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Tarnish Removal

There are many tarnish removing polishes and creams on the market. One that gets frequent mention on silversmithing websites is 3Mís Tarni-Shield™ Silver Polish. This is reputed to be low in abrasiveness and to lay down an effective barrier to future tarnish. We personally love this product (and no, we donít own any 3M stock!).

We have used Goddardís Long Shine Silver Polish and Silver Wash with good event; this has been an effective choice for heavy tarnish removing tasks. Wrightís Anti-Tarnish Silver Polish is also popular, although we have no personal experience with it. Of the creams mentioned so far, only the 3M product offers tarnish inhibition.

Here are a few doníts.

  • Do not clean any item that is valuable or has great sentimental value. Let a professional do it for you. People do destroy their silver items with poor cleaning choices and techniques.

  • Do not use toothpaste to polish silver. The materials included in toothpaste to remove plaque from your teeth can leave scratches in silver. Toothpaste can also include ingredients that are harmful to silver.

  • Do not put silver (and especially silverware) in a dishwater. The heat and the detergents can both do harm.

  • Do not wash silver with a soap or detergent that contains phosphates.

  • Do not use old polishes that have dried out and become gritty. Grit = scratches.

  • Do not use chemical drips if you are inexperienced in silver care. Chemical dips can be effective in the hands of a professional, but when used by an inexperienced person, the acids in these dips can cause problems.

  • Likewise, do not use electrochemical reduction unless you have experience in silver care.



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"Sterling Silver Defined'"
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"Silver Marks and Hallmarks"

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"The Silversmith"
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Silver Allergies

"Silver/Nickel Sensitivities"
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Recent Developments

"Argentium® Sterling Silver"

"Silver PMC®"

"The Origins of Tarnish"

"Tarnish Removal"

"Firescale (Firestain)"

"Proper Silver Storage"

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