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How to clean silver – easily.

by Edinburgh Silver

How to Clean Your Silver

 
Cleaning silver, it seems like a delicate tedious task but it doesn’t have to be. It is easy to clean even the most tarnished silver. Here’s how to clean silver
 
Do any of you already own some silver but you have no idea how to clean it and keep it looking brand new? Well, we guarantee that taking the little time to clean it could not be easier.
 
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How to Clean a Silver Goblet 

As you can see this silver goblet is extremely dirty and tarnished. All because it was left for nearly half a decade in a kitchen without being cleaned. it was neglected and never taken care of. If you’re thinking cleaning this goblet below would be a nightmare then think again!

how to clean silver a very tarnished silver goblet
Before Cleaning 

Just look at the results our steps to cleaning silver can bring you. Cleaning this goblet took around 3-4 minutes and the results we got were truly stunning.

a silver goblet looking like new after cleaning the silver
After Cleaning 

The Simple Steps To Cleaning Silver 

Follow our few, simple steps below and your silver items will seriously look like it’s gone from looking 200 years old and ready for the dump. To looking like it’s been cleaned and polished yesterday by a silversmith himself. Our Silver Cups 

Time needed: 5 minutes.

How To Clean Silver 

  1. Prepare the surface of the silver

    Rinse under running water to ensure its clean from dust and any debris that has built up over the years 

  2. Apply Anti-Tarnish Silver Soap

    We personally use anti-Tarnish Silver Soap from Town Talk Polish Co. Ltd  generously to the silver with a sponge applicator.

  3. Rub the Silver 

    Once you’ve have applied the anti tarnish , rub the silver soap into the item with the sponge applicator. Then continuously do this until the tarnish is gone.how to clean silver a goblet covered in anti tarnish soap and the goblet looks red

  4. Rinse the silver again 

    After you have given the silver you want to clean a good rubbing with the sponge. Rinse of the anti tarnishing soap under running water rinsing of the anti tarnish soap from a silver goblet

  5. Still Tarnished 

    If your silver item still has tarnishing then reapply the anti tarnishing soap.silver goblet half way through the cleaning one part shiny the other part tarnished

  6. Repeat how to clean your silver 

    Follow the steps above until all of the silver has become cleaned how to clean a silver goblet to look like new

  7. The Final Clean 

    Once you have removed all the tarnishing and removed the anti tarnishing soap. Then buff with a lint free cloth. This will give you an extra shine and also remove all your finger marks.

before and after picture of the silver goblet on how to clean silver

The Cleaned Silver Goblet 

It really is that simple to transform silverware from something that looks like you should throw it away. To a sparkling shiny, beautiful piece of silver that it once was. Your silver never need be dull ever again 

half cleaned silver goblet
Half Cleaned Silver Goblet 

Products To Clean Silver 

We recommend this anti-tarnish silver soap as we have found it to be the most effective method of removal of tarnish and produces the best results. Town Talk Polish 

Alternative Methods  To Clean Your Silver 

Toothpaste For Cleaning Silver

Simply Squeeze a dab of  toothpaste on a piece of cloth or flannel, and rub like crazy onto silver. Please be careful using this method as some toothpastes can be quite abrasive. Consequently it can scratch the surface of the silver.

Baking soda and water:

 Mix baking soda and water to make a paste. It will become a nice thick paste. Once it has reached a desired consistency then rub silver with it.

Water Baking Soda and Aluminum foil 

Place the  silver items  in an aluminium pan or a baking dish lined with tin foil.(aka aluminium foil) Liberally sprinkle baking soda over the pieces of foil. Pour boiling water over top and allow it to soak for about 15 minutes. Consequently the tarnish will magically appear on the foil rather than the silver.

Aluminum foil and vinegar: 

Line the base of a skillet with foil, shiny side facing upward. Mix 1 cup vinegar per quart of water, and bring liquid to a boil. Place silver into boiling water and soak for about five minutes before turning off stove. Remove silver pieces and rinse them with hot water. Wipe dry with soft cloth.

The magic behind this method is that the tarnish on the silver reacts with aluminium. The silver sulphide (the dark tarnish) is carried in the solution to the aluminium and removes it from the silver. However do remember when removing your silver from the boiling water. Do not burn yourself 

Rubbing alcohol:

For mild mineral spots or residue, combine 1 part rubbing alcohol and 4 parts water in a bow. then dip a clean cloth or rag into the mixture, and rub over silver. Then wipe dry with a clean cloth.

Lemon Juice And Salt 

Your silver will sparkle after soaking overnight in a mixture of 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, 1 1/2 cups water, and 1/2 cup of instant dry milk. However if you choose this method ensure you rub off all the salt before polishing. Otherwise the salt will start to scratch your polished silver surface.

How To Keep Your Silver Clean Once It Is Clean 

Now you have used one of the cleaning methods above. Consequently you want to keep it looking clean. 

So how do you keep your silver clean 

There are many ways to slow down the process but you can never stop the tarnishing of silver. Silver even reacts with the air around us so it will eventually tarnish

Will Chalk Help To Keep My Silver Untarnished 

Yes will help to slow down the process of tarnishing. Chalk Does this by absorbing the moisture in the air. The less moisture in the air the less reaction on the silver surface. Place a few chalk sticks in the same drawer as your silver. 

Will rubber damage my silver 

Yes rubber is very toxic to silver items. Never leave any silver near rubber gloves. If you have silver rings please take them off off if you wash the pots in rubber gloves. 

Will handling silver cutlery tarnish them.

Yes the oils from our skin cause the silver to tarnish. Once they have been cleaned after use always rub with a lint free cloth before placing them back in storage.

Can I place Silver in a bag to protect it 

Yes placing your items inside a plastic bag will help. How will it help ? well by preventing extra moisture getting into the bag. Ensure its a ziplock bag.  Add acid free tissue paper in the bag.

Will silica gel bags help protect my silver item

Yes the little slice gel bag that seem to come in everything now do help. They help in the same way as chalk does. They absorb the moisture in the air thus slowing down the chemical reaction.

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