How can i safely clean my dog tag?

I recently bought a nickle plated dog tag that has a picture engraved onto it. I want to know how to clean it without the risk of messing up the picture. What kind of cleaner/cloth should i use? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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frollard6 years ago
Work your way up til you find what works safely:

Just a damp rag.

Then just a damp rag with a bit of gentle soap...

Then a damp rag with some glass cleaner

Then a rag with some metal cleaner/brasso (careful rubbing too hard, it cleans by polishing a layer off)

...what is on it?
tictaclad (author)  frollard6 years ago
right now im just using a piece of soft cotton shirt with a bit of water and that seems to take off any fingerprints. its a picture of my dad we lost him in '06 so its not something i would want to risk messing up. thanks for such a quick answer!!
best of luck with it - if its really delicate, there might be a polyurethane clearcoat or the like that you can add that seals the surface and prevents abrasion from damaging the picture -- but again, research before applying anything!
tictaclad (author)  frollard6 years ago
caarntedd6 years ago
Whatever you try, do it on the back of the tag first, so any adverse effect won't ruin your picture.
tictaclad (author)  caarntedd6 years ago
That's a good idea the only problem is that i have engraved words on the back. But i would imagine the picture would be much easier to ruin than the words so i still will use that method. Thanks for the tip and quick response!!