Almost everyone has a silver chain. It is strong, shiny and goes with everything.
However, when oxygen or sulfur comes into contact with silver, a chemical reaction occurs on its surface. This causes a change in the color of the product — darkening, contamination and stains.
Do not worry — this problem is solved! In order to enjoy a flawless shine for a long time, you need to know how to properly store and clean a silver chain, and follow these recommendations.
How to clean a silver chain: 7 proven methods
Warm water, mild soap, ammonia- and phosphate-free detergent are used BEFORE cleaning the silver chain from blackness in the following ways:
- make a mushy paste of baking soda and water. To apply it on top of the silver and polish the product, use a clean cloth to get into the crevices and depressions, take a toothbrush;
- mix 1/2 cup lemon juice with 1 teaspoon olive oil in a bowl large enough to hold the cleaning solution and a small microfiber cloth. Dip the cloth in the solution and wring it out so that it does not drip, then polish the silver, rinse and dry it;
- white vinegar (NOT apple!) and baking soda make a gentle detergent. It removes even a heavy coating that prevents polishing of silver. Prepare a solution by mixing 2 tablespoons of baking soda and half a glass of vinegar. Soak the chain in it for 2-3 hours, then rinse and dry;
- a simple chemical reaction of baking soda, aluminum foil, salt and boiled water is an effective and inexpensive way to better clean a silver chain. Place the foil matte side down in a saucepan or kitchen sink. Place a silver chain on it. Then pour boiling water over the pieces to cover and add 2 tablespoons of baking soda and salt. It is important that the soda and salt are completely dissolved. After 5-10 minutes, using tongs or nitrile gloves (sulphur-free rubber gloves), remove the product;
- toothpaste — this common product for the care of teeth and oral cavity perfectly cleans and restores the shine of many metals. Smear the chain with toothpaste and leave it for a while. Then — rinse the chain under running water and let it dry. It is important that the toothpaste does not contain colored and whitening components, as it can permanently discolor silver;
- a solution of baking soda and water is only suitable for chains without pendants. Pendants can be wiped with a cloth soaked in it;
- ash is the oldest method of cleaning silver accessories. To clean the chain, you need to pour ash on a soft cloth and wrap the product in it for the night.
After cleaning the silver chain at home in any way, thoroughly rinse it with running water or wipe it with a clean, damp cloth. Then dry the jewelry and polish to prevent staining.
Importantly! Towels, handkerchiefs, woolen cloths cannot be used for polishing. They contain coarse fibers that can scratch jewelry.
For cleaning and polishing silver at home and a chain from blackness, you should buy special flannel or microfiber napkins. When polishing, move the cloth back and forth. Avoid circular motions — they magnify small scratches.
If this is not enough to remove dullness and blackness, it is worth using such a method as cleaning a silver chain with ammonia.
However, it should be remembered that jewelry with stones deteriorates from this.
If your product consists of small shaped elements and stones, do not try to whiten the silver chain yourself without knowing how to do it correctly. After all, chemical compounds can seriously damage it.
To be sure of the integrity and safety of the product after cleaning, it is better to give it to a professional jeweler.
How to clean a silver chain at home?
The best cleaning is prevention! It is impossible to allow the product to come into contact with household chemicals, chlorine, items containing sulfur, wool, latex, mayonnaise.
Make it a habit to remove all jewelry while doing housework.
You should not wear a silver chain while being under the sun’s rays.
When sunbathing or swimming in the sea, it is better to put silver jewelry in a bag.
Jewelry should be put on last before leaving the house. Perfumes and cosmetics accelerate the tarnishing of silver.
Silver should be stored in such a way that it comes into contact with oxygen as little as possible. Individual bags are best for this purpose.
Useful life hack! To reduce humidity and minimize tarnishing, place a piece of chalk in a box or jewelry box. Then all cleaning will consist of washing with a weak soapy solution.
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