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1. Thoroughly rub sterling with a good silver cleaner & toothpaste, on a clean dry cloth dipped in baking soda; use a clean soft toothbrush for holes and crevices. Finally, rinse well and lightly towel-dry.
2. One old fashioned method for quick-cleaning is to rub dry ashes over silver.
3. A more modern approach is to purchase a chemical cleaner, impregnated jewelry cloth; that you should store in a Ziploc bag and keep near your jewelry storage box so that you use it frequently.
For cleaning badly tarnished silver, here’s a neat little trick
1.)Cover inside bottom of a heat-proof glass dish on bowl with a piece of aluminum foil, shiny side up. 2.)Place tarnished silver in bottom of dish, contacting aluminum foil. 3.)Add 1 heaping tablespoon of baking soda, and then slowly pour boiling water to cover piece. The tarnish will gradually collect on aluminum foil. 4.)Remove your silver, rinse thoroughly, and polish.
Please note: This is a good time to mention that there is a difference between polishing and cleaning. To polish means to make your jewelry brighten with a glossy finish. A jewelry polish can be used for added brilliance after a thorough cleaning (follow directions on label.) A routine rubbing with a polishing cloth keeps your sterling silver jewelry looking great.
The Authors of the above Article, Sam and Tami Serio have been passionately involved with Jewelry and Gemstones for over fifteen-years. You are cordially invited to visit http://www.morninglightjewelry.com for a wealth of information about the fascinating world of Jewelry and Gemstones. Together they also shelter 20 abandoned and abused dogs & cats. A portion of their profits goes to the care and feeding of the animals.