Silver Care With proper care, your fine-quality silver will last a lifetime. Keep your silver jewelry either in a cloth pouch or in a separate compartment in your jewelry box. Avoid exposing your silver to bleach or ammonia, or when swimming in chlorinated water, as these chemicals can damage silver. Care should also be taken to prevent silver tarnish build-up, a dulling that naturally occurs when silver reacts with sulfur or hydrogen sulfide in the ambient air. To clean your silver, use polishes formulated specifically to remove tarnish.