The holidays may be one of the few times of year when you pull out your fancy silverware and serving platters. So I thought it's about time I give you the lowdown on how to care for your silver. I consulted the experts, the Society of American Silversmiths, for their tips and precautions on silver care. From how to clean your silver to how to remove tarnish, I've got it all. I covered the dos, and now I'm on to the don'ts!
- Don't put your silver in the dishwasher! The heat and harsh detergents can cause the silver to whiten, the patinas to be removed, black spots to appear, and the blades of knives to be damaged.
- Don't cut food on silver trays or plates. Knives will damage the silver, not to mention decrease its value.
- Don't wash silverplated items too vigorously; this can cause the plating to be removed.
- Don't store your silver in a humid environment.
See a few more don'ts of silver care.
- Don't let your silver come into contact with a metal sink; this can cause scratches.
- Don't let tarnish stand for too long before removing. The darker it gets, the more likely a polish will be needed, which is abrasive.
- Don't use silver polishes that have dried up; they will harm your silver.
- Don't ever clean your silver with steel wool!
- Don't display or store your silver on a dusty or grimy surface.