The Day I Put My Arthur Court in the Dishwasher

Yes, it happens to the best of us. We’re rocking along, cleaning the kitchen after a party, when we grab our beautiful Arthur Court platter that has just been used as a cheese tray or whatever. We rinse it and without thinking we put it in the dishwasher with the wine glasses and serving utensils. It’s metal, right? Metal washes.

The horror doesn’t set in until you unload the dishwasher. That’s when you find this dull, grey, chalky metallic plate that makes your fingernails want to retreat into your cuticles. And then you realize what it is – or dare I say, what it used to be. Your beloved platter, likely a wedding gift or such, is only barely recognizable as you turn the piece over in your hands, reading the back of it in complete self-loathing: Hand Wash Only.

Mine was a small tray, given to me by the builder of my house and his wife on the occasion of my house-warming party. It is suitably themed with magnolia blossoms – perfect for my Louisiana kitchen. I keep it near my stovetop as a place to rest spoons and ladles. Then one day I ran it through the dishwasher and thought it would never be the same again.

I did the same thing you’re doing. I Googled for help. I sought the wisdom and reassurance of other Arthur Court owners that my tray could be restored. I went to the store and purchased everything they said to buy: Bar Keeper’s Friend, Bon Ami, baking soda. I tried it all. I barely got any change in color with the use of the scrubs. I tried for a solid week, sick over the fact that I had been so careless in the first place. I tried pewter cleaners. I tried Naambi cleaners. I used silver cleaner, thinking – at the very least – it couldn’t get any worse. But it didn’t get any better, either. The tray remained a dark, matte, lifeless charcoal color.

OK, if you’re here on purpose, then you want to know if anything at all worked on my tray, and the answer is yes. And it was the simplest thing. An SOS pad. For real. The solution costs all of, what, 29 cents? It didn’t make it good-as-new immediately, but brought a little bit of shine back, and a significant amount of hope. So I continued to scrub my tray with an SOS pad every time I thought about it, which was each night when I was loading the dishwasher. Within a few scrubs, the tray looked good enough to display on the counter once more. It has since resumed both its usefulness as a spoon rest and its charm as a decoration. It is not exactly as it was in the beginning, but there are no longer as many dark grey splotches or streaks.  It shines again and that is certainly good enough for me. I scrub it with an SOS pad every time I clean the kitchen now, and I swear it gets shinier each time.

The photo shows my tray as it looks now.  No, I did not take a photo of it when it was awful and dull.  I was too heartbroken.  May your Arthur Court restoration be successful!

Buona fortuna!!


6 Comments on The Day I Put My Arthur Court in the Dishwasher

  1. Felicia
    August 22, 2016 at 9:20 pm (2 years ago)

    I’m so glad to read there’s hope! I did the same exact thing….and felt the same way. How could I be so careless? I’m going to give an SOS pad a try. Thank you!

  2. ashley webster
    January 16, 2017 at 11:11 pm (1 year ago)

    It worked!!! Thank you! Never would have been brace enough to use steel wool had you not shared your story.

  3. Marge
    January 23, 2017 at 11:08 am (1 year ago)

    Wait, I cannot fathom it being so sthafgrtiorward.

  4. Sara
    March 4, 2017 at 4:49 pm (1 year ago)

    Ditto Ashley!! Thank you for hope. Ive scubbed once and now at least can pick it up without getting the nails-on-the-chalkboard feeling. lol I’m very optimistic! Thank you for sharing.

  5. Shawnebabe
    May 29, 2017 at 8:57 pm (11 months ago)

    OMG….. I am running out NOW to get a box of SOS! I packed one of my trays away before a move 2 years ago and only the NON dishwashered AC made it out again, until NOW! :)

  6. Randal Robinson
    March 19, 2018 at 3:20 am (1 month ago)

    Brillo pad worked on the spoons I accidentally put through the dishwasher, but left them slightly dull with fine scratches. Then used a Dremel Tool with a buffing drum and buffing compound. This removed the fine scratches and left the surface very bright and looking like silver. They are even brighter than the bowl they came with, though I expect the finish will dull somewhat as the oxide builds up.


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