Polished silver and tableware are perfect finishing touches to a table, but cleaning tarnished treasures can be a big hassle.  Tarn-X Tarnish RemoverDuring the busy holiday hosting season, give yourself the gift of time and guests a sparkling party with Tarn-X Tarnish Remover. Tarn-X makes it easy to bring renewed shine to your favorite serving pieces, instantly and safely removing tarnish. There’s no rubbing or scrubbing required—just wipe and rinse to restore any piece of tableware.

Tarn-X Tarnish RemoverTarn-X Tarnish Remover is safe for use on sterling silver, silver plate, platinum, copper, gold and diamonds. Use Tarn-X to brighten holiday festivities and restore your best pieces for year-round enjoyment. Tarn-X is available in 12-ounce bottles at your everyday home store. Learn more at www.jelmar.com.

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Tarn-X is Destructive to Silver!

As a silver restoration and conservation specialist, I have many years of knowledge about chemical dips, especially Tarn-X. I routinely receive objects for refinishing due to damage from this horribly destructive product (see some examples here: http://www.hermansilver.com/tarn-x.htm). Tarn-X works by dissolving the tarnish (and silver!) on an object at an accelerated rate. Tarn-X will quickly remove factory-applied patinas (if left in the solution for more than a few seconds) or gradually (if dipped quickly each time the object requires cleaning). You'll notice a soft white surface develop over time. Tarn-X will quickly strip the shine from silver, leaving a dull, lifeless appearance. Tarn-X will cause pitting of the object's surface. These surface defects will act like a sponge and more readily absorb tarnish-producing gases and moisture. The object will eventually require professional polishing to restore the original finish. Tarn-X is made up of acidified thiourea (a known carcinogen). Acids are corrosive and will damage silver, niello, bronze, stainless steel knife blades, and organic materials such as wood and ivory. Tarn-X, when used on objects that have sealed components, such as candlesticks and trophies with hollow feet, or teapots with hollow handles, may leak into the cavity through small holes or imperfections in the joints. At this point, it becomes virtually impossible to wash the chemical out. If you're working on a baby cup with this type of rim, do you really want an infant drinking from it after using Tarn-X? So why would you recommend this product?