• Always lay flatware on its side in a divided drawer or storage chest. When flatware is stored in a stacked position, the weight of the top pieces scratches the bottom pieces.
• To clean the crevices of silver: dip a soft brush, such as old toothbrush, into silver polish. Wash the article in hot soapy water, rinse, and wipe with a soft cloth that will not scratch the surface.
• Toothpaste is a safe “polish” for silver if you ran out of silver polish
• Do not use silver dip, except between fork tines: silver dip is very handy in certain emergencies, but ideally it should be used very sparingly. The chemical composition of silver dip reacts with the metallic structure of silver and leaves a dull white finish (which is removable with silver polish). It also removes the black tarnish used as a decorative tool to accent the deep recesses in silver ornamentation and engraving (on silverware with a decorative design)
• Remove wax from silver: on silver candlesticks, place in fridge and break off the wax. Any remaining wax should be washed off with hot soapy water.


• Vermeil is gold-plated silver. Both of these are soft metals and easily scratches. Hand wash only and wipe with flour sack cloth. Gold does not tarnish and vermeil is resistant to acid and stains.
• Gold electroplate is a base metal covered with gold, but surface scratches easily. Hand wash only
• Stainless steel is a hard metal that does not rust, stains less and retains high luster – can be placed in dishwasher
• Pewter is a soft alloy, prone to dents and scratches. Hand wash only and dry with flour sack cloth. Never throw on top of each other.