How to Store Silverware and China

Here’s the best way to store your fine china and silverware so that it’s protected―and ready to use as soon as you need it. Watch this video.

What You Need

  1. Check china
  2. Check a quilted dinnerware storage set
  3. Check acid-free tissue paper
  4. Check bubble wrap
  5. Check silverware
  6. Check white chalk
  7. Check cheesecloth
  8. Check resealable plastic storage bags

Follow These Steps

  1. Protect china in quilted packs

    Choose quilted dishware packs that match the size of your china pieces. Before placing your china in the appropriate pack, wrap each piece in acid-free tissue paper. Place a layer of bubble wrap between each piece. Fill quilted pack to the top, then zip and store.

    Aha! Acid-free tissue paper prevents discoloration.

    Tip: If you don’t have a quilted dishware set, a corrugated cardboard box works well.

  2. Store silver to prevent tarnish and scratches

    Roll each piece of silver in acid-free tissue paper or unbleached cotton muslin (found at fabric stores). Be sure not to let one piece of silver touch another, or they may scratch each other. Place wrapped silver in resealable plastic bags. Seal and store.

    Tip: Chalk absorbs moisture, and moisture causes tarnish. To slow tarnishing, wrap a piece of chalk in cheesecloth and place it in the bag with your silver.