• What's the best silver polish?

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  • My parents have used Gorham's Silver Polish for years, but are now convinced that there is something better out there (and easier to find). My stepfather is wary of "dips" as he mentioned that he heard that over time it can wear away the details in fine silver. They'd love to hear your suggestions!

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    Question by Oliver Hulland
    01/05/2012

Simichrome, available as a paste in a tube from the hardware store.

Answer by elaine luther
01/09/2012

Your best bet is the home remedy of aluminum foil and baking soda. Cheap and doesn't wear out the silver item.

Answer by rfd
01/09/2012

Try white toothpaste...it cheaper and less toxic than commmercial polishes. Plus it makes polishing silver a truly minty experience.

Answer by rnarracci
01/09/2012

My favorite is Wright's Silver Cream. It's something like saddle soap for silver; you make a lather with the stuff using the included sponge. It does not appear to be at all abrasive.

Answer by chrisk
01/10/2012

Think about this logically, a dip is a non-nonabrasive. You're submerging a piece of silver in a liquid that will cause the corrosion to react, but not the silver. How is it going to wear away at the fine details? You may be transferring molecules away, but that's going to do a lot less damage over time than, say, a polish. Polishes are abrasives and will take away more material than the molecule or two of a dip. For silver and the like, I like the dips. The aluminum trick mentioned above sounds great, though.

Answer by derek murawsky
01/14/2012

My family has always been a big fan of Tarn-X Silver Polish from Jelmar. They also make an excellent tarnish remover for the times when a simple gentle polish won't do the trick.

http://www.jelmar.com/TarnXsilver.htm

Answer by ronamo
01/14/2012

As You Like It Silver Shop in New Orleans has their own stuff -- a pink goop in a white jar you can buy for 7 bucks. It's a lot of goop, works better than everything else I tried -- rags with chemicals in them, aluminum/baking soda, etc.

http://asyoulikeitsilvershop.com

Answer by cory strischek
01/14/2012

why didn't our chemistry teacher teach us that aluminum and baking soda trick in school? did she even know? our chem teacher, though tough on us, was considered one of the coolest teachers in our school, but as for practical knowledge from that subject apart from "don't put acidic foodstuff into old aluminum pots" and the formula of hangover (which is kinda cool, but what are you going to do with that litlle tidbit in your life) nothing really useful for the not so chemically inclined.

i just cleaned a quite darkened chain and pendant and they're so shiny now!

Answer by mari vali
01/16/2012
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