We have all wondered at some point: How to clean and maintain sterling silver?
how to clean sterling silver?
Silver jewellery is versatile and lustrous making it one of the most popular choices for making jewellery. Sterling silver (nickel-free) is hypoallergenic and a great option for people with sensitive skins. With its brilliance, long-lasting durability and affordability, it is not hard to see why this precious metal is a staple for every jewellery box. However, incorrectly storing your silver jewellery can cause it to tarnish over time. This is because of the chemical reaction that occurs when oxygen or sulphur reacts with silver. Tarnishing can cause your beautiful silver or sterling silver jewellery pieces to appear discoloured and dirty. Fortunately, caring for your silver/sterling silver jewellery is easier than you thought.
Follow this simple yet comprehensive guide to store and clean silver/sterling silver jewellery and be ever ready to flaunt your shine!
1. Polish With Microfibre Cloth
Store all your jewellery in airtight pouches in your jewellery box. This will keep them safe from humidity and moisture and prevent them from tarnishing. Use a microfibre cloth or smooth flannel to gently polish it to shine regularly. Use back and forth strokes inline with the silver grain for optimal results. Never use tissue or any abrasive fabric as this might scratch your jewellery. Use cotton buds to clean curves and crevices that are hard to reach.
2. Soap and Warm Water
Using phosphate-free soap and warm water is a tried and tested way to clean your silver. Clean your jewellery with a solution of warm water and mild dish-washing soap and restore its lost splendor.
A simple DIY remedy to breathing life into your favourite silver/sterling silver ornaments is by using non-gel based fluoride toothpaste. Squeeze a small amount of toothpaste (that does not contain coarse substances or micro-crystals) onto a soft moist cloth and lightly rub your tarnished silver. Use soft bristled toothbrush to remove tough stains and clean intricate designs of your jewellery. Rinse these silver articles with warm water and dry with soft, non-abrasive cloth.
4. Lemon Juice and Olive Oil
Combine ½ cup of lemon juice with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Dip a soft non-abrasive cloth into the solution and wring out the excess. Use the moistened cloth to clean your silver. Rinse your polished jewellery with warm water and dry with a clean towel.
5. Baking Soda, Aluminium Foil and Water (get scientific!)
Transfer the tarnish off your silver onto aluminium foil with this simple experiment. Line the kitchen sink or glass baking dish with the aluminium foil. Ensure that the dull side faces down, and the shiny side is upwards. Place your tarnished silver jewellery onto the foil and pour boiling water over it until the jewellery is completely immersed. Now add 2 tablespoons each of baking soda and salt and gently stir till all the granules dissolve to avoid scratching. Rest your tarnished jewellery in this mixture for 5/10 minutes. You will notice that the blackness has been transferred onto the foil. Drain the solution and rinse off your jewellery with warm water. Dry using a soft cloth. Watch this video to see a visual demonstration of this method.
Spruce up your jewellery collection with our exclusive selection of sterling silver jewellery. Wear your silver/sterling silver jewellery often to prevent it from darkening and discolouring.
Routine care will ensure that your jewellery sparkles for years. One of the best way of keeping you jewellery tarnish free is by wearing it regularly. The natural skin oils maintains the brilliance and shine of your jewellery. It is important to remove you jewellery while performing household chores are certain chemicals can cause the metal to corrode. Always wear your jewellery last to avoid coating it with perfumes and other cosmetic products.
Follow our Jewellery Care Guide to get tips and tricks on keeping your jewellery glinting and gleaming for long.