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
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
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
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.