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 so that any air that gets to it has to pass through the fabric.
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.
If you need to freshen up your bags:
1) use packaging tape to remove any
2) or, put it in the dryer
for a few minutes on 'air fluff’;
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
air flow. However, Pacific Silvercloth will last indefinitely as long as
it is not laundered, but you will see the fabric discolor over the years.
Q. How long will Pacific Silvercloth prevent tarnish?
A: The short answer is forever. Pacific Silvercloth is not treated with anything. It is embedded with silver particles. So long as the fabric isn't washed, ripped, torn, or otherwise destroyed it will prevent tarnish.