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

Consulting the Silver Expert

by Jeff Herman

Staples Crystal Clear Wax for Porous Attachments

It’s critical to retard both rot and the drying out of porous attachments such as ivory insulators, wooden handles, wooden bases on wine bottle coasters, etc.

Staples Crystal Clear Wax should be used and applied with a soft, flat sable-type brush. Do this in a well-ventilated area. Paint a thin layer on the attachment then use a paper towel or cotton towel to buff the surface until hard to the touch. Repeat with a second and third coat. The wax should be fully cured within 24 hours—by that time, the solvent will have evaporated.

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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