Most of our beautiful heirloom-quality pieces such as vases, serving platters, cutlery, and candlesticks are made of silver. This lustrous metal adds shine, beauty and class to our homes but can easily be tarnished as time passes. This is why learning how to clean our silver and preserve it is important. This article is aimed at giving you short tips on ways of cleaning your silver using readily available ingredients from your pantry. Read on to find out more!
Exposure to light and air can make silver appear dull or tarnished, therefore the need for periodical upkeep cannot be overemphasized.
The good news is that cleaning silver doesn't have to be tedious or take hours. Routine care, preventative maintenance, a simple silver cleaning method, and a little polishing will help keep your silver pieces shining for years to come. A few pantry ingredients and household items, such as salt and baking soda, soap, cotton balls and aluminum foil can help you remove tarnish from your silver items.
Consider the following easy tips for the best way to clean, polish, and care for silver:
Apart from the natural and home remedy silver cleaning methods highlighted above, many commercial silver polish products are available online and in stores. However, make sure that you read the instructions before use and follow all instructions carefully.
On a final note, you may want to consult with an antique dealer, jeweler, or professional restoration company before attempting to clean your antique silver or pieces with a high value.