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Offline lady M

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my silver turned bluepurple
« on: September 16, 2009, 12:00:28 AM »
Help please. Can someone tell me how to remove tarnish from silver? I don't want to purchase professional tarnish removing chemicals at the store. Would like a home remedy if possible.
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Re: my silver turned bluepurple
« Reply #1 on: September 16, 2009, 12:21:45 AM »
If it's plain w/no deep engraving, line a large glass bowl or pan w/aluminum foil shiney side up, place your silver in it.  Carefully cover w/boiling water & add a couple of heaping tablespoons of baking soda & swirl around.  Say goodbye to the tarnish.
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Re: my silver turned bluepurple
« Reply #2 on: September 16, 2009, 06:28:47 AM »
I'm not an advocate of using harsh chemical tarnish removers on jewelry. Your best choice is a polishing cloth from your local jeweler. If you can't go buy a polishing cloth toothpaste (not gel and preferrably not a whitening formula) can be used.
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Re: my silver turned bluepurple
« Reply #3 on: September 17, 2009, 05:33:11 PM »
The toothpaste works rather well. I have used it several times myself when in a pinch.

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Re: my silver turned bluepurple
« Reply #4 on: September 17, 2009, 07:26:13 PM »
...toothpaste, I use Colgate paste.
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Re: my silver turned bluepurple
« Reply #5 on: September 21, 2009, 01:33:09 PM »
any particular toothpaste recommended for tarnish in grooves??
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Re: my silver turned bluepurple
« Reply #6 on: September 21, 2009, 04:50:50 PM »
If you want the grooves completely cleaned out, I recommend the foil/water/soda application above.  If you want the dark areas, then no.
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Re: my silver turned bluepurple
« Reply #7 on: September 21, 2009, 10:18:50 PM »
Don't use a whitening toothpaste, the bleaching agents can turn the metal black. baking sod treatments work. But I agree, a polishing cloth would be pretty much ideal. You should be able to get one from any jeweler who sells silver, or from a jewelry supply/lapidary, or online. They are fairly cheap, and last pretty much forever.
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Re: my silver turned bluepurple
« Reply #8 on: September 23, 2011, 10:31:47 PM »
any particular toothpaste recommended for tarnish in grooves??

Crest seems to work the best. Because it has low abrasives, it doesn't sratch the metal. I've used Crest and a soft bristle tooth brush to clean jewelry and coins I found metal detecting. They come out looking almost good as new.

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Re: my silver turned bluepurple
« Reply #9 on: September 23, 2011, 10:47:09 PM »
You can get a silver polishing cloth in the jewelry section of Wal-mart.  Another cleaner to try is Bonami.  It has a Feldspar base instead of a Silica base so it's softer. Just a couple of suggestions.

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