With the passage of time, your silver jewelry will acquire a tarnish if you do not clean it on a regular basis and this tarnish will make your jewelry look old. This is a difficult and expensive process, which can be avoided if you know how to clean silver jewelry properly. Here are some tips that will help you know how to clean silver jewelry so that it looks new always.
In cleaning your silver jewelry, you should first know how to remove the tarnish and once you know how to remove the tarnish you can use a soft toothbrush or a cotton swab to gently rub off the tarnish and then rinse with warm water and air dry. If you have a tough spot, use a soft cloth dipped into a bowl of liquid dish washing soap and gently rub off the spot until it is totally free of the tarnish. Once you are done, store it in a sealed container in a cool and dry place so that it doesn’t oxidize.
Second, knowing how to clean silver polish. Nowadays, there are many types of silver polish available in the market and you can choose any of them as per your requirement. You can either choose to buy a bottle of silver polish or you can also melt your own silver polish in a bowl of hot water. When the solution is heated, it becomes foamy and when it is mixed with the oil in the hands, it produces a milky and white shine. However, you need to keep in mind that you should never mix the silver polish with water as it leaves an oily residue which will leave your jewelry dull. It is best to mix the silver polish with warm water and then dip a piece of cotton cloth into it and rub the piece.
Third, using DIY methods. There are several ways in which you can clean your sterling silver without the help of professional jewelers. One of them is by making use of a soft toothbrush dipped into rubbing alcohol or soap. Dip the toothbrush into the solution and gently brush the jewelry to get rid of oil and dirt.
Fourth, taking care of your silver jewels. Silver is very vulnerable to scratching especially if it has been worn with fine gemstones. You need to take care of your precious jewels first by storing them away from heat, direct sunlight and moisture. Always remember not to wear your silver jewelry when you are going for a swim. If you have received your gemstones as a gift, then you need to keep them in a safe box which has been lined with silk.
Fifth, soft cloth dipped in rubbing alcohol. There are various solutions, in which you can make use of to get rid of oxidation and tarnish from your jewelry. You can even use lemon juice and vinegar if you have no other choice. These are organic solutions and do not have any adverse effects on your precious piece. They can be used at home by putting some of these essential solutions on cotton. Wash and dry your piece carefully with a soft piece of cloth and you will notice that there is no trace of oil remaining.