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Caring for Quadruple Silver
by Bob Brooke
process of silver plating is done by electroplating a thin layer of
silver over a stronger and usually less expensive base metal. With
its silver finish, improved durability and pricing that was more
affordable than pure silver pieces, quadruple silver plate soared in
popularity during the late 19th century.
Rinse quadruple silver plate in warm water immediately after use to
remove the acids from foods such as eggs, mayonnaise, salt, mustard,
lemon juice and other fruits that can cause discoloration or
Hand-wash quadruple silver plate in warm, soapy water using Dawn
Dish Detergent rather than putting it in the dishwasher. Do not use
citrus-scented dish soap when washing quadruple silver plate,
because the citric acid may damage the silver plating. And do not
soak quadruple silver plate in water, as prolonged immersion can
damage the finish of the silver plating.
Dry quadruple silver plate immediately using a soft,
100-percent-cotton dishtowel. Avoid allowing quadruple silver plate
items to drip dry in a dish rack, as this can cause unsightly water
spots to form on the surface.
Wrap quadruple silver plate in tarnish-resistant silver cloth and
store in a cool, dry cabinet when not in use.
Polish quadruple silver plate periodically using a commercial silver
polishing product such as Wright's or Weiman silver cream. Apply the
silver polish to your quadruple silver plate using a soft,
100-percent-cotton dishtowel or a jersey knit rag. Use the silver
polishing product according to package instructions for best
Do not use citrus-scented dish soap when washing quadruple silver plate,
because the citric acid may damage the silver plating.
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