how do you keep silver plate from tarnishing?
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You can also get some anti-tarnish strips to put in the bag.
Posted at 8:22 pm Mar 26, 2008 EDT
If you don't want to polish silver (or silver-plate), store your silver in Pacific silvercloth!
What causes tarnish? Technically, hydrogen sulfide and sulphur dioxide. In other words, sulphur containing compounds in the air. High humidity levels will also accelerate the formation of tarnish. Some examples of tarnish-causing elements include paints, fabrics containing wool or felt, rubber bands, latex gloves, and foods containing eggs, onions, or citrus.
Authentic Pacific Silvercloth is always brown because the embedded silver particles will catch the gases that would otherwise tarnish the silver articles inside.
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Posted at 8:49 pm Mar 26, 2008 EDT
Keeping oxygen and moisture away is the best thing you can do. I find ordinary ziplock bags or small containers do a very good job.
In terms of cleaning, it sounds like you'd find silver dip far easier, especially for findings - you just throw the pieces into the solution and a few seconds later pull them out and the tarnish should be gone.
Posted at 8:54 pm Mar 26, 2008 EDT