Today we will talk about Sterling Silver Tarnish and How to Clean Sterling Silver, How to take care of it.
The very first question of most of people is Does Sterling Silver Tarnish? and the answer is YES, if you wanna know more about sterling silver tarnish read this post and take a look at the pictures i attached for you, in order to see and to make a difference.
Being a precious possession that is designed and crafted to last for a lifetime, silver jewelry needs to be taken care of otherwise it got a tendency to look dirty and tarnished. This is especially the case of Sterling silver jewelry because silver itself is a soft metal, which can go out of shape quite easily. However, properly maintained silver will keep the good shape.
Good fine jewelry should give you a long time of pleasure. With just a few preventative measures, you can easily keep your sterling silver jewelry from becoming tarnished. Taking time to keep it clean after wearing it and storing it away from light and air is all you need to do to cut down on tarnish significantly and keep you from spending hours trying to get badly tarnished silver clean. The few seconds it takes to wipe it clean are well worth it in the end. It is best and easiest to clean tarnished silver in the first stages. Tarnish on silver will start with a mild color change to yellowish spots and this is easily cleaned by washing the jewelry with a detergent that does not contain any phosphate based chemicals. If your silver jewelry is washed often in this way, you will rarely need any harsher treatments for silver tarnish. When you wash your silver jewelry be careful to avoid getting the jewelry scratched or dented due to being rubbed or hit against the sink or water tap.
Follow the tips below for cleaning silver to make sure your jewelry stays in perfect condition for years to come. As I mentioned in my last article, the silver jewelry is beautiful, cheap, malleable. But it easily get’s tarnished. So, its charm will not stay as long as we want if we don’t take the proper measures to take care of it. Silver sulfide is the stuff that makes your silver look grayish over time. This process is called oxidation.
We have talked last time how to store it. Beside to store it in a dry and clean place there is another advise too. Hang your jewelry up. There are a variety of organizers that have a hanger like hook with numerous clear pouches. Those styles are a great way to keep your earrings separate and visible. And again, put one piece in each pouch to avoid scratches.
Now I will give you some other tips on how to carry them.
Everyday products such as perfumes, body lotion, hairspray and cosmetics can damage your silver jewelry. For this reason, you need to start to change your habits when putting on and removing jewelry. Before you put any jewelry on, you should make sure your lotion and perfume has soaked into your skin and all hair products, especially hairspray, should be applied. When you are removing your silver jewelry, you should take a few seconds to wipe it off with a soft cloth. The components from perfumes, lotions may rush the process of getting dark. Due to oxidation the silver can be damaged easily. Also, when doing household work, like cleaning with chemicals, cooking, taking a shower, it is a good idea to take them off. If you forgot your ring on your finger, don’t be so disappointed. Here is an advice. Prompt cleaning is especially important when the silver jewelry has been exposed to certain foods containing sulfur, or those which are acidic or salty. In particular, common foods such as table salt, eggs, some fruits, onions, mayonnaise, and vinegar are harmful to silver. In any case, wash your silver jewelry right away or at least rinse it well with warm water, and don’t leave silver sitting in dishwater that may contain traces of these foods.
It is important to use the correct method for cleaning this tarnish. Harsh chemicals like alcohol or ammonia can damage the piece beyond repair. If the tarnish is light on the jewelry, it easily can be repaired with a mixture of baking soda and warm water, not hot. This procedure will make your jewelry like new. Don’t try to use only baking soda without water to scratch. It is abrasive, and will damage it. Many people will also recommend the toothpaste. I will say to stay away from it. The toothpaste is abrasive too.
There are some chemicals special made for this problem. They are called silver cleanser or silver spray polish. After applying on the jewelry, wait for couple minutes for the effect, and then wipe it with a dry cloth. Make sure you dry the piece completely after washing it. This method should restore your ornament to its former glory.
In case if your silver jewelry is too tarnished, just take it to a jewelry store for a professional cleaning.
I found useful another tip to maintain your silver jewelry shinny. After you bought some silver jewelry, you can smear a thin layer of transparent nail polish on its surface which can isolate the jewelry from the air and prevent the discoloration. In this way, your beloved jewelry can shinny all the time. For better effect, you should repeat this step every 10 days. If you want to remove the nail polish, soak the jewelry in the banana water and rinse it with clean water.
During the daily wearing, there are some notes you should pay attention to. Do not wear silver jewelry together with other metal jewelry to avoid the deformation or scratches caused by collision.
The beauty of your jewelry depends on you, the way you wear it, how you take care of it, and how to clean it. The advises I provided were tested by me. But whatever you will do, if you are not careful you may lose your jewelry charm. Following easy steps day by day will be a success on maintaining your silver. If you have any question about Sterling Silver Tarnish and How to Clean Sterling Silver, feel free to ask me, and i’ll do my best to help you.
Be proud of yourself! Wear the jewelry you like and makes you happy!