Seven Easy Tips You Must Take To Take Care Of Your Sterling Silver Utensils
If you have silver utensils, then you are one of the luckiest persons in this world because we very few have that. It is gorgeous and very expensive too. Nowadays the price of the silver has gone very high and unlike jewelry to make silver utensils you need a good amount of silver.
You can make both light and heavy silver jewelry but a light silver utensil is impossible. To make it usable you have to use good amount of silver. Naturally silver utensils are costly. Silver utensils are such thing that we do not use it easily because of its price. We use our silver utensils occasionally and that too in special occasion.
If you do not take care of your silver utensils properly, it will loose its shine and color. Silver has a natural tendency to get tarnished easily. So you should clean and store your silver utensils properly. Take the necessary care of your expensive asset to keep it as it is. This article may help you to take the proper care of your silver utensils.
After finishing the meal stack them near your sink. Take a soft tissue paper and with the help of it remove all the left over foods from the utensil. If you have eaten very oily and spicy food, rub your dish with tissue paper to remove oil and spice. After that soak them in warm water for sometimes. Selection of detergent is very important to wash your silver utensils. Never use harsh soap to remove oil instantly.
Take mild liquid detergent and dilute it with plain water. Then take a sponge. Dip that in to the soapy water. Then rub your silver utensils with the soapy sponge. Be sure that you have rubbed away all the marks of the food and the spices. After that, wash them with clean water.
In the time of washing, take either a sponge or a soft cloth to rub out the last drop of soap from the utensils. Always use soft thing to rub your utensils. If you use any harsh thing to remove food items or for washing purpose, your utensils may get scratched because silver is a very soft metal.
After washing, making silver utensils dry is a very important process. Take a soft cloth to wipe out the water. After that, keep them in the open air to make them completely dry. Before storing them again be sure that they are totally dry, otherwise remaining water may create water marks.
Silver has a natural tendency to get tarnished. If your silver jewelry gets tarnished in spite of taking all the efforts, you may send them to jeweler’s shop to get back its shine. You can do that at home also. If your silver utensils get tarnished, buy some jeweler’s cloth or silver mat from jewelry shop. You may also get them in the stationary. Rub your utensils with them.
The shine and original color of the silver jewelry comes back easily. There are various silver cleaning solutions available in the market. Most of them bring instant glow in silver but are harmful in the long run. But there are of course few brands of silver cleaning solution which are effective.
They are expensive too. Go for that. Never compromise with the price of the silver cleaning solutions. Mind it, they are for your expensive asset – silver utensils. Better ask your friends and other relatives what solutions they are using and what the result is. Consulting with others is necessary before buying one for your use.
Tooth paste is an excellent product that helps to clean tarnish. Use that paste only that does not have fluoride. Take the smooth toothpaste on your finger and apply that on your utensils. Rub where there is tarnish. Keep them for half an hour.
Then with the help of a soft brush rub them gently. Give special attention on the portion, you have tarnish. Then wash it with plain water. While washing, use a soft cloth or sponge to remove all parts of tooth paste. If your silver utensils have intricate designs then use soft brush to remove toothpaste from the narrow space of the design. There is another method to. Mix 2 tablespoon of baking soda in a cup of warm water.
Soak a sponge or soft cloth in this solution and rub your silver utensils with it. You can soak your silver utensils in this solution for half an hour if the tarnish is very deep. Then wash them with plain water. See, the real silvery color of the utensils has come back.
Milk is an effective solution to remove any type of stain from both organic and inorganic thing. To remove stain from silver utensils, you may use chilled milk. Soak silver utensils in chilled milk for overnight. Next morning, rub them with soft brush and wash with clean water. See the natural shine and glaze of the silver has come back.
Use Zip Bag
Silver when come in contact of air, get tarnished easily. Actually the oxygen of the air creates a reaction as soon as it comes in contact of silver. So they should be kept far away from the air. But how can it be possible.
There is no space in this world which is air free. So you gave to make them artificially. Take some zip lock vacuum bags and use them to store the silver jewelry. You can stop your silver utensils from getting tarnished after keeping them in the zip bag.
Extra Care for Silver
Silver is a soft metal. For this reason take some extra care of your silver utensils. Take care so that they do not fall down from your hand or from up. They may break easily. Because of its softness, preserve your silver utensils separately in separate zip lock bag. Do not use your silver utensils to serve anything acidic.
Silver utensils are really an expensive thing. So preserve them in safe custody. Do not keep them here and there. Keep them under lock and key when you are not using them.
Tips that have been told in this article are not at all complicated. They are easy to maintain and do not need much money for maintenance. Tips are easy to practice. Take timely care of your silver utensils so that it serves you generations after generations.
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