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What is The Best Way to Clean and Maintain Your Silver Jewellery?

Por Saffron Trait 27 May 2024
What is The Best Way to Clean and Maintain Your Silver Jewellery?

With its incredible shine and classic style, silver jewelry makes any outfit look more put-together. Unlike gold or platinum, silver tends to lose its shine over time. These changes in brightness and color can be annoying, but don't worry! Cleaning and taking care of it correctly ensures that your silver jewelry looks great for years.

1. Understanding the Importance of Proper Cleaning and Maintenance

Silver jewelry turns black when it comes into contact with sulfur in the air. This reaction produces silver sulfide, a dark chemical that covers the jewelry's surface. Although it's not dangerous, it makes silver look less beautiful.

Not only does not cleaning your silver jewelry look bad, but it can also shorten its life. If you don't treat tarnish, it can build up and be hard to eliminate. Cleaning your silver regularly keeps this buildup from happening and makes it easy to return its original shine.

2. Common Issues with Untreated Silver Jewelry

Silver jewelry that hasn't been handled can have several issues, such as:

  • Dullness: As we already said, tarnish is the most common problem. It causes silver to lose its shine and look dull or even black.
  • Pitting: Pitting is the term for the small holes that appear on the surface of silver after it has been tarnished for a long time. Pitting is more likely if the rust stays on the silver longer.
  • Brittleness: Silver that has been tarnished can become flimsy over time, making breaking easier. Regular cleaning helps keep the metal in good shape.

3. The Impact of Environmental Factors on Silver Jewelry

Some things in the surroundings can speed up the tarnishing process:

  • Humidity: When there is a lot of moisture in the air, things can tarnish faster. When you come into contact with certain chemicals, like bleach, ammonia, and even some beauty items, they can react with silver and turn it black.
  • Contact with the skin: The natural oils and sweat on your skin can also tarnish, especially if your skin is acidic. If you know about these things, you can take steps to prevent the damage to your silver jewelry. For instance, storing your silver in airtight containers or bags can help prevent it from getting wet and polluted.

4. Gentle Cleaning Methods-Using Mild Soap and Water

Let's start the cleaning process now! The good news is that it's easy to clean most silver jewelry:

What you need

  • Warm water
  • Mild dish soap
  • A toothbrush or baby brush with soft bristles
  • A soft cloth, like cotton or microfiber

How to Do It

  • Hot Bath: Put some light dish soap in a bowl and fill it with warm water.
  • Put your jewelry in water: Silver jewelry should be put in the washing water and left to soak for some time. How long it takes will depend on how bad the rust is. 5 to 10 minutes should be enough for only slightly damaged pieces. If you have worse rust, you may need to soak up to 30 minutes longer.
  • Using a soft brush: To remove dirt or rust from silver jewelry, gently scrub the surface with a soft-bristled brush. Do not put too much pressure on the metal, as this can scratch it.
  • Very well rinse and dry: Wash the jewelry well in clean, warm water to remove any soap residue. Use a soft, clean cloth to dry it all the way through. Leaving any kind of wetness on the silver can make it tarnish faster.

5. Polishing Techniques for Restoring Shine

If the pieces are very tarnished or you want to bring back their bright shine, you may need to add an extra polishing step after the cleaning steps above:

What you need:

  • Cloth for polishing silver
  • Baking soda is not required.
  • Aluminum foil is a choice.

How to Do It:

  • Silver Polishing Cloth: A silver polishing cloth is usually all you need if your silver is only slightly dulled. A light abrasive is often used on these cloths to help remove tarnish and polish the silver to a shine. Move the cloth around in a circle and gently rub it over the jewelry.
  • Baking Soda Paste: Mix baking soda and water to make a paste that can remove tough tarnish. Use a damp cloth to put the paste on the silver and slowly rub it in. Rinse well and let dry completely.
  • Aluminum Foil: The aluminum foil method is used for heavily tarnished pieces. Put aluminum foil (shiny side up) around the edges of a baking dish. Ensure all your silver jewelry hits the foil when put in the dish. For every cup of water, add one tablespoon of baking soda. Pour enough hot water to cover the jewelry. Please remember that the aluminum and baking soda in this method combine chemically to eliminate the tarnish. The heat and chemicals in this method can damage silver jewelry with gems or parts that are soldered together, so don't use them on those items.
  • Set it Aside: Let the jewelry sit in hot water for five to ten minutes. The rust should start to move to the aluminum foil. Remove and dry the jewelry, run clean water over it several times, and pat it dry with a soft cloth.

Extra Advice on How to Keep Your Silver Jewellery in Good Shape

  • How to Store It: When you're not wearing your silver jewelry, keep it somewhere cool and dry, out of direct sunlight. The best storage methods are airtight bags or pouches that keep metal from tarnishing.
  • Separate Parts: Keep your silver jewelry in separate boxes so it doesn't scratch other silver jewelry.
  • Take away Before Activities: Before you shower, swim, put on lotions and makeup, or take off your silver jewelry. The chemicals in these items can make the silver look dirty.

Keep It Clean: No matter how you store your silver jewelry, you should still clean it every so often, based on how usually you wear it—cleaning pieces worn a lot once a month is suggested. Pieces that are worn less frequently can be cleaned every two months.

Cleaning by Professionals

If the piece is filthy, especially with small features or gemstones, you should take it to a professional jeweler for cleaning. They use special tools and methods to clean jewelry safely and without damaging it.

Follow these easy cleaning and care tips to ensure your silver jewelry looks great for years. Remember that if you take good care of your silver treasures, they can continue adding a touch of classic beauty to your look for many years. Ready to invest in timeless elegance? Order now from Saffron Trait and keep your silver shining!

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