How to Polish Silver: 5 homemade techniques which will Clean your Pieces of Jewelry!
But what can we do if our silver is already tarnished?
Before starting, it’s necessary to say that you can obtain better results by bringing your pieces of jewelry to your goldsmith, who will clean it with some advanced goldsmithing techniques.
But if you want to try to get a homemade polishing, here there are some simple and inexpensive ways to remove tarnish, polish and clean silver.
BAKING SODA: THE MOST IMPORTANT ALLY FOR SILVER POLISHING
When we talk about homemade silver polishing, baking soda is surely our best ally. Cleaning pieces of silver jewelry with baking soda is very simple: all you need is 1,5 tablespoons of soda for every gallon of water. Bring to boil and put the tarnished silver inside for 15 seconds.
For a better polishing, you can use a toothbrush
LEMON SODA IS PERFECT FOR SILVER CLEANING
Put some lemon drops on your silver jewelry and rub with a towel. After that, rinse your silver with warm water.
TOOTHPASTE TO FIGHT SILVER OXIDATION
Non-abrasive toothpaste is a perfect ally for the cleaning of your silver pieces. Squeeze some toothpaste on some cloth or a toothbrush and rub gently. Leave it for some minutes and then rinse off the toothpaste with some warm water.
REUSE! YOU CAN USE POTATO WATER FOR SILVER POLISHING
The acids in the potato can help dissolve the rust. Place your pieces of silver in the potato water and, if you want, add some salt and soap. Allow the silver to sit for at least an hour and then remove it and wipe dry to remove the tarnish.
SALT AND ALUMINIUM PAN, YOUR PALS FOR SILVER POLISHING
Fill an aluminum pan with hot water and then add some salt. Soak your tarnished pieces of jewelry and wait; in the end, rinse and dry each piece.
As seen, there are plenty of handmade techniques that can be used to polish your tarnished silver and to make your pieces of jewelry shine again.
The most important thing is prevention! Store your pieces of jewelry into some boxes and keep them safe from light and oxygen: this will help you to keep your pieces of jewelry shiny and polished.