How to clean silver jewelry?
If you store your silver jewelry, humidity and long storage will cause silver pieces to tarnish due to oxidation. If you want to remove this dark black hue easily, be sure to clean the piece as soon you notice the oxidization. However, an oxidized piece of silver can always be cleaned to a sparkling shine at any time, but with a little more effort. If the silver piece is difficult to clean due to embedded stones, or if it is a cherished antique piece, it is recommended to have it professionally cleaned by a jeweler.
Fortunately, there are a several methods to clean silver jewelry and restore its luster and shine.
A quick and effective method of restoring the shine to silver is the use of a liquid silver jewelry cleaner. Many silver cleaners come with a tray to place your jewelry in. Gently swirl it around for about 10 seconds and remove. Rinse it with water and dry with a soft cloth or paper towel. You will be amazed every time your silver jewelry is restored in seconds to its original shine. Be forewarned, however, that the silver jewelry cleaner smells like rotten eggs.
Another method of removing the tarnish on your silver jewelry is by buffing it with a silver polishing cloth. You can purchase a polishing cloth online or from a jeweler. A polishing cloth is a great option for silver that is embedded with pearls or other delicate stones that cannot be submerged in a liquid silver jewelry cleaner.
Another method of polishing your silver jewelry at home is with toothpaste. Squeeze a small amount of toothpaste on a soft toothbrush, a cloth, or a paper town, and rub the tarnished areas gently. Allow the paste a few minutes to work on the tarnish before washing it off. Rinse thoroughly and wipe with a soft cloth to dry.
Windex is also another product you can use to clean your tarnished silver. Just spray it on and wipe it off with a soft material. If the piece has some dirt lodged in the small crevices of the piece, you could brush the edges with a soft-bristled brush. Then, rinse with lukewarm water and wipe dry with a clean cloth. You may polish the piece with the polishing cloth to restore its luster.