If you're the proud owner of a silver or silver-plated cup or trophy, you're sure to want to keep it on display.
Exposure to air and being kept in humid conditions can cause silver to tarnish faster though, so it's best to place your award in a glass cabinet. This also means that it will be less likely to come into contact with other harmful substances, such as smoke or water, or become coated with dust. Placing a little desiccated silica gel in the cabinet will help to prevent silver-damaging moisture from collecting there too.
If you need to store a silver award away in a cupboard, garage or attic, for example, you can protect it by wrapping it in tissue paper and sealing it within a bag made from polythene. Take care not to use anything that could react with the metal and damage it, such as elastic bands or newspaper.
If you spot any fingerprints or greasy marks on your trophy, remove them straightaway, using a polishing cloth. You should also polish your award thoroughly about once a month, moving the cloth across the silver in straight lines, in a single direction. Don't use polishing cream unless the metal is already tarnished, and make sure that any you do apply is new and specifically designed for use on silver.
Avoid wearing latex gloves when touching your award, and never use any abrasive brush, cloth or cleaning product on it.