How to Preserve Silver

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Keep your real silver items looking great so they will retain their beauty for years to come. Silverware, candlesticks or candelabras and jewelry can be preserved if taken care of properly. Treat silver heirlooms with care and they will last longer. Be careful with what comes into contact with your silver items. Silver can be easily scratched and does tarnish if not cared for properly. It's simple to preserve silver items with just a few steps.

Things You'll Need

  • Liquid dish soap
  • Soft, lint free cloth
  • Silver polish
  • Cotton gloves
  • Silver pouch made of cotton or flannel
  • Get the silver out of storage and use it in your daily life. Why keep silver locked away when it is meant to be seen. Don't use it for special occasions only. Using your silver regularly prevents tarnish from building up, and can add something special to a normal day.

  • Clean silver gently after regular use. All you need to keep real silver clean is a mild liquid dish soap and water. However, make sure the silver is not allowed to air dry. Hand dry the silver pieces with a lint free, soft cloth.

  • Touch silver things with care. If you're going to be handling your silver a lot, put on some cotton gloves. This will keep silver from getting heavily fingerprinted or scratched and protect the finish of the silver.

  • Polish silver whenever it's starting to look a little battered. Make sure the polish that you are using is gentle and not abrasive, and it should be meant for silver only. Don't overpolish silver. Only use commercial polishing products when the silver looks like it needs it. Polish can be wiped away with a lint free cloth.

  • Place silver items you aren't using in a special pouch or cloth. This pouch can be made of flannel or a soft cotton. There are some special bags that are made simply for holding silver. This will protect the silver and keep it from the elements when you are not using the silver.

Tips & Warnings

  • Keep salt away from silver, as salt can be very harmful to silver and cause unwanted scratches.

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