Know Everything About Tips On How to Keep the Silver Sparkling and in
There are some
tips on polishing the silver to keep them sparkling and in good
condition. In this article you will learn on how to polish the silver
and what polish shall you use.
How to clean
the silver pieces with the gold linings or lacquer finishes? Here are
some tips that can be helpful for you.
RESULTS IN POLISHING SILVER,
wash it first in hot water with a detergent or soap. Then use a good
silver polish, based on whiting or jeweler's rouge, or use either of
these two substances with ammonia or denatured alcohol. Avoid
polishes that contain harsh abrasives such as silica. The
electrolytic method, which involves aluminum and zinc, plus baking
soda, or salt and soda, is harmless but jewelers frown upon it. It
removes the oxidation completely, leaving the design flat and the
finish dead. Also not recommended by silver authorities are the
"dip and shine" polishes. These are not only expensive but
require great care and caution in use. They remove the oxidation from
designs and have a tendency to "burn" the finish. This does
not mean that these polishes eat into the silver, but that they can
cause a discoloration that is not attractive.
IF YOU USE A
COMMERCIAL POLISH, or one of the treated silver-polishing cloths,
read the directions and follow them carefully. Polishes made with
whiting will be white in color, while those containing jeweler's
rouge will be pink.
IF YOU WANT TO
MAKE YOUR OWN POLISH get a fine grade of gilder's whiting at a good
paint store it is very inexpensive and apply it with a damp cloth,
soft brush, or sponge moistened with ammonia. Go over the silver
carefully, in straight even strokes, and wipe off the tarnish. Let
the powder dry on the silver, then polish it with a soft flannel
cloth or piece of chamois leather. This is how England's famous
silver is cleaned, in a matter of minutes, however tarnished it may
be. If you want a brighter polish, use alcohol with your whiting
instead of ammonia. Last of all, wash the silver to remove every
trace of polish, rinse it in hot water, and wipe it dry. Polish left
on silver causes it to retarnish more rapidly.
WITH GOLD LININGS should never be polished inside. The lining is a
mere wash and gold is a soft metal. It can be removed by just plain
rubbing. New linings, of course, can be put in by your jeweler.
THE CARE OF
SILVER PLATE is the same as for sterling or solid silver, but don't
rub it too hard or too often, or it will have to be replated.
Actually, silver does not need to be polished vigorously each time
you remove tarnish. Just wipe the tarnish, wash the piece carefully,
and it will be lovely when you wipe it dry.
PLASTIC FINISHES are sometimes applied to ornamental silver pieces so
that they will not require cleaning or polishing. Lacquered pieces
need only dusting or an occasional washing in mild lukewarm suds.
Lacquering silver is a job best done by a jeweler.
SILVER IS A CHORE, clean and polish the little-used pieces, wash them
carefully, wrap them in tissue paper or special cloth from your
jewelry store, and put them away until needed. They will remain
bright because air is excluded. A camphor mothball or two in your
silver chest or drawer helps keep tarnish away too.
silver in hot water with detergent or soap before polishing, use only
good silver polish based on jeweler's rouge. You can use a commercial
polish or treated silver-polishing cloths. You can also use fine
grade of gilder's whitting.
polish the silverware or silver piece, do not polish the inside of
the silver piece with the gold lining. Silver doesn't need to be
polished every time. Silver with lacquer or plastic finishes can be