How to stop silver from tarnishing - Brotheridge

Tarnishing: How to Prevent and Remove it

We know how important it is to keep your precious metals looking their best. One issue that affects many types of metals, including silver and gold, is tarnishing. Tarnishing is the process by which metals become dull and discoloured due to exposure to certain chemicals in the environment. Below are some tips on how how to prevent and remove tarnish.


What is Tarnishing?

Tarnishing is a natural process that occurs when certain metals, such as silver, gold, and copper, come into contact with chemicals in the environment, such as sulphur or oxygen. When this happens, a chemical reaction occurs, which causes the metal to become dull and discoloured. This can be especially frustrating when it happens to your favourite pieces of jewellery.


How to Prevent Tarnishing:


Store your jewellery in a cool, dry place. Exposure to humidity and moisture can accelerate the tarnishing process.


Keep your jewellery away from chemicals. Avoid exposing your jewellery to cleaning products, perfume, hairspray, and other chemicals.


Remove your jewellery before swimming or showering. Chlorine and other chemicals in swimming pools and shower water can cause tarnishing.


Use anti-tarnish products. Anti-tarnish strips and bags can help absorb any moisture in the air that may contribute to tarnishing.


Clean your jewellery regularly. Regular cleaning can help remove any dirt or oils that may accelerate the tarnishing process.


How to Remove Tarnish:

One of the simplest methods is to use a mixture of baking soda and water to create a paste, which you can then use to gently scrub the tarnish off your jewellery using a soft-bristled toothbrush.

Another popular method involves soaking your jewellery in a mixture of warm water and dish soap for a few minutes, then using a soft cloth to gently rub away the tarnish.

For tougher tarnish, you may want to try using a jewellery-specific polishing cloth or a commercial silver or gold cleaner, following the manufacturer's instructions carefully. Whatever method you choose, be sure to dry your jewellery thoroughly afterward to prevent any further tarnishing.


Tarnishing is a common issue that affects many types of metals, including silver and gold. By taking proper care of your metal jewellery and using the appropriate cleaning methods, you can prevent tarnishing and keep your jewellery looking beautiful for years to come.

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