Military medals are a source of pride for many service members and veterans. Cleaning medals helps preserve their shine and gives a better overall appearance to a uniform. According to About.com, wear gloves throughout cleaning to avoid getting perspiration on a medal, which causes oxidation.
Clean with a brush
Clean the face and back of each medal with a soft, dry brush. A gentle brush prevents scratches and wear.
Transfer the medals
Place the medals in an acid-free tissue, or return them immediately to their original cases.
Store in cool, dry place
Store the medals in a cool, dark and dry room away from extreme heat and sunlight.