The wedding season is here and looking at the scenario of demonetization, gifting gold is out of option! Silver, on the other hand, is beautiful, versatile and has a soft luster that imbibes a sophisticated and elegant touch to the artifacts, gift items and dishes. Now the bad news! Silver tarnish easily and develops stains and scratches. Most of the times, we are clueless on the care and upkeep of the silver items, however, you don’t have to be a professional to clean and maintain silver artifacts.
Here are a few tips by Preeti Sogani, M.D, Sogani Jewellers to clean your silver like a pro!
- Clean your silver using soft, dry cloth without using any chemical, acid or acetone. Avoid polishing as it may remove protective lacquering.
- Do not keep your silver in extreme heat and avoid wrapping it in plastic bags as it may cause dampness which speeds up tarnishing.
- As silver is a soft metal, it should be handled with care. Avoid improper handling and wear gloves while cleaning the precious metal to avoid abrasion.
- Store in a clean, dry place preferably on a butter paper or soft white cloth.
- Do you know that toothpaste can clean tarnish? Apply a small amount of paste on the silver, run it under warm water and make a foam that will remove the stubborn stains and dirt from the intricate parts. Use only a soft-bristled toothpaste.
- A mixture of a teaspoon salt in white vinegar if applied on the silver jewelry results in the much-needed shine and luster. Give a final touch by polishing it with a soft fabric.
- Rub a paste of baking soda with warm water on silver, rinse it with warm water and polish with a dry soft cloth. You can directly sprinkle baking soda on the silver to remove the stubborn tarnish.
- White salt can work wonders for silver. In a pan, place an aluminum foil at the bottom and add water (2-3-inches), salt. Bring the mixture to a boil and add silver items; immerse silver items completely in the liquid and dry & buff with a soft cloth.