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Keep silver shining

Here's how to keep your sterling silver gleaming for, and after, the holidays:

Rinse silver immediately after use. Soaking it in water for an extended period can damage the metal.

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Wash silver in hot, soapy water and rinse in hot, clear water, and dry immediately. Wash flatware pieces by themselves to avoid scratches.

If using a dishwasher, remove silver before the drying cycle and hand-dry it. Excessive heat can cause damage. Avoid detergents that are lemon-scented or contain chlorides, which damage silver.

Wash silver separately from stainless steel.

Store sterling in an airtight silver chest or in protective cloth bags.

Source: Reed and Barton Silversmiths

(c) Copyright 1999. The Christian Science Publishing Society

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