Should I panic if my silver dulls or tarnishes? The simple answer is no. There are many ways to restore your silver, from jewellery to cutlery, it can all be done in the same ways. Firstly you need to understand that it's simply exposure to light and air that has made your silver appear dull and tarnished, it's not damaged and that there are simple ways to help take care of your favourite silver pieces.
Cleaning your silver is an important process that will ensure all your favourite pieces are always looking at their best or ready to wear. When we ask ourselves how to take of silver, often the first question is, how often do I need to clean them? If you are wanting to clean your jewellery, then it all depends on how often you wear the individual piece. Silver jewellery worn everyday will tarnish far slower than pieces you keep in your drawer. Worn everyday, your jewellery will maintain its shine as it won't react with other chemicals or your skin. When silver is left in a drawer or exposed to light and air, the metal can begin to tarnish.
So, how to take of your silver and how do i go about cleaning it? Of course you can go out and buy silver polish and specialised clothes, but these can either be hard to find or costly. There is one far easier and cheaper way to take care of your silver and restore it to its former glory. You will no doubt have what you need in the kitchen cupboard. First mix bicarbonate of soda with a little warm water to make a paste. Apply this paste to your silver and leave it on for a few minutes. Gently remove the paste with a soft cloth. If you need to clean more intricate pieces like rings, you can use a small toothbrush, with a gentle circular motion. Rinse off the paste and buff with a cloth. Your silver should be like new.
When taking care of your silver, you need to remember what not to use. Silver is a robust metal, but not indestructible. Avoid using anything that might scratch the silver and don't store it near any non-precious metals such as stainless steel. This may lead to increased tarnishing. After cleaning, the most effective way you can take care of your silver jewellery is to wear it. Don't be afraid to damage it, being on you and the natural friction caused in everyday movement will help reduce the tarnishing process.
5 steps of how to clean sterling silver:
1. Make a thick paste from cornflour & water.
2. Apply it to the tarnished silver.
3. Let the paste dry completely.
4. Remove the paste with a towel.
5. Polish the surface to restore the shine.