How to Clean Flatware

Caring for silver has a reputation for being a difficult and tedious process, but it doesn�t need to be that way. Here are a few quick and easy tips to make your silver look great without taking up too much of your time.

- The easiest way to keep your silver clean is to use it everyday; the more you use your silver, the less you will need to polish it and the less it will tarnish

- Use a non-lemon scented, phosphate-free detergent when cleaning your silver

- Wash and dry your silver after each use - foods like eggs, ketchup, salt, and salad dressing will tarnish your silver

- Use either a soft flannel cloth, a lined wooden storage box or airtight Tupperware to store your silver

- When polishing a large silver piece, hold it by the base and avoid putting pressure on parts that extend out, such as the spout of a teapot or the arm of a candelabrum

- Silver dips do remove tarnish, but they also have the tendency to leave a yellowish residue

- Darkened areas in the crevices of intricate vintage designs add depth and character; they should not be polished away