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Silver Cleaning Recommendations
Any quality jewelry store should be able to clean it for you without damaging the finish.
If it is terribly tarnished, try MAAS metal polish: http://www.maasinc.com/about.aspx.
Another thing that
works ( if you can dip the pieces) is to fill a plastic tub in your sink with very, very hot water. Put in
about a half cup of table salt and a half cup of Arm and Hammer baking soda. Dip the pieces in for several
seconds or a minute or two. That will take the worst of the tarnish off. Do not put silver in a stainless
steel sink - the steel interacts with the silver. But a porcelain sink or tub is fine. I have also used
Wrights silver cream, found in every supermarket. But if they are very tarnished (i.e, dark gold or even
almost black) I would start with either the salt/baking soda/hot water or the MAAS. MAAS is almost miraculous.
Be sure to keep buffing it very well in a circular motion to bring up the highest shine you can, and you will be
pleased. You can get it locally, but only at an ACE Hardware, I think - I live in Bogart, so would go to the one
There's a silver polishing cloth you can buy that is amazing. It takes all the hard work out of polishing silver.
I had to do some googling to remember the name of the polishes I've used - both Hagerty's and Wrights are good. I
inherited some silver candlesticks that were black. Everyone swore they were ruined and would never return to the
original silver - they did, and yours might be fine too. I've heard never do the foil method - haven't myself.
The easiest thing I have found is just cheap paste- tooth paste. You squirt on a small amount and rub then rinse off.
I use an old tooth brush for in the cracks. Then sometimes soak in warm water then go at it again until all tarnish
is gone. Also this is nontoxic.
you just gotta do it the old fashioned way. lots of elbow grease and some soft cloths and silver polish. the quick fix
stuff is temporary and short term,. not too sure it is good for the silver either.
The silver cleaner that they sell in walmart, etc. works pretty well...I've done this before and it's really just a matter
of elbow grease! But I've gotten a pretty much black vase back in shape! Good luck!