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cbc58

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iconnumber posted 07-16-2018 11:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cbc58     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
any issues with using plain paper towels to protect silver spoons resting one on top of each other? i know if it's printed the ink can leach onto the silver (same with plastic bags), but what about plain paper towels?

thanks in advance.

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ahwt

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iconnumber posted 07-16-2018 12:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ahwt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have wrapped silver in paper towels (and sometimes kitchen cloth towels) and then put them in a box and have not had any problems. For any storage I think it is a good idea to check the stored items every 6 months or so just to see that everything is safe.
Often when I look at them I will take them out and use them for awhile.

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cbc58

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iconnumber posted 07-17-2018 10:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cbc58     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
thank you for the reply. i figured it was better to ask advice ahead of time instead of making the assumption it would be o.k. There might have been some chemical used in processing paper towels that has a negative effect on silver.

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Scott Martin
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iconnumber posted 07-17-2018 11:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Almost any and everything can long term leech something harmful. For materials not certified as archival safe then doing as ahwt suggested is best For any storage I think it is a good idea to check the stored items every 6 months or so just to see that everything is safe."

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asheland

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iconnumber posted 07-18-2018 11:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for asheland     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
When possible, I use the cloth bags that were made for silver. Paper towels would (in my opinion) not necessarily hurt the silver, but would likely make it tarnish faster.

I use them for temporary storage or transport, but long term, cloth is my choice.

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cbc58

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iconnumber posted 07-19-2018 02:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cbc58     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Chemicals found in paper towels:

CDFs. Chlorodibenzofurans (CDFs) is a chemical group with over 135 types of chemicals. They may affect the nervous system, respiratory system, and irritate the skin and eyes. CDF has been found in paper towels, coffee filters, milk cartons, and tampons. (3)

Triclosan. Triclosan is added to products as an antimicrobial with the intention of reducing, or preventing, bacterial contamination. (4) The chemical can be found in soaps, toothpastes, cosmetics, clothing, toys, furniture, and paper products, such as paper towels or napkins. It can also be found in the bodies of most Americans. Triclosan may be affecting the hormone and reproductive systems, and causing an increased sensitivity to allergens. (5)

Formaldehyde. Paper towels have been found to contain formaldehyde. Formaldehyde is a chemical in the Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) family, and off-gasses into the air. People can be exposed to formaldehyde through touching products as well. (6) Of course, with paper towel touching (especially when wiping our hands) exposure is pretty common.

BPS. Created as an alternative to the toxic chemical BPA (bisphenol A), BPS (bisphenol S) has been found to likely have the same effect on people’s health. (7) Found in urine samples from US subjects, BPS may affect the hormone systems. Products such as newspaper, food paper, and paper towels have been found to have BPS in them. The BPS may have been from the recycling process. (8)

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cbc58

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iconnumber posted 07-19-2018 02:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cbc58     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
speaking of storing and polishing silver - is there any product you can put on silver to make it shine and keep it from tarnishing for long periods of time?

understand that this is not likely possible if a piece is going to be used - but for items stored away - anything that prevents tarnish long-term? any tricks of the trade? tks.

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Scott Martin
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iconnumber posted 07-19-2018 02:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by cbc58:
speaking of storing and polishing silver - is there any product you can put on silver to make it shine and keep it from tarnishing for long periods of time?

understand that this is not likely possible if a piece is going to be used - but for items stored away - anything that prevents tarnish long-term? any tricks of the trade? tks.


Its been previously discussed in the forums... for example using search: Displaying SS Christmas Ornaments

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seaduck

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iconnumber posted 07-19-2018 10:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for seaduck     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have seen paper towels that were used to wrap various family pieces -- china, artifacts, what-not. After a few years, it yellows and gets brittle. I can't imagine that the chemical composition of paper towels would bode well for tarnish-free storage. If I didn't have Pacific cloth at hand, I would use acid-free tissue paper for wrapping. But for my own pieces, I use Intercept bags, supplemented by Ziplock bags for daily or unimportant objects. I sometimes do belt-and-suspenders by wrapping in Pacific cloth before placing in an Intercept bag....mostly for the extra padding.

Re cbc58's question on keeping silver tarnish-free for a long period: I have tried many products. I'm not interested in lacquers or wax. My current absolute favorite is 3M Tarni-Shield polish. Jeff Herman's site rates it as very mild from an abrasion aspect. My experience is that it removes tarnish easily and quickly. But best of all, it seems to prevent new tarnish for a very long period. It is now also the polish of choice for the trophy committee at my yacht club, after trying various polishes. Most of our pieces look reasonably good for display purposes with only one annual polishing.

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