Sterling and silverplate ornaments will tarnish due to oxidation when they come in contact with sulfur in the air. Tarnish formation is accelerated in a humid environment. Proper care and storage of your ornaments will prevent them from being damaged. Keeping and maintaining ornaments is not at all a difficult task. Here are a few easy steps that will help you when taking care of your ornaments.
- Wipe sterling silver and silverplate ornaments with a soft fabric when cleaning. Buffing them with a soft fabric will polish the ornaments to a shine. Using a polishing cloth or spray polish will aid in removing tarnish.
- For stubborn tarnish, use a soft bristled children's toothbrush. The bristles on the toothbrush will clean tarnish from crevices that a cloth cannot reach. Using a spray polish in addition to a toothbrush will aid in removing tarnish.
- Do not use toothpaste as a silver polish when cleaning your ornaments as it is highly abrasive and may scratch the surface.
- Store your sterling silver and silverplate ornaments in sealed poly bags or flannel bags and keep them out of direct sun light. This will help prevent the ornaments from tarnishing due to oxidation.
Following these guidelines will keep your ornaments looking beautiful so that they may be cherished for generations to come.
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