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Housekeeping: Polishing Your Silver
Give your sterling silver flatware and serving pieces a brilliant shine with a little polish.
After each use, wash your silver in warm, soapy water. Keep the pieces out of the dishwasher -- it will strip the patina over time. But if some well-meaning family member runs your silver through once or twice, don't worry about it.
If it begins to tarnish, however, there are easy ways to restore a gorgeous luster. And remember, the buildup of tarnish in the crevasses of silver isn't called gunk, it's called patina.