First of all, avoid overcleaning.
Regular, 'gentle' dusting is preferable to infrequent, over-zealous cleaning!
Ensure you use a clean, cotton cloth or feather duster.
If the item isn't too tarnished, 'harring' with your breath and rubbing with a clean cloth should suffice to remove dust and minor marks such as light fingerprints.
AC Silver would recommend wadding, such as Silvo Silver Polish Wadding made by Duraglit, for cleaning most items. A clean cotton cloth for the final polish is essential to complete the task effectively.
To protect hallmarks from wear due to polishing, cover the hallmarks with a sliver of sticky tape when polishing any item where the hallmark is exposed. This provides appropriate temporary protection. Remove the sticky tape after polishing.
As part of AC Silver's approach to all aspects of our high level service, specialised cleaning cloths and silver storage bags are supplied free of charge with items purchased.
The washable microfibre cloths are specifically designed for jewellery cleaning.
The fine grade, impregnated polishing cloths are designed for cleaning silver and gold items.
The cloths are supplied in various sizes relating to the item(s) purchased.
The quality silver storage bags are designed to not only protect your treasured items, but to significantly reduce tarnishing.
Here at AC Silver we regularly post cleaning hints and tips on our Blog, which you can find here.
If used regularly, silver flatware will give you pleasure for many, many years.
Frequent use actually reduces tarnish and develops a patina, which enhances its beauty.
Remember, however, to rotate pieces used to enable even patination to each item of cutlery.
Silver flatware should be rinsed shortly after use, especially after contact with any acidic or corrosive foods such as salt, mayonnaise or eggs.
Don't soak silverware in water overnight - extended immersion can damage the metal.
Wash silverware in hot, sudsy water, then rinse in clean, hot water.
Clean any crevices with an old toothbrush.
To avoid spotting, dry the flatware imediately with a soft cotton cloth.
Although silver flatware may be washed in the dishwasher, keep detergent to a minimum.
Never put stainless steel and silverware in the same basket as direct contact between such pieces may cause damage to the silver.
All canteens sold by AC Silver may be washed in the dishwasher if the advice above is followed.