War medals need regular cleaning. To polish your medals, you need nail scissors, silver foam, acetone, cotton pads, a soft cloth, an old toothbrush, methylated spirits, metal lacquer, a bowl, dental floss, newspaper, thread and a sewing needle.Continue Reading
Use nail scissors to snip the ribbons' stitching. Do not cut the ribbons.
Dip the medals into pure acetone. Rub them with a cotton pad.
Scrub the medals with a soft toothbrush. Use slow, gentle strokes.
Dab each medal with silicone-free silver polishing foam. Rub it in, then remove it with a soft cloth.
Dunk the medals in methylated spirits. Dry them with a cotton pad.
Pour clear metal lacquer into a bowl. Cover the floor with newspaper.
Hang each medal on a separate length of dental floss. Dip the medals in a bowl of clear metal lacquer. Submerge each medal for 5 seconds.
Hang the medals on separate hooks. Do not touch them for 24 hours.
The next day, unhook the medals, insert their ribbons and sew them in place.