Hi there Ingram and thanks for joining us. I’d avoid using ash on your silver as it would be too abrasive vs. a milder liquid or paste cleaner…and it may cause cancer in your silver…(sorry, I could not resist).
Polish your silver as often as is necessary to keep it looking its best. We store silver we are not using in zip-loc bags to prevent tarnish as most chemicals that tarnish silver are airborne. Once your silver has been polished, you will find that a periodic gentle washing in warm soapy water, a good rinse and pat dry will keep it looking great. My view is that silver is an art form and deserves to be displayed, not hidden away for fear of a little tarnish.