How to clean sterling silver jewelry
Knowing how to clean and care for your Sterling Silver Jewelry is not as simple as you may
think. These instructional tips give you the know how on cleaning your sterling silver properly with out damaging the finish and making your items last from
generation to generation.
Step #1: Deciding on the proper cleaning products to use is some what confusing and extremely important. Choosing products such as:
bleach, ammonia, alcohol, acetone, and other such products can damage your Sterling Silver beyond repair. Stay with a mild cleaner and be sure to dilute them
with water (just to be safe). Some good home products to use are: baking soda, non abrasive tooth paste, mild phosphate free detergents as well as commercial
Step #2: Choosing a cleaning brush. Be careful on the type of brushes you choose to deep clean Sterling Silver. Stay
away from hard bristle brushes with horsehair and abrasive style brushes. The best cleaning brushes to use may be a baby tooth brush, a mushroom brush, very
soft bristle toothbrush also consider using a sunshine cloth, which can be used wet or dry.
Note: When cleaning Sterling Silver always clean up and down motion NOT in circular motion.
Step #3: When drying your sterling silver jewelry choosing the proper cloth material should be taken very carefully. Use
100% cotton materials such as: old T-shirts, sweat shirts, cotton balls, soft flannel materials (all unbleached), and silver wipes. Using these types of home
and commercial materials can help prevent your Sterling Silver from being scratched or even completely damaged.