Product Care

"When it’s properly maintained, silver improves with age and develops a lush patina. Treat your silver well, care for it properly, and it will reward you with a life-long lustrous look."

Silver Care tips:

• Always wear cotton gloves when you’re handling silver and silver plate products. (Rubber gloves contain sulphur, which creates more tarnish.)

• Every time a tarnished item is cleaned, a minute layer of silver is removed. When you’re cleaning something fine, it’s important not to rub too fiercely. 

• Cleaning silver in a dishwasher is not advised, as the heat and harsh detergents will eventually whiten the silver. Instead, hand-wash the pieces with a non-lemon-scented phosphate-free detergent and dry them immediately to avoid spotting. Never put stainless steel and silver in water at the same time. If you do, your silver will turn black! 

• Do not cut food on a silver or silverplated tray. Cutting lines will decrease the object's value.

Silver storage tips:

Silver used on a daily basis will require little or no polishing, however if your silver spends time in storage, it’s likely to tarnish. Tarnish is caused by contact with sulfur compounds, mainly hydrogen sulfide in the air. To minimize tarnishing:

• Avoid storing silver in/on wooden, newspaper, non-archival cardboard boxes, felt, wool and rubber surfaces as they contain acids that react to the metal.

• Always store your silver in a dry environment.

• Wrap each piece in non-buffered tissue paper (acid-free) or soft anti-tarnish tissue, place it in a polyethylene bag such as a Ziploc, toss in a 3M Anti–Tarnish Strip or new silica gel packet, and seal the bag. This will provide some protection against changes in relative humidity and create a barrier against tarnish-producing gases. Another option is to wrap the object in a sulfur-absorbing cloth. (Never wrap your Silver in a plastic sealable bag without an anti-Tarnish strip/silica gel packet, condensation will most likely occur and heavily tarnish your silver.

Cleaning the inside of a Silver coffee/tea pot:

• If the pot opening is large enough; use a cellulose sponge (or cotton swab). Moisten the sponge and apply a small amount of Wright’s Silver Cream, then wipe away the stain and rinse the pot thoroughly with warm water. 

• If you can’t adequately clean the interior manually, fill the pot with warm water and drop in one five-minute denture cleaning tablet per two cups of water. Let stand for ten minutes, empty, and then rinse with warm water. You may find that the effervescing action of the tablets may just break the contact between the stain and the silver and not lift the residue. If this occurs, use a wet brush to remove the loosened residue and rinse with warm water.

• Don’t use powdered abrasive cleaners, as they will impart fine scratches which will attract more dirt. Don’t use steel wool or scouring pads (too abrasive). NEVER use silver dips (too toxic). 

(For more ideas visit: http://www.silversmithing.com/)

Pewter Care:

Pewter normally gives the appearance of a soft lustrous metal in either highly polished or matt satin finish. Pewter normally mellows with age, but should you wish to return it to its original high polish, a reputable brand of liquid polish should be used. Always clean with a soft cloth to avoid deep scratch marks. Finger marks can be easily removed by rubbing with methylated spirits.

Baby Cups

• Thoroughly wash inside using a solution of clean, warm water and several drops of washing-up liquid and then rinse thoroughly with clean water before first use.

• Not suitable for use in a dishwasher.

• Pewterware has a low melting point and should not be used in conjunction with any type of stove or heat source, otherwise serious damage will occur.

Flasks

• Thoroughly wash inside using a solution of clean, warm water and several drops of liquid dish detergent and then rinse thoroughly with clean water before first use.

• Always keep your flask clean on the outside, and when you have used one filling of spirit, clean the inside of the flask as mentioned above, for hygienic reasons.

• Spirit can be retained in the flask as long as you require and the quality will be maintained as if it had been in a glass bottle.

• Pewter spirit flasks are not suitable for use with soda water or carbonated drinks.

• Not suitable for use in a dishwasher.

• Pewterware has a low melting point and should not be used in conjunction with any type of stove or heat source, otherwise serious damage will occur.

Tips on Fur Care

Proper care will ensure the long life of a fur.

• Fur should be kept away from any direct sun light or heat source. 

• Fur must be cleaned once a year in order to keep the leather supple and the fur silky and shiny. Reconditioning helps to restore the sheen and luster to the fur and helps to keep the item from wearing or splitting. Have it cleaned by a fur specialist, not a dry cleaner.

• If the fur gets wet, shake off the precipitation and hang it up to dry away from direct or excessive heat. However, if the fur gets soaked through to the leather - immediately bring it to a furrier to be professionally treated. 

• Never place fur in vinyl or plastic bags for more than transporting for a very short period of time. 

• For longer term storage information consult a local fur cleaner.