What is Authentic Pacific Silvercloth?
Not all advertised silver cloth is authentic Pacific Silvercloth®, despite use of the Pacific Silvercloth name...
Pacific Silvercloth is a widely recognized brand name that has a long history of preventing tarnishing to sterling silver and silver plated articles. However, like the brand name "Kleenex" which is regularly used to refer to any brand of tissue, Pacific Silvercloth, a tarnish-preventing fabric, is being used to sell other manufacturers' tarnish-resisting fabrics. So how can you tell you're getting the "real thing?"
Authentic Pacific Silvercloth is always brown because the embedded silver particles will catch the sulphur gases that would otherwise tarnish the silver articles inside, causing the brown fabric to discolor to various shades of brown. Other manufacturers' products are not embedded with silver but are treated with other metals, such as zinc, and do not discolor. Also, authentic Pacific Silvercloth is 36-39" wide, whereas other products are always much wider, and as other manufacturers' products are also available in brown and look very similar to Pacific Silvercloth, you can identify authentic Pacific Silvercloth by the width. And, finally, because Pacific Silvercloth is always brown, you can be assured that any other color is not authentic.
At SilverGuard, we use only Authentic Pacific Silvercloth!
Q. Is there is right or wrong side to Pacific Silvercloth?
A: There is no right or wrong side to Pacific Silvercloth, so it is just
a matter of personal preference. The cloth's tarnish-preventing
capability just requires that the fabric totally surround the silver
article(s) so that any air that gets to it has to pass through the fabric.
Q. Can I cut, press, and sew Pacific Silvercloth?
A: Definitely. You don't need any special tools or machines to work with Pacific Silvercloth. Nor do you need special thread. It is a soft cotton flannel, similar to a child's pajama, but not as fuzzy. Pacific Silvercloth can be treated like any other fabric, with one exception...you cannot launder it, as is discussed in the following question.
Q. Can I wash Pacific Silvercloth?
you cannot launder Pacific Silvercloth as you would wash out the embedded
silver particles which are there to catch the hydrogen sulphides in the air
that would otherwise deposit on your stored silver and cause tarnishing. However, if you need to freshen up your bags you can:
1) use packaging tape to remove any
2) or, put it in the dryer
for a few minutes on 'air fluff’ to remove embedded dust;
3) and lastly, lightly spray
it with a fabric freshener like Febreeze to remove any odors that might be
present, allowing it to dry, and then repeating if necessary. Don't
saturate the fabric to the point where the liquid can run through the fabric and
fabric is looking 'faded' or has discolored in any way, that is normal for
Pacific Silvercloth as the embedded silver particles will themselves tarnish
over the years, especially any surface of the fabric that is most exposed to
Q. How long will Pacific Silvercloth prevent tarnish?
A: The short answer is forever. Pacific Silvercloth is not treated with chemicals. It is embedded with silver particles and, as discussed in the previous question, as long as the fabric isn't washed it can last indefinitely.
Q. Can I store more than one item in a Zippered Bag?
A. Yes. The fabric just needs to fully surround all the articles as a group. It is recommended, though, that you consider the weight created by putting more than one article in a bag, and, more importantly, how well the items 'nestle' inside one another...trays, bowls, etc. And be sure to place a piece of fabric between them (a dish or bath towel cut to an appropriate size) to reduce the risk of scratching and denting. It is not recommended to store two non-nestling items like a creamer and sugar bowl together due to the risk of denting which can occur if the bag is picked up incorrectly.