Set your table daily
with silver flatware, it will last forever! Frequent use actually reduces
and develops a glow called patina, which enhances its beauty. Remember to
the pieces you use so the patina develops evenly across different pieces of
should be rinsed immediately after use, especially after contact with any
or corrosive foods such as salt, mayonnaise or eggs.
Don't soak silverware in water overnight. Extended immersion can damage the
Always wash pieces
separately to avoid bumping and scratching. Wash silverware in hot, sudsy
then rinse in clear, hot water. Clean crevices with a worn toothbrush or fine
natural-bristle brush. To avoid spotting, immediately dry the pieces with a
or soft cotton cloth.
Although silverware is considered dishwasher safe, hot temperatures can loosen
hollow handles or dissolve a decorative, oxidized pattern. Keep detergent to a
minimum and remove silverware from the dishwasher before the drying cycle.
put stainless steel and silverware in the same basket; direct contact can
Polish silverware with a soft cotton or flannel cloth and a brand name liquid
or paste silver polish to remove tarnish. Dip polishes are not suggested on
detailed pieces; it will remove an oxidized pattern as well as tarnish. Rub
piece lengthwise; never polish clockwise or with a circular motion as this may
cause scratches. If you use your silverware regularly, expect to polish it just
once or twice a year.
Avoid wrapping silverware in plastic, aluminum foil or newspaper, or binding
with rubber bands, which can result in damage.
Keep all silverware away from dampness and direct sunlight. Even a light bulb
that shines directly on silverware will cause it to tarnish faster than it will
in a dark, dry place.
Store silverware in an air tight silver chest or protective bags made of
proof cloth. To prevent scratching, do not store silverware loose in drawers.
Do not use a drawer that is opened frequently--exposure to air promotes
Avoid storing silverware directly on wood surfaces (especially oak), as wood
contains acids that can mar the finish.
Hint: Create your own silver drawer with a length of tarnish proof fabric. Line
any drawer with the cloth, allowing plenty of overhang. Place a cutlery rack
the drawer. Line the dividers with silver cloth, lay silverware in place, then
fold the extra length of cloth over the top.
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