How To Clean Silver
How To Clean Silver
Videojug have come along to Wave Contemporary Jewellery, just off London's Carnaby Street, to get some expert advice on the best ways to clean silver jewellery so that you can put the Va va voom back into your favourite pieces the professional way.
Step 1: You will need:
- Silver jewellery cleaning bath
Step 2: Silver bath cleaning
Place the silver item in the tray of the silver bath and lower it into the solution for around ten seconds, then raise the tray and remove the jewellery. Using the brush provided to scrub away any remaining dirt.
Rinse the jewellery under a tap to remove the leftover bath solution.
Using Kitchen roll ensure the piece is completely dry and you will find the shine has returned. Please note that you shouldn't use this method on any jewellery that has black shadowed sections of oxidised silver, as this will remove the black.
Step 3: Silver Cloth
Silver cleaning cloths are available in most high street jewellers. They're impregnated with silver so it helps bring back the shine. Take the item you are cleaning and being careful to use the back and forth method rather than circles, polish with the silver cloth until the shine returns.
Step 4: Cleaning Matt Silver
The matt silver finish is becoming increasingly fashionable and presents a different challenge as the problem is often that it loses the finish and becomes shiny. This can be solved by using a common kitchen scowering cloth also known as a Scotch Bright Pad. Take the item of jewellery and simply rub it with the pad ensuring that you rub it in the same direction to ensure a uniform finish, remember don't rub in circles. Within a short space of time the matt finish will be completely restored.
If you don't have the time or the patience to use any of our methods for cleaning either silver or gold, you can also have them cleaned at a jewellers using these methods or an ultrasonic cleaner. You can also find other ways of cleaning both silver and gold using common household products such as baking soda, toothpaste and even ketchup elsewhere on the Videojug site. If you are unsure of any of these methods consult a jeweller.