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HOW TO CLEAN SILVER JEWELRY

If you love silver, particularly vintage or antique jewelry pieces you may want information and tips on how to clean silver jewelry. I have compiled a list below of useful and inexpensive silver cleaning tips.

1) When it comes to vintage or antique earrings for example, cleaning and sterilizing is important. So, a very simple and inexpensive way to give the pieces a good clean is to place some aluminium foil in the bottom of a stainless steel pan. Then half fill the pan with water, add some baking soda, say a quarter of a small cup, the same amount of salt and a small squeeze of washing up liquid, mix it all up. Add your sterling silver earrings and other jewelry pieces that you want to clean and bring the water to the boil. After say 3 minutes, lower the heat and simmer for a further 2 or 3 minutes. After this, pour away the water, which will probably now look quite dirty and then run the pan under a cold tap. Scoop out the jewelry pieces and towel dry. They will now be very clean, sterlized and ready to wear.

2) To bring a silver piece up shiny and bright, I use a proprietary silver polish and a small artists brush or toothbrush and then coat the polish over the pieces and into any crevices. Wait for a few minutes or until the silver polish is dry and powdery looking and then polish up to a gleaming brightness with a soft cloth and rinse under warm water to ensure all the polish residue is removed and then pat dry.

3) Why not try another simple method that will bring a shine to your silver jewelry. Soak your jewelry pieces in a half cup of white vinegar together with two large tablespoons of common baking soda. Soak for a few hours and then rinse in warm or cold water, pat dry and polish up to a shine with a soft cloth.

4) My final tip on how to clean silver jewelry is also simple and effective. All you have to do is to let your jewelry pieces soak in potato water, once the water has cooled down after cooking your potatoes. Using a toothbrush, scrub gently around the piece and the starchy water will help to clean it. Rinse the piece in clean water, pat dry and then polish up with a soft cloth.