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Sterling Silver is a term used to specify that the metal contains at least 925 parts of silver to 75 parts of copper. Pure silver is rarely used, as it is too soft. The term "Sterling" is derived from an English penny, coined in the Middle Ages. "Sterling" became the standard for British coins. Unfortunately, there is no magic formula for keeping silver bright. Metalurgists have worked for years to produce a stainless silver, but without luck so far. So if you want your silver to look its best you are going to have to give it a reasonable amount of care.
Wash you silver promptly after each use with hot suds. Rinse in hot water and dry immediately. If you follow this procedure, you won't have to polish often. When using your silverware, rotate it in daily use so that the finish will mellow uniformly. Wear Cape Cod® Touch-Up Gloves when setting the table or whenever handling silver items to ensure against fingerprints and light tarnish. Silver does not have to be polished each time it is used.
There are several methods of cleaning tarnished silver but hand rubbing them with a pre-moistened Cape Cod® Metal Polishing Cloth is best. The cloths have been impregnated with a very gentle polish in exactly the right amounts. They leave no excess in crevices as pastes or liquids do. To polish your silver, take time to do it carefully. To protect your hands wear gloves if you like. Rub each piece briskly, but not hard, using even, straight strokes. Wipe dry with a Cape Cod® Buffing Cloth or soft paper towel. You may wash flatware and other pieces you eat from in a mild detergent after polishing.

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