nothing. Perhaps the easiest example of all uses boiling water, 1 tbsp baking soda, 1 tbsp white salt, ½ cup of white vinegar and a sheet of tin foil.

Firstly boil the water, and while you wait line the bottom of the bowl with the tin foil, placing it with the shiny side up. Now add the salt and baking soda and pour in the vinegar, mixing everything together until the salt and baking soda have dissolved. Now add the boiling water and drop your pieces of silver in one by one and let them sit for a while. After a few minutes, take them out and buff gently with a polishing cloth. If you have larger ornaments, why not increase the mixture and use a bucket instead of a bowl?

Toothpaste

Among the most peculiar cleaning methods for silver, toothpaste is effective for buffing ornaments and jewellery to their brilliant best. You won’t need a toothbrush for this; all you have to do is squeeze a dab of toothpaste onto the item that needs a good clean and start massaging the toothpaste in using a cotton cloth or paper towel. Use the toothpaste sparingly until the desired area is shiny and rinse off before patting dry – you will be amazed at the results!

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