Silver is a very beautiful metal used for making jewellery and cutlery as it adds a classy, elegant look. However when it comes to cleaning it, you might often find yourself not knowing what do to.
Silver, as pretty as it is, could be very frustrating – it easily develops tarnish, stains or gets scratched. One of the first rules when it comes to cleaning silver is to do it as often as possible. When it comes to silver items used on a daily basis, you need to clean them straight after use. If it is about jewellery you wear daily, try clean it every other day.
1. Wash silver on a lukewarm water with a phosphate-free detergent or use a 50/50 mix of vinegar and water. Baking soda is great too if you make a paste (baking soda and water). Avoid dipping silver jewellery in mineral water. If you are going to a swimming pool avoid entering the water with your jewellery on as this causes silver pieces to darken.
2. Never wash silver items with other dishes and cutlery. Other metal items can scratch your silver once, therefore you are advised to wash all your silver separately from everything else.
3. When washing your silver do not scrub. This will only scratch it. Use soft cloth or sponge that will not harm the surface.
4. When washing do not use rubber gloves. Avoid them mainly because rubber causes silver to corrode.
5. Polish your silver. This will show it in its real beauty and shine. You can polish silver using plain toothpaste, or a paste made of baking soda and water. Rinse under running water and dry with a damp soft cloth.
Tip: If you have a dishwasher, some cutlery can be washed there, but only if you use non-abrasive powder and avoid washing it with stainless steel items.
Hopefully, this was helpful. If it seems too simple, it is because cleaning silver really is easy. Even though you have to follow strict instructions, it is not that difficult once you know what exactly you need to do. In addition, you can easily clean silver using only home-made materials such as toothpaste, baking soda, vinegar and water.
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