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Silverware Care: How to Keep it Shining and Gleaming

Although you may only roll out your finest flatware for holidays and other rare special occasions, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t provide it with plenty of TLC. High quality silverware is generally relatively expensive, and usually passed down from generation to generation.

(image from GeorgJensen)

In order to keep it at its gleaming, shining best, take heed of these simple silverware do’s and dont’s —

1) Firstly, do not polish your silverware with just any product as not all compounds are best suited for real silver. Some products may contain a chemical that could react with your silver and cause blemishes and damage. Invest in a high quality silver polish. If your silverware has a wood or other porous part (such as the handle), be careful not to spread the polish onto these areas.

A fancy drawer to keep your silverware

by Dura Supreme Cabinetry

2) Next, never wash your fine silverware in the dish washer. Even if you clean your dishes on the most gentle setting, the silver pieces will clank against each other and cause dents and scratches. To keep your silverware at its best, hand wash each piece with a non-abrasive sponge and dry with a soft and clean cotton towel.

Silverware stored in jars

(image courtesy of Eighteen25)

3) Third, be sure to polish your silverware at the first sign of tarnish – such as a yellowish appearance. By attacking the tarnish immediately, you will be able to restore your silver to its most beautiful look. If you wait too long, your silver may need to be professionally re-plated. In other words, being negligent with your silverware could be a costly mistake.

Fancy silverware in a fancy dining room

by The Interior Edge / Robert Benson Photography

4) Lastly, when storing your silverware, keep it in a soft-lined case to prevent scratching. Always clean and dry your silverware immediately after use and before putting it away to keep it in top condition. While this may seem like a hassle, your silverware will remain sparkling and pristine year after year.

Special drawers in the kitchen for not damaging your silverware

by Divine Kitchens LLC

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