11/23/2011 08:33 am ET | Updated Oct 11, 2012

Keeping Your Good Silver

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Storing sterling silver properly will prevent scratching, minimize tarnishing, and ensure a long life with less need for upkeep. Silver is best stored in a cloth case treated with an antitarnish agent that absorbs tarnish-producing gases in the air such as sulfur compounds. For further protection, place the wrapped silver in a clear plastic Mylar or polyethylene bag. Storing silver in this way will reduce the need for cleaning and polishing. Choose a cool, dry place free of humidity or moisture to store the bags.

Quick tip: Not just for chalkboards

Store sterling silver with a piece of white chalk, which will absorb moisture and delay tarnishing.

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