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.

Drying your Silver

When silver comes into contact with water it must be dried immediately to avoid watermarks. A soft Micro fibre cloth or soft towel is best and a hairdryer will speed up the process and dry the inside of containers quickly. Please take not to overheat the work, as the metal can get very hot.

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Farringdon
London
EC1M 5AD
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jessica@jessicajue.com

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