Aluminum/anodized aluminum: will not tarnish, but will dull with wear.
The best way to clean is to hand wash with
dish soap (original Dawn is best). Do not
use anything with a skin softening agent,
as it attracts dirt & oils that will dull
Copper, brass and bronze: some people like the natural patina of these metals,
but if you prefer yours to stay bright & shiny,
immerse it in a container of lemon or lime juice,
and swish around until the shine is back. Hand wash
gently with dish soap, dry with a towel, and allow
it to fully dry before storing.
Warning: putting damp pieces in a plastic bag will
cause it to patina quickly.
**Recent tests have shown that plain white, distilled vinegar works best
(in my opinion), and if you leave the piece soak it won't pit the metal.
Silver: can be cleaned as normal silver jewelry, with polish
or a cloth. (unless it is mixed with another metal,
then the lemon juice method is recommended.)
**all of your chainmaille should be kept out of the sun, and away from chemicals,
such as bleach or chlorine. Store sealed, in a dry, dark place with a tarnish
tab for best results.