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Silver's beauty increases with use and age. Just as our wisdom increases with age. Wouldn¡¦t it be great if advancing years increased our charm? Unfortunately, that is not the case. However, handling over the years brings about a soft sheen, a patina that is very desirable on our silverware.

The air will tarnish silver, and especially damp moist weather. It needs to be stored carefully. Keep silver away from any rubber product. Rubber affects it by corroding it noticeably by eating away at the metal and only a specialist could possibly repair the etching it causes. Think about the storage that you may be using, some have rubber seals or rubber floor coverings. Avoid rubber bands!

Some of our food items we use normally do not coincide well with silver. It is a good idea to line your silver bowels with glass or plastic. Vinegar, eggs, table salt, salad dressing, and fruit juices will damage with direct contact. The acid produced by fruit and flowers as they decay will cause corrosion. Although flowers and fruit look beautiful in silver, we should line the receptacles.

-No harsh abrasive should be used to clean silver since it will cause definite scratching.
-When not using silver store in chest lined with flannel or plastic bags that are airtight.
-Hard items like knife blades or other metals will damage silver by scratching if in contact. Handle carefully and do not crowd when washing.
-Do not leave food standing for long periods in silver, as the acid in some foods will stain.

Cleaning:
Do not allow dry dishwasher detergent to touch flatware it will cause dark spots.
Wash is warm soapy water rinse and dry right away.
Hollowware should not stand in sudsy water for long periods it may loosen the weld.
Washing by hand is recommended thus allowing enhancement of the patina by handling and rubbing.

Washing using dishwasher;
Use a rinse agent this will discourage drops forming which causes spotting.
If washing stainless steel flatware with silver be sure to separate them as the harder stainless steel could damage the silver.
Remove silverware immediately after the last rinsing and towel dry.