Several of my silver jewelry
pieces have been looking less than stellar of late. So I've added: "Necklaces -- clean them!!
" to my ever-growing things-to-do list. Being a bit of a Web nerd, I got to thinking about what tips and warnings on silver care might be floating around in cyberspace. So I took a look. The best guide I found was wikiHow's "How to Clean Silver."
Here are some highlights:
- Avoid no-rub silver dips. They work by creating an electrochemical reaction, which dissolves the tarnish. However, they are harsh, and the experts don't use them.
- Be safe and opt for a specially formulated silver polish.
- Apply the polish gently, with a back and forth rubbing motion. Don't rub in circles and don't rub hard or you risk damaging the surface of your silver.
- Rinse carefully under running water and dry with a clean, soft cloth.
Now for a few surprising facts about caring for silver:
- Did you know that acidic and salty foods will dull the shine on silver? Common culprits are eggs, mayo, salt, onions and vinegar.
- Don't wear rubber gloves when handling your silver because rubber erodes it.
- It's possible to use toothpaste to clean silver. Just make sure you test it out on a non-valuable piece or inconspicuous spot (such as the underside of a vase) first. Oh, and make sure you use actual paste toothpaste, not the gel variety.
- Baking soda can also be used, but rubbing it onto silver causes a chemical reaction, so don't breathe the fumes! Who knew?!