Cleaning silver is one of the most boring things in household chores, but at the same time, it allows you to have excellent and astonishing results. After seeing some fundamental tips for cleaning different silver objects, here is another brief specific handbook on bicarbonate, a precious ally in cleaning.
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Baking soda is an extremely effective product for cleaning silver; thanks to its action, it knows how to be both abrasive and gentle. Periodically cleaning silver with bicarbonate allows you to keep objects made with this metal shiny. If you want to clean and polish the silverware you have at home, here’s how you can do it using baking soda.
First, you can create a paste based on bicarbonate and water to be applied with cotton cloth or linen on the surfaces of the objects you intend to clean. You will need to scrub until the oxidation stain has completely disappeared. Once cleaning is complete, all that remains is to rinse and then dry (with a dry cloth) the various silver objects.
The bicarbonate, combined with aluminum and coarse salt, allows you to clean the silver using electrochemistry; among the various solutions, this is undoubtedly the least tiring and most comfortable one. What you need is a pyrex or glass container, which must be completely lined with aluminum foil. After that, fill with boiling water, a few tablespoons of baking soda, and a tablespoon of coarse salt for each liter of water.
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At this point, you will have to immerse the silver objects – protecting your hands from boiling water with rubber gloves – and leave them to soak for about an hour, rinsing and drying them once the sixty minutes have elapsed. When the objects are immersed, pay attention to the fact that the silver parts contact the aluminum. The chemical process created inside the container will remove the oxide from the silver objects’ surface evenly and in a matter of minutes, returning it to its original brightness and brilliance.
Adapted and translated by The Cop Cart Staff
Sources: Today Lifestyle