Caring for your Silver
Like any other material silver needs some care and attention to keep it looking as good as new. Silver will tarnish naturally over time with the oxygen in the air and will reacts to the natural acid in your hands. Silver tarnishes faster in areas with high humidity and air pollution. The good news is that Silver is a durable material that will last a lifetime if cared for with the right surface treatments.
Highly Polished Silver
Polished work can be cleaned with a silver cloth or silver polish and a soft cloth. Care should be taken to ensure the cloth is free of any particles that could scratch the surface of the work. Do not silver dip work if it has oxidised elements, as this will be removed. Please note that mirror polished pieces need to be cleaned with the greatest care ensuring the cloth is clean and particle free.
Satin and Matt Surfaces
You should avoid using polishing cloths and creams, as this will increase the shine on the surface. The best method for cleaning is silver dip, you need to take care if the piece has oxidised elements.
Using Silver Dip
You can apply the silver dip with a sponge, or if it’s a small item then you can immerse it in the solution. You should make sure that you rinse the item well under running water and dry the item to keep it tarnish free. Do not pour used silver dip back into the container as this contaminates the dip and stops it from working. Make sure that you work in or over a plastic bowl to avoid scratching the work piece you are cleaning, or dropping it into the sink! Do not dip silverware that has an oxidised finish, as this will remove the black colour over time.