Monday, May 12, 2014

How To Clean Silver Collectables

How To Clean Silver Collectables 

Have you ever looked at your silverware, silver plated collectables, or your silver mineral specimens and wondered how you could clean them all at once without having to spend all day at it.

Here is a simple, household remedy that works.  Keep in mind, if you are cleaning mineral specimens you may want to consult with a professional before you do.  Often that oxidation makes the specimen more valuable.  Don’t worry if you have already cleaned the specimen, we can tell you how to put the oxidation back on.

  • Place a sheet of aluminum foil in a glass casserole dish. (or a bigger bowl if you are doing a big piece).
  • Pour in boiling water.
  • Add 2 tablespoons of regular table salt- not "real” salt.  It has to be regular sodium chloride-the cheap stuff.
  • Add 2 tablespoons of baking soda.
  • Put the silverware in the solution.  Make sure they are all touching each other and the aluminum foil.

It should only take a few minutes.  When it looks clean take it out and rinse it with distilled water and dry with a soft cloth.  Any residual tarnish should just wipe off with the dry soft cloth.

For pieces that are really tarnished, you may have to repeat the process a couple of times.

Rick Dalrymple,
Rockpick Legend Co.
The Rock Shop on Main 
1017 South Main Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84111

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