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Superior Shield will keep silver polished for many months

About this time of the year I get many emails about polishing silver. I always ask if the silver is plated or if it is sterling, because it does make a difference. Polishing silver actually removes a small amount of the silver to reveal clean metal underneath.

Plated silver is not all created equal. Some décor pieces are lightly plated, and if you use polish too much, you will remove the silver plating. So always know what you are working with.

A safe cleaner is one that says “mild.” If you have silver plate, look for a cleaner that lists that specifically on the label. I like Wrights’s and Howard’s Silver Polish. Both of these products mention safe on silver plating. If you have sterling, you can use a stronger formula. But those smell so bad. If polishing silver is not your favorite job, let me remind you about Superior Shield.

Superior Shield was invented by Robert Diffendorf. He revolutionized the marine industry by inventing a superior coating for the teak on his boat. What is great is that you can also use that product on metal, like your silver décor pieces. Spraying those pieces with Superior Shield will keep them looking polished for many, many months.

We have a silver-plated piece that we polished at the store. On one side we sprayed it with Superior Shield. The other side we didn’t. In a couple of months, the unprotected side was tarnished. The side that was sprayed with Superior Shield still looked like it had just been polished. That protection lasted for several years.

But what about other uses? If you have a front door handle that you have to polish, protect it with Superior Shield. And older brass bed, trays and lanterns are all protected with a coat of

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Harwick Homes honored with three silver Aurora awards

Wilson Creative Group, Special to Naples Daily News
Published 6:01 a.m. ET Oct. 3, 2020

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Harwick Homes was recently recognized with three Silver Aurora Awards for two of its Naples residences. The Florida Home Builders Association bestowed honors to Harwick’s Mediterra and Caxambas Bay projects for Best Custom Home 6,000-8,000 Square Feet; the Mediterra project also received a Silver Aurora Award for Best Interior Detailing of a Home priced over $2 million. The Caxambas Bay project is located on Marco Island.

The Aurora Awards program is affiliated with the Florida Home Builders Association (FHBA) and the Southeast Building Conference (SEBC), one of two regional trade shows recognized by and affiliated with the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Aurora Awards are presented annually to outstanding builders, planners, architects, developers, designers, interior merchandisers and other housing-related professionals. Residential and commercial construction professionals actively involved in projects located in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and the Eastern Caribbean are eligible to participate.

Recipient of the Silver Aurora Award for Best Custom Home 6,000 to 8,000 square feet, the Caxambas Bay project is a private residence built on a two-acre site overlooking Marco Island’s Caxambas Bay. A comfortable yet sophisticated haven paying homage to the land’s beauty and cultural history, the home’s island tropical style is an open plan mixing classic Old Florida and coastal twists. Details including lap siding, tongue-and-groove driftwood ceilings, corner brackets and exposed rafter tails all emulate architectural features of Old Florida homes. Soft neutral hues with shades of aqua create serene coastal flair. A stately exterior, roof and driveway of dark charcoal ground the

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