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The Modern Butlers’ Journal, April 2020, Consulting the Silver Expert

Consulting the Silver Expert

by Jeff Herman

Covid-19 and Silver Sanitizing

Sterling and plated silver have the advantage over other metals in that silver can kill or suppress the growth of microorganisms such as bacteria, mold, and fungus. But to safely sanitize your silverware and jewelry, use 70% rubbing alcohol or hand sanitizer (may leave a residue) applied with a cotton towel (not a paper towel), make-up pad, or cotton ball. Keep these products from coming in contact with porous components such as wooden handles and finials, ivory insulators, wooden coaster bases, and the like, as they will dry them and possibly change their color. The rubbing alcohol and hand sanitizer will work on all other metals as well.

Mr. Herman continues to offer his services to our readers for any questions you may have about the care of silver. Either contact him at (800) 339-0417 (USA) or via email: jeff @

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