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.

What You Need

  • China
    a quilted dinnerware storage set
    acid-free tissue paper
    bubble wrap
    white chalk
    resealable plastic storage bags
Follow These Two Easy 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.