How to Clean Your Silver
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!
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.
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
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- Still Tarnished
If your silver item still has tarnishing then reapply the anti tarnishing soap.
- Repeat how to clean your silver
Follow the steps above until all of the silver has become cleaned
- 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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.