How can I tell if a metal is plated - how do I clean?

Solid silver and gold are stamped indicating it is a solid metal. For brass and copper place a magnet on the metal, if it holds to the metal it is plated.

Manufacturers of plated metals do not recommend using polishes; some “plating” is painted on and is paper-thin; these surfaces cannot withstand any cleaning solutions. Quality plated silver can be polished with MAAS Metal Polish. If you are unsure of the quality of your silver we recommend testing on an inconspicuous area. Always read manufacturers recommendations regarding plated metals. Plated metals must be gently wiped with a very soft cloth; use very little pressure; hard rubbing will remove plating even without using cleaning products.

MAAS recommends our polishing cloth or polishing gloves to gently remove tarnish and oxidation from these delicate surfaces.

After polishing some of our customers have stated they apply MAAS Metal Protector, which completely eliminated re-polishing. They periodically wipe their silver with MAAS Polishing Gloves or MAAS Polishing Cloth, which gently removes any discoloration while reapplying the MAAS protection; the polishing gloves and cloth come in handy for last minute touch-ups.

MAAS is safe for chrome plating. Use a very soft cloth to remove discoloration. After cleaning, apply MAAS Metal Protector. The super-strong protection applies a deep luster that no product can duplicate.