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Cleaning medals and badges

Article about: I dont know if here is the best place to post these, but i didnt find a better place. Anyone has some advices for cleaning medal and badges? To keep them away from rust and, if there is any

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    I dont know if here is the best place to post these, but i didnt find a better place.

    Anyone has some advices for cleaning medal and badges? To keep them away from rust and, if there is any - especially in badges - what you can use to clean it?

    thank you in advance for the advices

    Marcelo
    Last edited by rbminis; 06-15-2019 at 03:36 PM. Reason: Typo

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    I would ask a Mod to move this to the Awards forum.

    Personally, I would never clean an award. Removing the age and Patina will only devalue it.

    Relic/ground dug awards may be cleaned depending on the circumstances and condition

    Awards with zinc pest should be preserved with a light coat of Vasiline
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    Hi Marcelo, I would generally avoid cleaning them. I would only focus on their preservation. Keep them in a place protected from dust, sunlight and of course humidity. Sometimes attempting to clean medals and badges can ruin them, or at best, like MAP said, devalue them.

    Regards,
    MG.

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    Over cleaning will remove a lot of the medals value along with any
    sense of history it may of had.
    When I get a new iron cross, all I will ever do is take a used, soft bristle
    toothbrush and remove any dust ,loose dirt or rust.

    I would never dream of polishing or removing the patina.
    gregM
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