Cleaning a Silver Chain

How do I clean a sterling silver chain that has gone black?

Vera Adam from Margate, SA

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February 20, 20070 found this helpful
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If your chain is truly silver, use a good quality silver cream such as Gorham's. Follow the directions. Alternatively, see if your local jeweler will clean it for you for less than the cost of a jar of Gorham's.

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February 20, 20070 found this helpful
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I use a rouge cloth on it. I also bought a gray and white cloth pretty much the same idea as a rouge cloth. Anytime I wear a chain I just run it thru the cloth several times. Lovely.

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February 20, 20070 found this helpful
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I bought a bottle of Tarnex years ago and use it to clean all of my sterling silver including jewelry. One bottle will last a really long time. It smells a little while the tarnish is dissolving but it works in practically an instant.

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March 29, 20070 found this helpful
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I always use toothpaste, not the gel kind.

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July 19, 20080 found this helpful
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White toothpaste works OK but I just tried rubbing my rope chain with aluminum foil and it worked much faster.

Thanks!

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December 7, 20080 found this helpful
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The tinfoil and baking soda worked like a charm. Thank you

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February 21, 20070 found this helpful

Use silver cleaner, follow instructions carefully and DO NOT SOAK. Once sterling is pitted (that's what happens when you soak it), your only recourse is to take it to a jeweler and see if it can be dipped. It's not expensive but your piece will never be the same.

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March 29, 20070 found this helpful

I have found that a jewelery cloth helps, the white cloth to get grime off and the gray cloth to make it shine.

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August 25, 20070 found this helpful

Listen: it may sound crazy, but the best way to clean sterling silver, old coins, or any worn, age-stained metal is to . . . wait for it . . . urinate on it. The ammonia and urea react only with the grime and substances causing discolouration, while the natural vitamins and warmth protect the metal from too much damage; you've heard the phrase, 'Going to spend a penny . . .' During the industrial revolution, people used to pee into barrels for use in cleaning products, and each time they did, their payment was a penny. Of course, cleaning product manufacturers would rather us not know that the best damn cleaning product costs little more than a glass of water, and an hour or so.

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December 3, 20070 found this helpful

Thank you all for the tips.

I just cleaned a silver necklace that had turned black.

Foil in a bowl of water and baking soda did the trick

Karen

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December 4, 20070 found this helpful

I do have a little hint for some of you and that is,

Keep your silver jewelery in a PreZerve Organizer and that will leave your silver shiny after it has been cleaned for years.

I bought mine at the Toronto Shopping Channel, but I am sure it's available in the States since it comes from there.

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May 12, 20080 found this helpful

hi,

the best way to clean silver is just take some toothpaste in your hand and rub your silver with it as you would use a hand wash and it will make the silver just like new in a couple of seconds.

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May 19, 20080 found this helpful

Further to the toothpaste idea: I save my worn out electric toothbrush heads and using them works really well to get into any detail on your silver pieces. Just hook up the old head onto the electric base and polish away!

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August 7, 20080 found this helpful

I tried to clean my silver chain with bleach. I am really stupid because it turned jet black. I think I will have to take it to a jewelers, I tried all the above things but they only got bits of it off. So the moral is, do NOT use bleach!

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October 16, 20080 found this helpful

My silver chain was badly tarnished. I used that toothpaste method and my chain looks brand new.

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October 24, 20080 found this helpful

You guys are the BEST! Just a few days ago I had used Peroxide to lighten my dark hair and had no idea that it would tarnish the chain. Then surfing around I read above about the toothpaste...GREAT solution! TskTsk! The things peeps do with Bleach. Thanks again! Now I have minty fresh Silver!

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November 21, 20080 found this helpful

Toothpaste worked fine. Thanks guys. How long does it take for the minty fresh smell to wear off :-)

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January 11, 20090 found this helpful

Toothpaste and a toothbrush works wonders. Just lightly scrub and rinse. :)

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January 24, 20090 found this helpful

I have a good silver chain, and it is black so I am hoping that the baking soda and tin foil will work. Will tell you how it goes. Thanks for the heads up.

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August 17, 20090 found this helpful

Dip the silver chain in tarn-x and all tarnish is gone!

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November 20, 20100 found this helpful

I have not been able to wear my silver ball necklace and earrings because they were tarnished. I used the toothpaste and toothbrush, it worked like a charm. My set looks new and I'm wearing it out tonight.

Thanks!

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June 22, 20130 found this helpful

I've used toothpaste (not gel kind) with a small nail brush, old toothbrush or old electric toothbrush head. Works well enough, but sometimes you need something stronger. I hesitate to use anything acidic since it can pit the surface. I know my mother-in-law swears by a tin foil & baking soda bath for her silver serving pieces and the like.

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