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Good day,

This following article appears on my Silver Care page. Before you
pick up that bottle of silver polish, read this:

(Copyright Jeffrey Herman)

Tarnish is easily removed when first noticed (usually as a yellowish
tint), and will become increasingly difficult to deal with as it
turns to light brown and eventually black. Occasionally washing an
object with a non-lemon-scented phosphate-free detergent is preferred
to waiting until tarnish forms and gets so stubborn that polishes
have to be employed. (All polishes have some degree of abrasion.) If
you start to see very light tarnish that can sometimes only be
detected when the object is viewed against a glossy white piece of
paper, a liquid, non-abrasive, unscented, aloe-free hand sanitizer,
such as Purell, may remove the tarnish. Use a large cotton ball and
rotate it regularly to expose unused surfaces, as elements in the
tarnish itself can be very abrasive; then dry the piece with a Selvyt
cloth or cotton dish towel. Try this technique first, as it is the
least abrasive of all silver cleaning methods.

Have a tarnish-free weekend!

Jeffrey Herman
Herman Silver Restoration & Conservation
http://www.silversmithing.com/silver