You can significantly increase the life of your products by taking proper care of them. This set comes coated with lacquer that helps keep them be tarnish-free. Use a soft, moist cloth to gently clean them. Do not scrub or use detergent. Lacquer coat lasts for about 6 months in coastal areas and 2 years in other areas. After that if required for polishing “Silvo” ( a polish for real silverware) can be used. Silverware oxidizes on exposure to the atmosphere over time, and eventually darkens and acquires a patina, which is a charm on its own – giving it n antique look, “Silvo” polish can be used to give the shine back.