HOW TO CLEAN SILVER NECKLACES


Here's a list of what you'll learn in this post:


  • Cleaning methods:

A. The water+soap method

B. The baking soda+soapy water method

C. Olive oil+lemon juice-the drenching method

D. Olive oil+lemon juice-the tabbing method

E. The white vinegar+baking soda method

  • Cleaning mistakes to avoid
  • How to prevent silver necklaces from tarnishing



You might think that cleaning your silver necklaces is a tedious task, but it doesn't have to be! With a little elbow grease and the right tools, you can have them sparkling in no time.



CLEANING METHODS:



WATER + SOAP


Water and dish soap can clean silver because of their chemical composition. Dish soap is made of surfactants, molecules that lower water's surface tension. This allows the dish soap to penetrate grease and grime on your silverware more easily. The water itself also plays a role in breaking down the dirt and grime on your silver. The H2O molecules are attracted to the dirt and grime, and they work to break it down and remove it from the surface of your silver. Combined, these two elements make for a pretty powerful cleaning solution.


Step 1: Fill a small bowl with warm water and add dish soap.


Step 2: Drench your silver necklaces in the solution for 15 minutes.


Step 3: Use a toothbrush with soft bristles to scrub the tarnish off. You'll want to make sure you stroke all of the metal, even in those hard-to-reach places where the tarnish might be hiding.


Step 4: Cleanse your silver necklacess with fresh water to remove any remaining tarnish. You may need to repeat this process if your jewelry is still dirty.


Step 5: Gently pat your silver necklaces dry with a soft, cotton towel.



BAKING SODA+SOAPY WATER


For cleaning silver necklaces, a common combo is water and baking soda. The two ingredients combine to produce a chemical reaction that aids in removing the tarnish from silver and bringing out its brightness.


Because baking soda acts as an abrasive to remove the tarnish and soapy water helps to loosen it, these two ingredients work so well together.


STEP 1. Drench your silver necklaces in a bowl of warm water and 1tbspn all-natural dish soap. If your jewelry is quite filthy, add baking soda to the combo.


STEP 2. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to remove any remaining tarnish residue.


STEP 3. If the necklaces have a whitish residue from the baking soda, gently rub them with a toothbrush that has been soaked in distilled water. Then, mop them dry with a soft cotton cloth.


STEP 4. Before storing your silver necklaces, make sure they're completely dry since moisture might cause them to tarnish.



OLIVE OIL+LEMON JUICE-THE DRENCHING METHOD


These two components, olive oil+lemon juice, work well together to create a safe, gentle cleaning solution that won't harm your silver necklaces in any way.


Olive oil is a natural degreaser, which will help remove any dirt or grime built up on your silver. In addition, lemon juice is naturally acidic, which helps to remove any tarnish that may have formed on the surface of your silver necklaces.


STEP 1. Fill a bowl with fresh water.


STEP 2. To remove the tarnish, mix one teaspoon of olive oil and the juice from half a lemon to a bowl of warm water. Whirl with a spoon until blended well.


STEP 3: Let your silver necklaces drench for around 30 minutes.


STEP 4. Remove your silver necklaces and stroke them with a soft-bristle toothbrush steeped in warm water; repeat this process if needed.


STEP 5. Submerge your silver necklaces in the bowl of warm water and add in another teaspoon of olive oil. Let the silver necklaces drench for 15 more minutes.


STEP 6. Remove your silver necklaces and let them to air-dry on a soft, cotton cloth.



OLIVE OIL+LEMON JUICE-THE TABBING METHOD


STEP 1: Add 1 tsp olive oil to a large glass bowl and whisk in a 1/2 cup of lemon juice.


STEP 2: Place a small cotton cloth into the solution to soak up your homemade cleaning solution.


STEP 3: Use the moist cloth to clean your silver necklaces after you wring them out.


STEP 4: Cleanse your silver necklaces with fresh water and allow them to air-dry on a soft, cotton cloth.



WHITE VINEGAR+BAKING SODA


Have you ever questioned why baking soda and white vinegar are such potent cleaning agents? It turns out that these two frequently found home substances have some quite effective silver-cleaning capabilities.


Since white vinegar is an acid, it can dissolve tarnish and other accumulations on silver. In contrast, baking soda is a base. These two ingredients work together to produce a strong chemical reaction to clean silver.


STEP 1: In a bowl, combine a mixture of 1/2 cup white vinegar and 2 tablespoons baking soda.


Step two: This combo fizzes, so be careful. For two to three hours, soak your silver necklaces in this solution.


STEP 3: Cleanse your silver necklaces in freshwater, and allow them to air-dry on a soft, cotton towel.



CLEANING MISTAKES TO AVOID:


Though they may be titled silver polish, cleaner, or dip, using harsh chemicals on your sterling jewelry can do more harm than good if you're not careful. Read on for a list of common cleaning mistakes like this.


1. Boiling Water


Some people believe that the ultrasonic cleaners used in jewelry stores are similar to boiling water, but this is not true. High-frequency sound waves and heat are used in ultrasonic cleaners to remove debris from hard-to-reach places. An ultrasonic cleaner's heating temperature is controlled and will never rise to its 212°F boiling point.


Boiling water can damage your jewelry, and the intense heat may harm your metal. When metal gets heated up, it expands, which might cause loose gemstones to fall out of their settings. When a gem is first placed into boiling water and then exposed to cold water, the stone experiences thermal shock, which could result in a fracture or split.


2. Citric Acid


Because citric acid in lemon juice might damage some jewels, you should not use it to clean opaque gemstones. Pearls, for example, dissolve when exposed to citrus liquids such as lemon juice.


3. Soaps + Detergents


You can use soaps and detergents to clean jewelry in some situations, but only sparingly because they might leave residue on the metal, making it appear dull.


4. Toothpaste


Gritty chemicals in toothpaste wipe away tarnish. However, these same rough, scouring particles can damage the silver and cause pits to grow on its surface. As a result, you should avoid using toothpaste on sterling silver, highly polished silver, or silver-plated items.


5. Commercial Cleaners


If you're going to use a commercial cleaner to clean your silver necklaces, do a tiny patch test first before applying it to all of your silver. You don't want to find out that some of the ingredients in your jewelry cleaner are harmful to your necklaces. When in doubt, choose natural, at-home cleaning methods like soap+water.


6. Alcohol


Avoid cleaning products containing alcohol. Some suggest using alcohol to soak or rinse jewelry to help remove grease. However, alcohol can put a film on your gemstones and metals, dulling or destroying them over time. In addition, you should not use alcohol to clean oil or water-based gemstones such as emeralds and opals. If you wash these stones with alcohol, the oils will sink into them, causing them to dry up and break.


Similarly, prolonged exposure to cleaning agents such as chlorine, bleach, antibacterial soaps, and hand sanitizers causes a metal's sheen to fade.


7. Harsh Paper


Never use tissues, paper towels, or coarse paper to dry silver jewelry. Minor surface scratches caused by rough paper may appear on your jewelry and may require professional polishing to remove.


8. Stroking Incorrectly


Many people feel that cleaning silver necklaces is necessary for removing tarnish. The problem is that you risk damaging your necklaces if you don't know how to polish them properly. To polish silver necklaces, use a soft, lint-free cloth and gently rub in a circular manner. Avoid stroking the jewelry back and forth, as this may corrode the metal.



HOW TO PREVENT SILVERNECKLACES FROM TARNISHING:


You can prevent silver tarnish in a few easy ways:


1) Keep your silver away from sulfur-containing substances like perfumes, lotions, and makeup.
2) Apply a protective coating (like rhodium) to the silver to shield it from sulfur.
3) Clean your silver regularly to prevent tarnish from building up over time.
4) Store your silver in a cool, dry place to avoid humidity and high temperatures.



CONCLUSION


There you have it! A guide on how to clean your silver necklaces in a snap. So next time you're getting ready for a big night out, don't forget to polish up your bling!