Fine silver is a beautiful addition to any household, whether its heirloom silver that has been handed done from generation to generation or new additions that were received as wedding gifts. To keep your finest silver looking its best for years to come, follow our “Do’s and Do Not’s of Caring for Silver.”
DO wash and dry silver by hand. When drying fine silver, be sure to use a soft cloth in order to prevent scratching.
DON’T wash silver in a dishwasher. The detergent and high temperature in dishwashers is too abrasive for fine silver and may leave a dull, non-reflective surface on the silver.
DO clean silver promptly after use. By cleaning silver after each use, it reduces the chance of the silver tarnishing.
DON’T expose silver to foods for extended periods of time, especially eggs, mayonnaise and mustard. Foods like this contain sulfur, which is known to corrode and tarnish silver.
DO polish fine silver occasionally, especially if the silver is not frequently used. Occasional polishing of silver helps to prevent bad tarnishing. Be sure to rub a good silver polish in thoroughly and then buff with a soft polishing cloth. Use a little elbow grease to receive the best results!
DON’T use abrasive cleaners on fine silver. There are many specially-formulated polishes and cleaners available made specifically for fine silver. Remember, when using any type of silver cleaner or polish, be sure to follow the instructions carefully and take into consideration the manufacturer’s warnings.
DO store silver appropriately. Wrap silver pieces individually in 2 layers of plastic wrap to keep the silver airtight and reduce tarnishing. Then place in silver storage bags to prevent scratching.
DON’T let fine silver come in contact with any type of rubber whether it be rubber placemats or rubber bands. Rubber is also known to contain sulfur, which can cause corrosion.
For the best silver cleaning, polishing and storing products available at Pioneer Linens by Hagerty, Weiman and the Silver Butler, please visit www.PioneerLinens.com/silvercarefortable.
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