Maintaining pieces of jewelry often requires some sort of effort. Usually, you may have to hire the service of a professional to clean silver chain for you.
Is it true that you can’t clean your jewelry yourself? Of course, you can. There are a lot of Do-it-yourself methods of maintaining your jewelry. But then, let’s narrow our focus and talk about how to clean silver chain. We can always talk about other categories later.
So, you recently brought out your silver chain necklace in anticipation of the office party. But what you found was disappointing. Its image is already tarnishing. Wait, is there a remedy? We are happy to teach you how to clean silver chain and have it glistering again. Read this article to the end.
How to clean a Silver Chain in 3 ways
The problem with the professionals you give your jewelry to for cleaning is that they will never tell you it’s something you could do at home if applicable. It’s business anyway and they’ve got bills to pay. And really, these methods are quite simple. Let’s get along!
Method 1 – Soap and Water
With a small quantity of soap and water, you can clean your silver chain and remove any dent on it. If it’s not mildly tarnished, it might not even need soap and water. To remove a slight tarnish, you should:
- Select a cloth that doesn’t scratch. Don’t use a towel or tissue to avoid scratches.
To be able to clean small areas and corners, we advise that you use cotton buds.
Don’t try to reach any corner forcefully with any sharp material.
You can use a soft-bristled brush for small areas and corners.
On the other hand, if it’s mildly tarnished, we recommend soap and water.
- Get a bowl of warm water and add a few drops of soap.
- Stir very well and make sure it dilutes.
- Wet the cloth and start polishing your chain gently.
- Clean it back and forth instead of circular.
- As you progress, move to the unused part of the cloth. You don’t want to be rubbing the tarnish you have removed on other parts of the chain again.
- Avoid oxidized parts.
For the sake of drawing attention to details, the designer of your silver chain might have intentionally oxidized some areas. Polishing those areas may alter the glamor of your jewelry. So, you should leave those parts out.
Don’t forget what’s said about using a cloth that doesn’t scratch.
Method 2- Make a Cleaning Pastes
In case your silver chain is badly tarnished, you may have to get the jewelry polished. Yes, you can do this yourself too. Just pay attention to the instructions. But if you don’t want to try it out, there are other options. They are:
- You can make a cleaning paste of baking soda and water.
- Mix ½ cup of lemon juice with 1 tablespoon of olive oil.
- Use only toothpaste with hydrated silica. Moreover, whatever you use for your teeth is good for cleaning silver chains.
But we usually don’t recommend this method for silver chains with gemstones except you can do your best to avoid touching the stone.
How do you apply it?
- Apply the paste on the silver chain.
- Use your hand to rub it back and forth, gently. You can use a soft-bristled brush instead.
- Run the silver chain underwater to see how good it now looks. You can always repeat the process if you are not satisfied.
Method 3- Aluminum Bath
The trick to this is to use a bowl with aluminum foil decorating the inside. Once you find one, do the following:
- Add 1 tablespoon of salt.
- Add 1 tablespoon of water softener powder or baking soda.
- You can also include ½ cup of white vinegar. This is a reaction agent, so don’t be shocked when your baking soda overflows.
- Add 1 hot water. Not hot per se, but it should be close to it.
- Stir till the whole ingredients dilute.
- Soak your silver chain in the solution for some minutes.
- Use a fork to take out your silver chain and clean with a soft fiber cloth.
- When you are done, dry and place it back in a clean safe.
Be careful not to use this method on any silver chain with precious or semi-precious stones to avoid damage. Don’t do this for fragile silver chains as well.
The three methods above on how to clean silver chain have never failed to produce results. Take your time to digest and know if it works for you. There are pros and cons to each. So, if you know it’s not going to work for you, go and seek the service of a professional cleaner instead.
Have you used any DIY silver chain cleaning before? Feel free to share it with us.