How to Store Silver Serving Dishes

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Silver serving dishes are those special pieces that people typically use a few times a year on holidays or occasions. Often, these heirloom dishes have sentimental value that far surpasses even the monetary value of the silver. Keep your silver serving dishes safe and sound by storing them properly. Proper storage will also minimize tarnish, which will reduce the polishing necessary prior to using the serving dishes.

Things You'll Need

  • Silver serving dishes
  • Glass hutch or cabinet
  • White tissue paper
  • Anti-tarnish paper
  • Dish soap
  • Tarnish-resistant cloth
  • Cotton string
  • Scissors

Short-term Storage

  • Wash the silver serving dishes in soapy water. Rinse with clean, warm water.

  • Store silver dishes in a glass hutch or cabinet to slow the tarnishing process. This storage method allows for display and slowing the tarnish at the same time.

  • Wrap silver dishes in the tarnish-resistant cloth to reduce tarnish more. Wrap the cloth around the entire dish to minimize its exposure to the air.

  • Place the silver dishes in a drawer lined with tarnish-resistant cloth for another storage option that will minimize tarnish on the dishes.

Long-term Storage

  • Wash the silver dishes in soapy water. Rinse with clean, warm water.

  • Wrap the silver dishes in two or three layers of tissue paper as you would wrap a gift. Wrap the silver dishes in a layer of anti-tarnish paper immediately over the tissue paper, in the same fashion.

  • Tie the anti-tarnish paper around the silver dishes with the cotton string, just as you would tie ribbon around a gift. This will secure the silver dishes for long-term storage.

  • Place the wrapped dishes into a cupboard or drawer to further decrease the amount of oxygen around the silver dishes.

Tips & Warnings

  • Avoid having to clean your silver pieces as often by using them frequently. This will reduce tarnish.
  • It is important that silver dishes and cutlery always be stored when they are impeccably clean. Any food or dirt on the silver may cause damage to the silver finish. Never secure the wraps around silver with rubber bands because the rubber bands will lead to permanent damage of the silver items.

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