How to Clean Silver
At Dicci we have several silver accessories. So we want to show you some ways to clean them and remove the dark appearance, so your jewelry will always look shiny.
Silver can be easily scratched, so be careful when cleaning your pieces. When polishing, use broad strokes across the grain of the silver and do not rub in circles, also change the section of the cloth frequently to avoid tarnishing the silver. You can use a special silver cloth, but a lint-free flannel, microfiber or soft cloth will also do the same job.
- Water and Soap
Warm water and a mild, ammonia- and phosphate-free soap is a great solution when polishing alone has not been effective. This is one of the least evasive methods, if polishing is not enough, you should use this before any other.
Toothpaste is a good polishing product for oxidized silver. First wash your pieces with a mild soap. Then use a cotton pad to wipe the toothpaste across the piece for polishing purposes. At the end, clean your pieces under running water and dry them well with a soft cloth.
- Olive Oil and Lemon Juice
Mix 1/2 cup of lemon juice with a teaspoon of olive oil. Dip a soft cloth or microfiber cloth into the solution and then make broad strokes to polish the silver. At the end, rinse under running water and polish again with a dry cloth.
- Baking Soda, Salt, and Aluminum Foil
Line a bowl with aluminum foil with the dull side facing down. Bring water to a boil and add 2 tablespoons of baking soda and salt. Stir the solution to allow everything to dissolve, it is very important that there are no grains so as not to scratch the silver. Place your pieces in the bowl. Wait 5 to 10 minutes and remove them. Rinse the jewelry under running water and at the end you should polish and dry it with a soft cloth.
- Specific Products for Cleaning Silver
There are also specific products for cleaning silver that can be bought in supermarkets.
After using any cleaner, be sure to rinse the silver thoroughly under running water. This is very important, especially for engraved or detailed pieces, because in addition to preventing tarnishing, the materials can stick in crevices and harden.
These methods are not for all types of silver jewelry. This means that you should not completely wash jewelry with pearls or stones in these mixtures, because it can damage them.