Tarn-X® Tarnish Remover

Tarn-X is the original "wipe & rinse" tarnish remover specifically formulated for sterling silver, silver plate, platinum, copper, gold and diamonds. Tarn-X removes tarnish quickly and easily — just "wipe and rinse." With no rubbing and scrubbing Tarn-X allows you to enjoy the beauty of your precious metals all year  Always spot test in an inconspicuous area first.

Look for Tarn-X in these sizes: 12 oz. bottle
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IMPORTANT: Do Not Use on Stainless steel, chrome, pewter, aluminum, brass, zinc, marble, artificially oxidized silver, knife blades, lacquered surfaces, pearls, opals or any porous stones, Avoid spilling on laminates, countertops, Formica, or any synthetic surfaces which may be affected; clean spills immediately. Use in well ventilated area.

DIRECTIONS:
1. Wear household gloves
2. Clean object first by washing in warm soapy water and drying completely. Dip cotton ball or soft cloth in Tarn-X Tarnish Remover and wipe on tarnished areas.
3. RINSE COMPLETELY UNDER COLD WATER AND WIPE DRY. For large items, apply Tarn-X to about 1/3 of article at a time, then rinse thoroughly. DO NOT SOAK ANY OBJECT IN TARN-X FOR OVER 2 MINUTES.
4. For heavily tarnished pieces, repeat above process until all tarnish is disposed. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I soak an item in Tarn-X?
We recommend using a cotton ball or soft cloth for the best application. However, dipping smaller items (such as sterling silver jewelry) may be easier. It is important to rinse with cold water IMMEDIATELY and do not let Tarn-X dry. Never keep Tarn-X on an item longer than a maximum of two minutes.
Can I use Tarn-X on my knives?
Only if your knives are silver or silver plated. Use caution! Your knives may appear to be "silver", but have stainless steel blades with silver-plated handles. If Tarn-X is used on the stainless steel blade, it will discolor it. Look on the blade of your knife for silver or stainless steel stamp or contact the manufacturer. If in doubt, test in a small, hidden area. See the following question for possibly correcting this problem.
Does Tarn-X harm clothing?
Yes. When working with Tarn-X products avoid contact with your clothing. Tarn-X can stain or discolor fabrics/clothing.
How do I remove Tarn-X discoloration from stainless steel?
To attempt to remove the stain, immediately clean the discolored area with baking soda, applied with cold water and a soft rag or steel wool. Be careful not to scratch the surface. Also try running very cold water over the discoloration until it disappears. If this does not work, use a stainless steel and aluminum cleaner, such as CLR® Metal Clear, to attempt to remove the stain.
How do I use Tarn-X?
Prior to using Tarn-X, use soap and hot water to remove any dirt or grime. Rinse with cold water and wipe dry before using Tarn-X. While wearing household rubber gloves, dip a cotton ball or soft cloth in Tarn-X and wipe on tarnished areas. For larger items, apply full strength Tarn-X to about 1/3 of article at a time, then rinse thoroughly. For heavily tarnished pieces, repeat the above process until all tarnish is dissolved. Tarn-X only removes tarnish. Always apply a silver polish after using Tarn-X Tarnish Remover for optimum shine, luster and help protect your silver from tarnishing quickly. After using Tarn-X, rinse immediately with cold water and hand dry with a soft cloth. Never leave Tarn-X on anything longer than two minutes and always test Tarn-X on a small area before cleaning the entire piece. Clean spills immediately. Some laminated surfaces (counter tops) are coated with a synthetic material which may be affected by Tarn-X. Keep Tarn-X away from stainless steel.
How do you dispose of Tarn-X Tarnish Remover?
Never dispose of Tarn-X in your sink, toilet or storm sewer. Contact your local or state government environmental control agency for disposal guidance.
How important is it to rinse an item after using Tarn-X?
Rinsing with cold water IMMEDIATELY after use is one of the most important steps. If Tarn-X is not completely rinsed off, it may darken or discolor your silver. When cleaning multiple items, always thoroughly rinse and towel dry each piece before continuing to the next item.
Is Tarn-X safe to use on brass?
We do not recommend using Tarn-X on brass. The active ingredients in Tarn-X are not compatible with the components of brass (copper and zinc). We recommend using only those products specifically formulated to be safe on brass.
Is Tarn-X safe to use on stainless steel?
Tarn-X should never be used on or near stainless steel, as it may stain or discolor it. This includes stainless steel flatware and sinks.
What can I do if I left Tarn-X on too long?
If Tarn-X is left on too long and is allowed to dry, it may discolor. Silver may turn golden, cloudy or dark gray in color if Tarn-X is left on too long and/or is allowed to dry on the silver. To remove the discoloration, fill a small bowl with 1/2 warm water, 1/2 Tarn-X and two drops of dish soap (Palmolive, Joy, etc.). With a soft clean cloth, wash the item with the mixture and rinse with cold clean water immediately. Dry the item off with a soft clean cloth. As a final step, apply a silver polish, to protect the item. This should restore your piece to its original condition. For large items, make sure you clean about 1/3 of the item at a time.
What is 'artificially oxidized silver' and how can I identify it?
Artificially oxidized silver is silver that has gone through a chemical treatment to alter its look and luster. It gives silver a smoky, almost blackened look. Do NOT use Tarn-X on artificially oxidized silver, as it will remove the artificial oxidation treatment from the silver.
What types of metals can I clean with Tarn-X?
Tarn-X will clean sterling silver, silver plate, platinum, copper, gold and even diamonds. Do not use Tarn-X on poorly plated silver, silver that has scratched or marred surfaces or any item that is not in good condition. Do not mix gold and silver items together when cleaning with Tarn-X.
Why did my copper darken or discolor after using Tarn-X?
The Tarn-X was probably left on too long and/or allowed to dry. To remove the discoloration, use a copper cream or polish and follow the directions to restore the shine.
Why did my silver darken or discolor after using Tarn-X?
Silver may turn golden or dark gray in color if Tarn-X is left on too long and/or is allowed to dry on the silver. To remove the discoloration, fill a small bowl with 1/2 warm water, 1/2 Tarn-X and two drops of dish soap (Palmolive, Joy, etc.). With a soft clean cloth, wash the item with the mixture and rinse with cold clean water immediately. Dry the item off with a soft clean cloth. As a final step, apply a silver polish, to protect the item. This should restore your piece to its original condition. For large items, make sure you clean about 1/3 of the item at a time.
Why does Tarn-X have a mild "chemical odor?"
The odor is the active ingredients in Tarn-X coming into contact with tarnish. This indicates that the tarnish, which is sulfur, is actually being removed with Tarn-X.

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I think everybody loves to have fancy parties for the holidays and use their silver serving pieces, but I know that there isn’t a soul who likes to clean the silver before the guests arrive. As Mary from Shelby Ohio found out, Tarn-X Tarnish Remover is a product you can count on to help reduce the time needed for cleaning silver so you have more time to prepare for your guests. “I was skeptical that this product would work, but am totally amazed at the speed and thoroughness with which it cleaned my silver. I had planned on taking several hours to clean and scrub my plates, bowls and tea service. Instead, I am writing this to thank you for such an excellent product!!!”
Mary Shelby, OH
When the holidays roll around and you unpack your best silver, you need to bring out the shine before your guests arrive. Tony from Essex Maryland put Tarn-X Tarnish Remover to the test and shared his results with me. “I just wanted to say how amazed and impressed I am with this product. I have two silver candlesticks that I polished. When I polished the first one, I took before and after photos and shared them with my friends. I was amazed on how easy it was to clean the silver. Just wanted to thank you for having a product that does exactly as it says it will.”
Tony Essex, MD

Tarn-X® Tarnish Remover Contains:

  • Water CAS #7732-18-5
  • Thiourea CAS #62-56-6
  • Sulfamic Acid CAS #5329-14-6
  • Disodium Cocoamphodiproprionate CAS #68604-71-7
You can obtain more information on ingredients by using the CAS Registry Number® included next to each substance. This numeric identifier is designated to a single substance and can be used to explore a wealth of additional information about that substance.