I have found cleaning silver plated tiaras and jewellery challanging until I found this recipe
(Disclaimer: please note that although I have tried this solution, Polly Griffin Designs cannot be held responsible for any circumstances arising from its use whats so ever & we suggest that you test an inconspicious piece and proceed with caution)
To clean tarnish from silver plate
you will need
- A large glass, square shaped, flat bottomed dish such as a casserole dish
- baking soda
- aluminium foil
- table salt
- household rubber gloves
- line the dish with a sheet of foil to completely cover the dish (you may need to use two sheets)
- fill the lined dish with steaming hot water – you will need enough to cover the items
- add 2 table spoons of salt and 2 tablespoons of baking soda – lightly stir
- put on gloves
- place in silver items so that they are touching each other & resting on the foil (large items will have to be immersed separately and moved every minute within the solution but each part still need to touch the foil).
- heavily tarnished items may take five mins but check every minute.
- rinse well: first in lukewarm then cold water. Rub crystals gently under a flow of water to make sure the solution does not impair their sparkle.
- gently shake, wipe and leave to dry in a warm place – not airing cupboard!! but a warm room or window sill. Polish with cloth when nearly dry.
- put activated charcoal or a piece of chalk into the storage box to help prevent tarnishing. Will not stop it completely but it will slow the process down
Have fun Polly 🙂