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How do you clean sterling silver jewelry?

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To clean sterling silver jewelry, rub it with a soft toothbrush sprayed with glass cleaner, apply sterling silver jewelry polish, buff the jewelry with a soft cloth, and store it in a jewelry pouch. This 15-minute process requires a toothbrush, glass cleaner, sterling silver jewelry polish, two cloths and a jewelry pouch.

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  1. Brush the jewelry with glass cleaner

    Spray glass cleaner onto an old, soft toothbrush. Brush the jewelry with light strokes, paying special attention to any ornate and recessed areas, and then blot it with a cloth. Rinse the toothbrush.

  2. Apply sterling silver jewelry polish

    Apply a small amount of sterling silver jewelry polish, and rub it over the jewelry with a dry, soft cloth. Rub the jewelry with small, circular motions, and apply additional polish when necessary. Use different sections of the cloth so you are always rubbing the jewelry with a clean part of it.

  3. Buff the jewelry

    Buff the jewelry with a dry microfiber cloth until it gleams and is free of polish residue.

  4. Put the jewelry in a sterling silver pouch

    Put the clean jewelry in a jewelry pouch made for storing sterling silver. Place the pouch in a separate compartment of your jewelry box where it is not exposed to other metal items.

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