How to clean your metal jewelery

How to clean your metal jewelery

How to Clean Silver

When cleaning silver plated jewelry you want to be gentle, so as not to wear away the silver coating. 


Remember While silver is the metal that is generally associated with tarnishing, it can occur on just about any type of metal such as aluminum, copper and brass. They only metals that are normally immune from post-plate tarnishing are precious metals like gold, palladium and platinum.

Some common tarnish-resistant metals include stainless steel, platinum, palladium, titanium, and tungsten.

Copper, brass, and bronze, are all particularly vulnerable to tarnishing and will need maintenance to prevent its dulling effects over time. The presence of other metals, such as copper, zinc and nickel, make the silver alloy of sterling silver tarnish more easily.

 Cleaning silver is an essential aspect of maintaining its lustrous appearance and preventing tarnish. Here's a guide for your blog on the best ways to clean silver:

  1. Mild Soap and Water:
    • Start with the gentlest method. Mix a few drops of mild dish soap with warm water.
    • Use a soft cloth or a sponge to apply the soapy water to the silver.
    • Gently rub the silver item, paying attention to intricate details.
    • Rinse thoroughly with clean water and dry with a soft, lint-free cloth.
  2. Baking Soda Paste:
    • Create a paste by mixing baking soda with water. The consistency should be thick enough to adhere to the silver.
    • Apply the paste to the silver using a soft cloth or sponge.
    • Gently rub in circular motions, especially on tarnished areas.
    • Rinse with water and dry thoroughly.
  3. Aluminum Foil and Baking Soda Bath:
    • Line a bowl with aluminum foil, ensuring that the shiny side is facing up.
    • Fill the bowl with warm water and add baking soda (about 1-2 tablespoons per liter of water).
    • Place the silver items in the solution, making sure they are in direct contact with the aluminum foil.
    • Allow the items to soak for a few minutes, and tarnish should transfer from the silver to the foil.
    • Rinse the silver under running water and dry with a soft cloth.
  4. Commercial Silver Cleaners:
    • There are many commercial silver cleaning products available. Follow the instructions on the product carefully.
    • Typically, you apply the cleaner to a cloth or sponge and gently rub the silver.
    • Rinse and dry as directed.
  5. Silver Polishing Cloth:
    • Silver polishing cloths are treated with chemicals that remove tarnish.
    • Gently rub the silver with the cloth, and the tarnish should come off.
    • These cloths are convenient for routine maintenance and can be used without water.
  6. Preventive Measures:
    • Store silver in a cool, dry place.
    • Use anti-tarnish strips or bags when storing silver to reduce tarnishing.
    • Avoid exposing silver to harsh chemicals, perfumes, and household cleaners.

Remember, while these methods work for many silver items, it's crucial to consider the specific characteristics of your jewelry or silverware. Delicate or antique pieces may require extra care, and it's advisable to consult with a professional if you have concerns about cleaning valuable or intricate silver items. Always follow the care instructions provided by the manufacturer.

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