How to Easily Clean Sterling Silver With Tarn-X
Cleaning and Polishing Silver
Do you find that you tend not to use your silver flatware because it's too much of a chore to clean and polish it? Is it sitting in a box or drawer hidden away in your china cabinet?
I remember watching my grandmother spend hours cleaning and polishing her silverware, silver candlestick holders, and silver teapot set. It looked like such a time-consuming and tedious job.
When my mother was getting married, the people she worked with at Gillette's gave her a set of Rogers Silver Flatware, which was later passed down to me.
When I first got married, I would use the silverware on special occasions and at holiday time. Over the years, I used it less and less because it was a pain to clean and polish.
Recently, I discovered a product that people have been using for years called Tarn-X. This product is made by the same people at JELMAR that make CLR.
Tarn-X is easy to use, works quickly, and, as you can see in the first picture of this article, it produces great results. This knife took less than four minutes to clean. Compared to products I've used in the past, I found this amazing.
What is Tarnish?
Wikipedia states the following:
"Tarnish is a thin layer of corrosion that forms over copper, brass, silver, aluminum, and other similar metals as their outermost layer undergoes a chemical reaction. Tarnish does not always result from the sole effects of oxygen in the air. For example, silver needs hydrogen sulfide to tarnish; it does not tarnish with only oxygen. It often appears as a dull, gray or black film or coating over metal. Tarnish is a surface phenomenon, that is self-limiting unlike rust. Only the top few layers of the metal react, and the layer of tarnish seals and protects the underlying layers from reacting."
Tarn-X Tarnish Remover
Tarn-X will remove tarnish from the following:
What not to use Tarn-X on
Jelmar, owned and operated by the Gutterman family, first started making and selling Tarn-X in the late 1960s. Tarn-X is the number one selling metal cleaner in the United States.
In the 1980s CLR was introduced onto the market. This is a product that removes calcium, lime, and rust. They struggled on what to name this product and went with what the product does.
Other fantastic products from Jelmar include:
- Tarn-X Silver Polish
- Tarn-X Jewelry Cleaner
- Outdoor Furniture Cleaner
- CLR Grease Magnet
- CLR Power Plumber
- CLR Bath & Kitchen Cleaner
- CLR Stainless Steel Cleaner
- CLR Stone Cleaner
- CLR Septic Treatment and Drain Care
How to Use Tarn-X
- In warm soapy water wash, rinse and dry items that you want to clean.
- Apply a small amount of Tarn-X on a soft cloth or cotton ball. Rub onto tarnished area of object you are cleaning.
- Rinse well under cold water and dry with a clean soft cloth. Do not leave the solution on for more than two minutes.
- If heavily tarnished you may need to apply three or four times following the above steps.
- When using this product be sure to wear rubber gloves.