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Prepare solution 1 part clear ammonia and 2 parts of warm water. Soak your silver items in the liquid for 10 minutes. After the time is up take them out of the solution, wipe with soft cloth and buff with dry cotton cloth to polish the surface.
- Why did my silver chain turn black? When silver tarnishes, it's a surface discolouration caused by the interaction of oxygen (air) with the silver. As the British Assay Office explains it, “silver naturally interacts with oxygen and sulphur-bearing pollutants to create silver sulphide, resulting in a visible discoloration of the metal's surface.
- What can damage silver? Because silver is a soft metal and tarnish is a chemical reaction, getting rid of heavy tarnish takes muscle—but also a delicate hand! That's because every time you clean or polish silver, you remove some silver. On silver-plated items, cleaning or polishing too hard can damage or destroy the thin silver plating.
- How do you clean heavily tarnished silver? For silver that is heavily tarnished, mix a paste of three parts baking soda to one part water. Wet the silver and apply the cleaner with a soft, lint-free cloth (not paper towels). Work the paste into the crevices, turning the cloth as it gets gray. Rinse and buff dry.
- How do you clean big silver items? Line your sink with foil. Pour boiling water into the sink. Add one cup baking soda and one cup salt to the water. Place silver pieces in the solution. Allow pieces to soak for up to 30 minutes. Remove items when cool and dry them off with a soft cloth.
- How do you clean highly tarnished silver? For silver that is dull, filmy, or not yet discolored, mix a few drops of mild dish soap with warm water and dip in a soft cloth. Rub the item, then rinse in cool water and buff with a cloth until dry. For silver that is heavily tarnished, mix a paste of three parts baking soda to one part water.
- How do you make onyx shiny again? First Step. Buff out the scratches just as you would on your vehicle's paint job. Purchase a countertop polish, buff pad and paste wax. Second Step. Prepare the affected area by spraying water on it. Third Step. Rinse the buffed area with water, then wipe it down using a dry towel.