In my never-ending efforts to keep our silver shiny and polished (in
a big city near the ocean NOT an easy endeavor) I’ve ordered
polishing cloths from many different companies (Hagerty, Blitz,
Connoiseurs, and Rio); do any of you have a preference or believe
that one type or make of polishing cloth does a better job than
another? In your opinion does a particular polishing cloth leave the
silver more tarnish resistant than other types you’ve tried?
Also, do any of you use products like Hagerty’s Silversmiths Spray
Polish (comes in a blue aerosal can) or “Tarni Shield” (comes in a
black plastic squeeze bottle) by 3-M? Both products are supposed to
leave some sort of residue or chemical barrier on silver which slows
the rate of tarnishing. The spray by Hagerty in my opinion definitely
works, but on the back their is a warning that chemicals within are
cancer causing . . . In Taxco, Mexico all the shops seem to use the
3-M product, so it must work but its a little of a pain to work with,
takes a lot of extra time initially to clean the silver with it, but
if you don’t have to clean it again for a long while I guess it would
be worth it.
I cannot use any of the liquid chemical dips in my shop as we do not
have access to running water, and I’ve heard that over time they are
not good for silver; anyone know if this is actually true?
Finally, for what its worth, we use a machine called "speedbrite"
that works very well for cleaning silver.