cleaning silverTeam Names4ever Cleaning silver Do you have something of silver that looks somewhat dirty and could use a little cleaning? Whether this is a silver necklace or bracelet, silver cutlery or another silver-plated object, silver is the most beautiful when it shines beautifully, is clean and thoroughly polished. But what is a good way to polish silver? And what should you not do? In this blog you can read how you can clean silver easily and safely and also how you can prevent it from getting dirty. The reason why silver discolors Jewelry and other products made from 925 Sterling silver will always discolor over time. It is precisely the discoloration that is a characteristic of real silver. But how does this work exactly? Sulfur – which occurs in the air – causes silver to turn black. When silver and sulfur come into contact with each other, a chemical reaction is created, causing a black layer to form on the silver. This is comparable to rust on iron. For example, perfume, deodorant, perspiration and wool contain a lot of sulfur. When silver comes into contact with one of these agents, discoloration occurs. Moreover, this discoloration occurs faster during the summer season. We understand that it is annoying if your silver jewelry turns black, but we know that this discoloration does not affect the silver and is only a layer of what can be polished off again. Silver jewelry at a jewelry store Do you wonder why silver jewelry that comes from a jeweler does not necessarily turn black? This is because these silver jewelry features a rhodium coating. This prevents the silver from coming into contact with other means and therefore does not discolor or much less. Our jewelry does not have a rhodium coating, because we tailor each order and every customer is treated individually. The jewelry is therefore not mass-produced. Silver pollution prevention It is always good to try to prevent contamination of a silver piece of jewelry. The saying is not for nothing: "prevention is better than cure". Below we have described a number of ways to prevent your silver jewelry from getting dirty quickly. Take off your silver jewelry during sports or other activities where you perspire. Make sure your silver jewelry or cutlery does not come into contact with substances that contain a lot of sulfur. Also take your silver jewelry off while swimming or in the household. Do not put your jewelry back on until you have finished applying perfume, deodorant and makeup. Tips for silver cleaning 4 ways to polish silver Silver cleaning with a silver polishing cloth A good way to clean silver jewelry and objects is with a silver polishing cloth. Although this technique is not always that easy (you sometimes have to brush long and hard), you do get a good result. Please note that the cloth is not allowed in the washing machine. This loses its effect. You can also purchase such a silver polishing cloth from us; you can get started right away! Clean silver with cola or vinegar This is a home-garden-and-kitchen remedy that has been used for many decades. Put your silver jewelry or silver cutlery in a bowl with some coke or vinegar and let it soak in overnight. The next day you will see the result. Cleaning jewelry with table salt and aluminum Another remedy is a cup with both a piece of aluminum foil and some table salt. Take an empty cup and put a folded piece of aluminum foil in it. Then sprinkle it with some table salt. Then place the silver jewelry on the foil and pour in hot water. It is important that all the silver is under water. Wait about a minute and then turn the items over. Then wait a while and remove the objects from the water and rinse them with cold water. Silver cleaning with toothpaste Another thing that can help is to brush the silver jewellery with toothpaste. Put some toothpaste on a toothbrush and use it to clean the silver object to be cleaned. Are you unable to clean a silver piece of jewelry that you have purchased from us? Then you can always send the jewelry to us and we will clean it for you.