The silver chain gifted by your boyfriend on the special occasion has started discoloring; giving you the weird thought that the same might be happening in your relationship as well. Don’t worry, as this is surely your wild thought only and nothing more. However, your chain surely needs your attention or it might bring a little offense in the mind of your love, in relation to your carelessness. Tarnish or discoloring of metal is caused by long exposure to air, which in turn forms a thin layer of compounds like oxygen or sulfur dioxide, on it. This chemical reaction can attack copper, brass, silver, aluminum, and other semi-reactive metals, making them look dull, grey or black. Now, stop worrying and check out some of the best home remedies to remove tarnish from your valuables. Happy Cleaning!
Best Home Remedies For Tarnish Removal
Look in the kitchen for some baking soda and add water to it, in the proportion of 3:1 and make a paste of it. Apply the paste directly on the metal and rub it, using a brush, to clean the holes or niche corners. To remove signs of tarnish from your silverware, sprinkle baking soda on the damp cloth and rub it over the silverware, until it comes out shining.
You can also apply toothpaste on the metal you wish to clean. Coat the metal with toothpaste and run it under warm water. Now, rub it into foam and rinse it off. If the stain refuses to budge, use a soft-bristled toothbrush and rub it over the metal. Remember to dry it off, using a soft cloth.
Salt & Vinegar
You can clean your copper and brass piece by drowning it in white vinegar, to which a teaspoon of salt has been added. Spin the piece in the vinegar and keep it there for not more than half an hour, otherwise it can be damaged. Remove the piece from the mixture and rinse it in lukewarm water. Pat it dry with a soft cloth. For difficult tarnishes, prepare a paste of salt, flour and vinegar and rub the paste over the metal, until they vanish away. Rinse off the metal using warm water, mixed with soap and rub it with a soft cloth, until it is shiny.
Aluminum Foil, Salt & Baking Soda
Take a pan and place a sheet of aluminum foil on it. Now add 1-cup water, 1-teaspoon salt and 1-teaspoon baking soda to it and boil. Put tarnished silver pieces in it and bring the water to boil again, making sure the silver pieces are completely dipped in boiling water. Remove the pieces, rinse them and rub them with a soft cloth. Your metal will be new again.
- Make sure not to use harsh ways or force to clean your silver metal, as it is prone to scratches.
- Store your silverware in a tight-packed plastic bag, when you are not using it.
- Save your silverware from salty and acidic foods. If they spill on the silver accidentally, immediately rinse it off under water.
- You can also keep chalk pieces with your silver jewelry, as it will absorb airborne substances that cause tarnish.