Are you planning a move? Or, do you just need to put your silver somewhere out of the way for a while? If so, you need to figure out how to properly store it.
While it’s unrealistic to think you are going to use your sliver items every day, you don’t want anything to happen to them while they aren’t being used. Keep reading for some tips to ensure your sliver remains safe and as tarnish-free as possible.
Understand the Enemy: Silver Sulfide
When someone makes the statement that there is a buildup of sliver sulfide on their silverware or another silver item, it’s a fancier way to say the item is tarnished. Tarnish is the discoloration or black film that can develop and cover sliver over time, making it dull and discolored, rather than beautiful and shiny.
There’s no way to wash tarnish off using soap and water, since it is the result of a chemical reaction between the silver item and sulfur, or items that contain sulfur, such as rubber, felt, wool, water, or air.
The only way you can really remove the tarnish is by polishing it away. However, it’s not a good idea to polish the sliver too often for several reasons. First, it’s a tedious job and when you polish your sliver it actually takes some sliver off so it should only be done only when necessary. At the most, try not to polish your sliver more than one to two times per year.
Now that you know the enemy, it’s time to get to know the right way to pack away your silver items.
Hand-Wash Each Piece
The first step in preparing your silver for storage is to hand wash each piece using a mild soap. Don’t use any type of lemon-scented detergent. Once the items are washed, you can dry each one with a soft flannel cloth and allow the sliver to cool. After it is cooled adequately, polish each of the pieces with a traditional type of sliver polish. This will help protect your sliver for the duration of the amount of time it is spent in moving boxes or storage.
Wrap or Roll Each Item
The best way to do this is by using specialty cloth pouches you can find at online sliver retailers. Another option is to use low-sulfur paper, but this should only be used on a short-term basis. You can usually get this type of specialty paper from moving companies. Never use plastic bags or newspaper, as the sulfur contained in those items can result in tarnishing. Make sure you roll each piece of your sliver to prevent scratches.
Pack the Silver
Put your cleaned and rolled silver in the box or chest you have available. There are specialty boxes you can purchase with individual compartments for smaller bundles of items. Be sure that you fill in any empty space in the box using newspaper or bubble wrap, but make sure these filler materials don’t come in direct contact with the silver.
Wrap the Box or Chest
If you are storing your sliver away for a long period, then it is a good idea to wrap the box or chest in bubble wrap. However, if you are only putting it away for a short period, a sheet or large towel will be sufficient.
Keeping Your Silver Safe
If you have sliver items that you have to store for a long or short period, then be sure to use the tips and steps found here. Doing so will help ensure that your sliver remains safe from tarnish and damage free for the duration of the time that it is stored away. Being informed is the best way to ensure that your silver looks great, regardless of how long you have to put it in storage.
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