Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Home Remedies for Polishing Silver

As time goes by silver loses its luster and shine if not taken care of properly. To prevent this from happening to your silver keep the following in mind.

When silver is exposed to air it tarnishes easily. Silver also tarnishes/corrodes when dust and grime is allowed to settle on it.

When putting away silver make sure it’s wrapped in clean cotton/polyester cloth or you can purchase specially made bags or cloth designed to keep silver in. This will protect the metal from tarnishing.

Make sure to pack each piece of the silver separately after every use. Silver will corrode and lose its glossy sheen appearance if packed together.

Moisture is one of the biggest enemies of silver since it causes it to tarnish or corrode. If you store your silver in a cupboard or drawer make sure you place a few silica gel packets along with it. This will help to keep humidity levels low. If you’re unable to find silica gel packets place a few camphor balls with the silver.

Materials you should not use to store your silver are:
  • Wool
  • Felt
  • Chamois leather
  • Newspaper

These materials tend to tarnish silver. Cotton felt, wool and velvet are three more types of cloth which should not be used since it contains sulfides that can damage the metal.

Rubber and Stainless Steel are two other materials silver should not be kept near.

Listed below are a few home remedies you can use to polish your silver.

If you plan to wear gloves when polishing silver make sure you wear ones made of nitrile. Nitrile gloves do not contain sulfur. Silver tends to tarnish when it comes into contact with sulfur.


First rinse each piece of silver under running warm water from the tap. Then gently wipe dry with a soft clean cloth.

Choose white toothpaste (Clogard is a good brand) and apply some to a clean cloth or sponge. Then apply on the silver using back-and-forth motions.

When finished rinse off with warm water and dry with a soft cloth.

Baking Soda

Mix ½ cup baking soda with enough water to make a paste. Apply the paste onto a clean damp cloth or sponge. Then apply on the silver using back-and-forth motions. Leave for a few minutes for the paste soak the dirt and moisture from the silver. Using a damp cloth wipe off the residue and rinse each piece of silver under warm water. Wipe dry using a clean cloth.

© Suranee Perera 2012

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