General Advice on Silver Care
- What do anti-tarnish protectors do?
- Do Town Talk Silver dips give anti-tarnish protection?
- My silver is almost black, what should I use to clean it?
- How abrasive are Town Talk silver cleaners? Will I damage thesilver if I polish it too often?
- What is the best way to clean silver cutlery?
- How do I clean a silver charm bracelet?
- Which should I use, Town Talk Silver Polishing Cloths or the Polishing Mitts?
- Should I use Town Talk Silver Polish or Silver Foam?
- Will the Town Talk cloth logo scratch my silver?
- Can I dip precious stones in Town Talk Silver Sparkle?
- Should I rinse jewellery after using Town Talk Silver Sparkle?
- My Town Talk Silver Foam appears to have dried out...
- My Town Talk Silver Polish Spray won’t work...
- Cleaning silver and brass musical instruments
- How to clean gold jewellery
- Best way to clean vermeil and gold plated jewellery
- Cleaning platinum jewellery
- How long do Town Talk Gold and Silver Polishing Cloths last?
- How should I clean diamonds?
- How to clean precious gems and stones
- What’s the best way to clean pearls?
- Tips for cleaning silver jewellery
- How do I clean copper or brass?
- Which is the best stainless steel cleaner to choose?
- Can I clean my stainless steel cutlery with Town Talk Cutlery Rinse?
- How should I clean my glass or crystal chandelier?
- Any top tips for cleaning touchscreens?
- How do I clean and protect marble finishes?
- What’s the best care for my antique wooden furniture?
- Can I use Town Talk Furniture Wax on lacquered furniture?
- Cleaning Leather Furniture
What do anti-tarnish protectors do?
Tarnish is the discolouration of silver that occurs naturally over time as the metal reacts with elements in the air to form a new compound on the surface. This resulting layer of grey or black coating causes once bright, shining surfaces to become dull and unsightly.
Anti-tarnish protectors are one of the most important ingredients in Town Talk silver polish products. Our unique anti-tarnish ingredient bonds to silver and forms an invisible shield on its surface, protecting it from tarnish-forming substances. This protective layer means that your silver will last much longer before it tarnishes, so by using Town Talk products you will find you need to clean your silver less frequently.
Do Town Talk Silver dips give anti-tarnish protection?
Our silver dips (i.e. our Silver Sparkle and Silver Rinse) work in a different way to our silver polishes. They will quickly remove all traces of tarnish from silver without the need for polishing, but will not add any anti-tarnish protection. For this reason we recommend polishing your silver with our Silver Polishing Cloth after it has been cleaned with a dip. This will give it an extra shine and keep it brighter for much longer!
How abrasive are Town Talk silver polishes? Will I damage the silver if I polish it too often?
‘Abrasives’ are sophisticated industrial products that come in many different sizes, shapes and degrees of hardness.
All silver polishes on the market use some sort of abrasive-based formulation. The skill of the manufacturer lies in selecting abrasive properties that most closely meet the needs of the metal being cleaned. For example, silver and gold don’t require the same hard abrasives needed for stainless steel, or the slightly finer abrasive used on brass.
Town Talk has over 120 years of experience when it comes to selecting just the right level of very fine abrasives for its silver polishes. They work almost invisibly but are sufficiently abrasive to cut through tarnish and grime and then polish your silver to a glowing brilliance.
Silverware companies of repute use advanced silver-plating technology to ensure a finish that’s both beautiful and highly durable. The chance of removing all silver from one of these companies' goods through over polishing is highly unlikely.
On the other hand, very lightly plated, cheaply manufactured silverware has the potential for being affected by the use of any brand of silver care product.
We always recommend you check the manufacturer’s guidance on the use of silver polish on silver plated products.
What is the best way to clean silver cutlery?
Silver cutlery should be cleaned as soon as possible after use as many foods that it comes into contact with (such as salt, vinegar, mustard, onions and eggs to name but a few) will cause staining or tarnishing that can be hard to remove. For every day cleaning wash with our gentle washing up liquid using clean water and a soft cloth, then dry immediately with a soft cloth to avoid the formation of water stains.
When your silver cutlery is showing signs of tarnish Town Talk Anti-tarnish Silver Foam, Anti-tarnish Silver Polish and Silver Cutlery Rinse can all be used to remove it. The Silver Foam can be used at the sink with water, and like the Silver Polish will also add anti-tarnish protection.
The Silver Cutlery Rinse will remove tarnish within a matter of seconds, and is particularly useful for cleaning the tines of forks, which can be rather awkward to get to. After rinsing and drying, finish with a quick rub with one of our Silver Polishing Cloths for added shine and anti-tarnish protection. Avoid, however, using the Silver Cutlery Rinse on the stainless-steel blades of silver knives.
After use, store your silver cutlery in an Anti-tarnish Cutlery Roll which will keep it free from tarnish for much longer.
How do I clean a silver charm bracelet?
Town Talk Silver Polishing Cloths are ideal for cleaning silver charm bracelets. When you’re not wearing yours, store it in a jewellery bag or jewellery box with a few of our Silver Storage Strips, which will keep tarnish at bay for longer.
Please note that silver polish and silver polishing cloths are not suitable for charms made of oxidized silver, i.e. silver which has been intentionally blackened during the manufacturing process, as their use will remove the blackened finish. We recommend you use a Microfibre Jewellery Polishing Cloth instead.
Which should I use, Town Talk Silver Polishing Cloths or the Polishing Mitts?
Both products work equally well on light to moderately tarnished silver so it's really personal preference! The cloths are inexpensive and the mitts have a special lining that's soft on your hands and convenient to use.
Both the cloths and the mitts contain a special mix of Town Talk’s original silver cleaning ingredients and anti-tarnish protector. The simple act of buffing your silver applies the cleaners and allows them to remove dust, fingerprints and tarnish. You will be left with a smooth, glowing surface protected against tarnish. Regular buffing helps build a unique, silver ‘patina’.
Our Silver Polish Cloths and Mitts can be used on their own or after you've cleaned your silver with our liquid polish, to develop a final shining glow.
As the cloth/mitts are used, they will turn quite black. This is a chemical reaction rather than a build-up of dirt and shows that the cloth is doing its job! You need only replace the cloth when it is quite black on both sides.
Should I use Town Talk Silver Polish or Silver Foam?
Both work exceptionally well on heavily tarnished items. Some customers find their ornately decorated silver and silver cutlery easier to clean with Town Talk Silver Foam because it can be worked into the decoration with its sponge applicator.
Very heavily tarnished silver may require more than one cleaning, or may even call for professional attention.
Will the Town Talk cloth logo scratch my silver?
No. The logo is printed using a special ink so it is perfectly safe to use both sides of the cloth.
Should I rinse jewellery after using Town Talk Silver Sparkle?
Yes, we recommend rinsing your silver jewellery and then drying it with a soft cloth before buffing it up with a Silver Polishing Cloth for added anti-tarnish protection.
My Town Talk Silver Foam appears to have dried out...
Simply add a few drops of water to soften it again.
My Town Talk Silver Polish Spray won’t work...
The nozzle may have become blocked. Remove it and soak it for a few minutes in warm water to dissolve any dried liquid. Then try the pump several times to ensure it’s working, before replacing it on the bottle.
Cleaning silver and brass musical instruments
Solid silver and silver-plated musical instruments, such as flutes, trumpets and cornets, can tarnish through exposure to the air and moisture. Clean away fingerprints and slow down the development of tarnish with Town Talk Anti-Tarnish Silver Polishing Cloths. Our unique formula is impregnated into the cloth and will coat silver or silver-plated instruments in a fine, protective layer. Don’t wash the cloth, or it’ll lose its unique powers!
Keep fine silver instruments shining bright by stowing them with some Silver Storage Strips. These strips absorb atmospheric pollutants. For the best results, pop a few storage strips in your instrument’s closed case when you’re not using it. Replace the strips monthly to keep tarnish at bay.
If you want a soft cloth to simply remove fingerprints and moisture after playing silver or brass instruments, try the Town Talk Microfibre Cloth. It’s also ideal on keyboards, woodwind instruments, guitars and even string instruments too.