Tarnish is a natural occurrence in metals caused by the oxidation from exposure to air over time. It can make your silver look dull and gray, but not to worry; it can be easily removed with a good silver polish remover.
In doing my own shopping for a good silver polish remover, I came across a great report at www.ConsumerReports.org . It was entitled: “A silver polish wins the gold medal.” The article stated that they polished tarnished sterling silver spoons and forks and silverplated spoons and then judged their appearance, left them for an hour in air containing hydrogen sulfide gas (which tarnishes silver) and then polished the silver again. The following is what they found: “Some polishes were better at brightening silver; all were OK at resisting tarnish”. Liquids and pastes readily cleaned and polished. Wright’s Anti-Tarnish Fresh New Fragrance was best overall and a Consumer Report Best Buy. I must say this product does fairly well. It definitely brightened better than some polishes costing much more. Weiman Royal Sterling Tarnish Preventing was also a Consumer Report best buy, costing even less than Wright’s.”Here are some product overviews
• Wright’s Instant Tarnish Remover. This product instantly removes tarnish by dipping the silver into the product.
• Weiman Royal Sterling Silver Cream: This cream blend is gentle, yet extremely thorough. It removes tarnish and delivers dramatic results with a pleasant floral fragrance
• Asteria Polishing Cream: removes the tarnish and oxidation that accumulate over time and produces a high luster while applying a protective coating which is non-corrosive and residue free.
• QwickSilver Plate and Activator removes tarnish from oxidized silver with non-abrasive electrolytic action. Simply place QwickSilver Cleaning Plate in a sink or pan with hot water and bathe the tarnish away.
• Tarn-X Tarnish Remover. Just wipe and rinse. Instantly tarnish is gone.
I also personally used Tarn-X Tarnish remover and it worked great. Tarn-X is the original tarnish remover specifically formulated for sterling silver, silver plate, platinum, copper, gold and diamonds. I just wiped it on, rinsed it off and then dried it. You can also try some of the other home remedies that I found on the web. Baking soda and water, salt and vinegar or just by using plain white toothpaste.
Here are a few tips to use when polishing your silver polish:
• Always wear disposable gloves because it can irritate the skin.
• To keep silver looking fresh wash it by hand and not in the dishwasher.
• After you are done polishing, rinse and dry immediately and store your silver in a chest or bag lined with felt or velvet.