How to maintain your sacred vessels

Many of our customers ask us how they should take care of their tabernacles, sacred vessels, and other precious metalwork. This is a really important question, because Our Lord deserves the cleanest and most beautiful home possible! 

Not to mention, you’ve made a serious investment in beautiful liturgical goods, and we want to help you protect it. Whether your metalwork was done by Granda or another company, these tips should go a long way towards preserving your liturgical appointments for generations to come.

Many metal cleaning solutions available in stores claim to be totally safe and free of harsh chemicals. However, they have been known to cause degradation and tarnishing of gold and silver.

Luckily, our suggestion is really easy. We recommend breathing gently onto the object, creating a little fog on the surface, and then wiping with a soft, 100% cotton cloth. If there is any visible “grain” in the finish— if it is brushed metal, for example — be sure to wipe with the grain.

Finally, if you’ve already been using some cleaning solutions and they’ve left behind some gunky residue inside the ornamentation on your vessels, don’t worry. We recommend using a Q-Tip to remove it. If that doesn’t work, you might try soaking the Q-Tip in acetone or alcohol to help loosen things up. Some of our clients have also had success using one of the little bulbs for baby boogers to either blow out or vacuum up the residue.

We recommend cotton cloths instead of polyester microfiber. Although microfiber is great at picking up dust, its synthetic fibers can eventually cause tiny scratches or other problems that will reduce the lifespan and the beauty of your vessels.

It is best to limit how much you touch the silver and gold with your bare hands. Obviously, this is unavoidable to some extent — the products are made to be used, after all! But natural oils and acids from our skin can cause gradual oxidization and deterioration of the metal, so we recommend limiting this type of contact as much as is reasonable. (Personally, I think it is a praiseworthy custom for the laity to wear gloves if they are handling consecrated vessels.)

With these tips and some very gentle cleaning, your precious objects should be treasures for generations to come!

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