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New Finding in Tarnish Removal

 

 

Above: The right side of this sugar bowl was cleaned with Windex Surface Multi-Surface (I now prefer Better Life Natural Glass Cleaner as it's made from plant-derived cleaning surfactants and just as effective) to demonstrate its tarnish-removal attribute.

Wash your silver objects periodically, and you might avoid the dreaded polishing session to remove accumulated tarnish. Wash with warm water and a phosphate-free detergent such as Dawn (not lemon-scented), and dry immediately. Do not immerse any object that has hollow sections or wooden parts such as handles.

If tarnish does start to build up, remove it as soon as possible. The reason for this is twofold: (1) you will be happier, as tarnish is much easier to remove in its very early stages of formation; and (2) your silver will show less wear, as it will be exposed to less abrasion than if you wait for more tarnish to form.

Most of us are familiar with that light brown – and eventually black – color that forms on silver. But you can catch tarnish in its very early stages if you hold an object against a piece of white paper (glossy paper if you have it). If tarnish has started to form, you will see a very light yellowish tint in the silver.

Try removing this light tarnish with either diluted Dawn Dishwashing Liquid, Better Life Natural Glass Cleaner, or aloe-free hand sanitizer. If the hand sanitizer leaves a residue, rinse it off with warm water or remove it with a moistened cotton towel, then dry immediately. If water doesn't work, use the Better Life. Try this technique first, as it is the least abrasive of all silver cleaning methods.

If tarnish remains after using the above products, a silver polish will be required. (Please see my Silver Care Guide for help in choosing a polish.) As always, feel free to contact me should you have any questions.

Above: The left image of this sterling spoon handle is in its original condition, the center image of the spoon was cleaned with hand sanitizer, and the right image was polished with Earth Friendly Silver Polish.


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