Dos’ & Don’ts of Sterling Silver Care – Guide & Tips

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  • Do purchase high quality sterling silver rather than silver-plated items.
  • Do store your silver properly (in an anti-tarnish box, wrapped in soft cloths) to avoid tarnishing and scratching.
  • Do polish your silver gently and carefully when it needs it.
  • Do remove silver jewelry before showering, doing dishes, exercising, or engaging in other activities where it will be exposed to moisture for long periods of time.
  • Don’t store silver with wood, rubber, or newspaper, as these items can lead to faster tarnishing.
  • Don’t scrub your silver too harshly when cleaning it, as this can scratch it.
  • Don’t use standard wax to coat your silver. Do use micro-crystalline wax or clear lacquer, but only if necessary and recommended by an expert.
  • Don’t use detergents with chloride to clean your silver.
  • Don’t use a “metal polishing” product on your silver. Do use silver polishing products instead.
  • Don’t wash silver pieces in the dishwasher.
  • Don’t leave silver pieces lying in direct sunlight (unless you’re wearing them).
  • Do use a soft-bristle toothbrush and up-and-down motions to clean silver.
  • Don’t use undiluted bleach, ammonia, or acetone to clean silver. Do ask a jewelry expert before using any of those substances diluted on your particular silver piece.
  • Do remove silver jewelry before swimming, especially in a chlorinated pool.
  • Do read all the instructions before polishing your silver, especially if it contains stones, gems, or other additions.
  • Don’t use steel wool to clean your silver (no matter how tarnished it is!).
  • Do ensure that your silver storage location is as dry as possible.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask an expert for help if you have questions.


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  1. Susan Merrill

    December 9, 2017 at 6:50 pm

    I know you will recommend a good silver polish to clean silver, but can or will your silver be damaged if soaked with aluminum foil and baking soda.

  2. zoe

    December 11, 2017 at 11:58 pm

    do one on silver

  3. L

    July 18, 2018 at 2:19 pm

    Any suggestions on removing hair color from a sterling silver necklace? I’ve tried silver polish a few times and it’s not budging!

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