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Preventing Silver from Tarnishing

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Unsightly tarnish can mar the beauty of fine silver. With care and proper storage silver tarnish can be prevented. This is a guide about preventing silver from tarnishing.


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By 3 found this helpful
March 8, 2011

Why buy expensive jewelry cleaner for my tarnished silver pieces? Now I use white toothpaste with an old used toothbrush. Give it a few swirls inside the crannies, and my silver jewelry now sparkles as if I got it professionally cleaned.

By Cipora Auslander from Miami, FL

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By 7 found this helpful
February 2, 2011

To keep silver jewelry from tarnishing, place jewelry in an airtight container or jewelry box. Toss in those little packets of desiccant that come with new shoes or leather items. The packets wick away moisture and keep silver from tarnishing. Works for silverware and silver serving pieces.

Source: The Dollar Stretcher

By Monica from Cortez, CO

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June 16, 2006

To keep brass collectibles or silver-plated picture frames or various what-knots from tarnishing try this: While the item is new and bright colored, spray it with two coats of clear lacquer/shellac. Let it dry completely between coats. It will not tarnish in the future. This method can also be used on plastic/poly-resin items that are exposed to sunlight to keep them from fading so quickly. Examples: yard decorations and items indoors that are left near a window sill.


By Laura from Elberta, AL

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June 28, 2007

What can I seal silver or brass ornaments with to stop them tarnishing after polishing?

Susan C from Durban


By Lexi (Guest Post)
June 28, 20070 found this helpful

We have used plain clear lacquer (in a spray can) to put a thin coat on things like polished brass door knockers & door handles. Just spray a really thin coat, let it dry thoroughly, then spray a second really thin coat. We did this 2 years ago to a door knocker and it still shines.

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July 2, 20070 found this helpful

my friend uses clear nail polish for smaller pieces

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March 8, 20110 found this helpful

To clean tarnish off silver without using a silver polish, coat the silver with toothpaste, then run it under warm water, work it into a foam, and rinse it off. For stubborn stains or for silverware with intricate grooves, use an old soft bristled toothbrush.


By joesgirl


Toothpaste Fights Tarnish On Silver

Toothpaste and tarnished silver your right it'll clean it right up. (10/14/2007)

By Anna

Toothpaste Fights Tarnish On Silver

it does not stop it from tarnishing. (11/02/2008)

By mes

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