Many people have silver jewelry, including rings. After a while, especially after prolonged wear, they become dirty, fade, and black plaque forms on their surface. To restore an attractive look to silver items, they need to be cleaned. The process is simple, but to achieve a good result, you need to do it right.
Preparing for cleaning
Whichever cleaning agent is chosen, the best result can be obtained by first removing the top layer formed from grease, dust, cosmetics, etc. from the product.
It would help if you prepared the following:
- any dish cleaner;
- an old toothbrush;
- Clean, warm water.
Pour the water into a small ceramic container, such as a bowl or large cup. Add 1 tsp. to it. Dishwashing detergents. Stir with a spoon to dissolve well. Put the ring in water and leave for 20 minutes. Then remove it from the water and remove plaque with a toothbrush. Rinse in clean water.
How to clean a silver ring without a stone
The easiest way is to clean silver rings at home without semi-precious or precious stones since you will only need to act on the metal and not on stones of different origins.
The fastest way
Dry and clean chalk powder perfectly cleans silver from dirt and gives it shine. All you have to do is take a piece of soft cloth, sprinkle some chalk on it, and rub the ring. The decoration should be dry. You do not need to wet it. Repeat several times until the silver is thoroughly cleansed from plaque. At the end, you need to rinse the jewelry in warm water and wipe it dry.
Cleaning with toothpaste or powder
Ordinary toothpaste or powder can be used to cleanse silver not only from dirt but also from blackness. To do this, apply the paste to a soft-bristled toothbrush. If the powder is used, it must first be dissolved in water to a thick sour cream consistency. Apply the resulting paste to the ring and clean it from plaque with a brush. To finish, rinse with water and towel dry.
How to clean your ring quickly and efficiently
With the help of ammonia, you can easily remove everything unnecessary from the ring. And for this, you don’t even need to rub it with anything. All you need to do is put the ring in an alcohol and water solution and keep it in it for 20-30 minutes. To get a good result, it is important to properly prepare the solution, keeping the ratio of alcohol to water 1 to 2. The last step of cleaning is to rinse the ring in water and dry with a soft cloth.
How to clean blackened silver
For such products, potato starch is a good remedy. You only need 1 tuber for cleaning. It needs to be grated; the ring is immersed in the gruel for 0.5 hours. To complete the procedure, rinse the jewelry in water and wipe it with a cloth to become scorched.
Special cleaning products
It is very convenient to clean blackened silver rings with unique means, which contain reagents that effectively cleanse the metal from all kinds of contaminants:
Metal cleaner from the German manufacturer Dr. Beckmann. How to use it: first shake the bottle, then apply a little of the product to a soft damp cloth and wipe the ring. Wash it with water, wipe it with a napkin. The approximate cost of the funds is 300-400 rubles.
Means for cleaning silver “Talisman.” How to use:
- Put the ring in a non-food container, fill with liquid.
- Leave for 1-2 minutes.
- Rinse the jewelry in water and wipe dry.
- Price – about 150 rubles.
- For a bottle of 50 ml.
Professional cleanser “Aladdin.” How to use:
- dip the ring into the liquid in the jar.
- The holding time is 0.5-1 min.
- Take out the jewelry and be sure to rinse with water.
- The approximate cost is up to 100 rubles for 50 ml.
The last 2 products are quite aggressive. You cannot use them on products with stones of organic origin, blackened silver.
Methods for cleaning a ring with stones
Rings with stones also need to be cleaned, because they turn black and dirty in the same way as simple rings. If the stones are mineral, almost all alternative methods of removal are suitable. Jewelry with stones of organic origin – amber, pearls, coral – cannot be cleaned with ammonia, vinegar, lemon juice, soda.
You can clean the organic stone ring with toothpaste, chalk, hot water, and soapy water. You can take any liquid or solid soap, grate it and dissolve it in water. The holding time is 30 minutes. This method is not suitable for rings with ruby, pomegranate, and topaz; in hot water, their color may change.
If you do not know which stone is set in a silver product and do not want to risk it, you can use a harmless product. Clean the jewelry with chalk or toothpaste, and wipe the stone with a cloth dipped in glycerin. Then polish the ring with a soft dry cloth.
How to save the result
You can reduce the number of times you clean your silver rings with proper care. Do not forget to remove jewelry before taking a bath, wet cleaning, or applying cosmetics. Metal oxidizes faster from contact with moisture and chemicals. Wet rings must be removed and wiped dry. Store them in a dry, dark, and cold place, put them not to touch each other.