If you enjoy the look of your beautiful silver jewellry, you need to take adequate care of your pieces. Often jewellry items hold a sentimental value, since people receive them as gifts, or inherit from their relatives. Regardless of what the history behind your silver brooch, medallion and ring is, you should know how to perform effective cleaning service so that your jewellry always looks great.
Unfortunately, silver jewellry easily develops tarnish, scratches and stains. Since jewellry pieces are usually delicate, you may feel less inclined to clean them. There are certain methods for this sort of cleaning service, which don’t require expensive tools or much experience in the field of cleaning. You can use any of them to great success:
- Cleaning with aluminium foil - this method has proven effective many times. It is easy and doesn’t require a lot of time to perform. What you need to do is line a bowl with aluminium foil and fill it with hot water. Add one tablespoon of laundry detergent. Once you have prepared your solution, dip the silver pieces in the mix and let them soak for a minute. Rinse after that and air dry to reveal the restored beauty of your silver. This method is so effective thanks to the chemical process known as ion exchange. The same can be used to get your silverware sparkling clean in no time at all.
- Cleaning with toothpaste - thanks to the hydrated silica in the toothpaste, stains are easily removed from silver jewellry. What you need to do is squeeze just a small amount of paste on your finger. Rub the paste all around your rings or whatever it is you are performing cleaning service on. Rinse and dry. In case the paste didn’t do its magic the first time, you can go for a second round, with more focus on stained areas this time.
- Cleaning with baking soda - apart from having great many uses in eco-friendly home cleaning, baking soda does an amazing job in making your jewellry look great again. This is how it works: first, mix a quarter cup of soda with water so that you have a thick paste. Use a sponge to apply the paste on your silver pieces and rub gently to clean. As a side note, the same mix can be used in cleaning gold jewellry. The only difference is that you can add some vinegar to the solution. Be careful not to use this cleaning method on jewellry with gems and pearls, as it can loosen the glue that is holding these elements.
- Cleaning with ketchup - yes, really! Ketchup actually does a wonderful job in restoring tarnished silver. If the surface of your jewellry item is smooth, you can dip it in ketchup for a few minutes. In case your items have detailed surfaces, you can use an old toothbrush to cover all the small crevices. Remember that leaving the silver for too long in ketchup may damage it.
- Cleaning with vinegar - vinegar is among the all-purpose champions of the green cleaning world. It does wonders in numerous chores around your home. Turns out it is great for cleaning silver too. What you need is mixture of 2 tablespoons baking soda and half a cup of white vinegar. Leave your jewellry in the mix for 2-3 hours. It will shine like new after that.
Feel free to use any of these cleaning methods to get your jewellry back in shape. Undoubtedly, you will find what works best for you and return the shine to your beautiful silver pieces.