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Anti-Tarnish Strips

When you’re preparing for a special dinner, the last thing you want to do is spend the day polishing silver. Today, Martha shares a few of her secrets to keep all of your silver practically tarnish-free.

Sulpher, salts, and other caustic elements and gases in the air cause tarnishing and harmful pitting. Martha stores her silver in Kenized® cloth drawer liners. Kenized cloth is 100%-cotton flannel; the active compound is zinc carbonate, which creates a natural barrier that keeps tarnish-producing elements and gases from reaching the silver.

Adding anti-tarnish strips to the drawer along with the liners makes for the perfect combination. These paper strips contain an active absorption ingredient that is completely nontoxic. The strips absorb airborne pollutants that cause silver to tarnish. In a resealable bag, the strips can keep silver tarnish-free for up to twelve months, and in an airtight plastic container, the strips can protect for up to twenty-four months.

To keep silver free of water spots, it’s best to use flour sack towels, because they are lint-free and dry quickly.

Anti-tarnish strips

Marsha Whitney

1845 Buerkle Road

St. Paul, MN 55110

800-328-1449

Fax: 651-748-4000

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Comments (2)

  • The Silversmith 20 Apr, 2013

    I'm a fan of these strips. Most any material other than tissue, cotton, and flannel will scratch silver (and gold). You can wrap the piece in tissue before putting in a Zip-Loc bag along with the 3M Anti-Tarnish Strip or Static Intercept Strip.

    I'm a restoration, conservation, and preservationist. You'll find the most thoroughly researched and practiced silver care information in my Silver Care Guide here: http://www.hermansilver.com/care.htm.

  • jarsilver 14 Sep, 2008

    I have used these strips and though they work for about 6 months, they do scratch the jewelry. I bought a soft "poly" tab from this whitney company and they did not work at all.