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.
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.
BAKING SODA+SOAPY WATER
OLIVE OIL+LEMON JUICE-THE DRENCHING METHOD
OLIVE OIL+LEMON JUICE-THE TABBING METHOD
WHITE VINEGAR+BAKING SODA
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.
5. Commercial Cleaners
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:
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!