Sterling Silver Cleaner For White Gold Jewelry
Does sterling silver tarnish and dull in its original luster over time due to oxidation caused by organic materials? Put simply, tarnish is basically a thin layer of organic corrosion on metals caused by a chemical reaction between metal and non- metallic organic materials containing carbon dioxide, hydrogen sulfide, or nitrogen oxides. As metals are heated they expand and the expanded region of the metal usually consists of larger metallic ions such as iron and nickel. When these ions come in contact with certain cleaning solutions they become oxidized and their oxidation produces the first visible layer of tarnish, usually referred to as an oxidation spot. Most of the time this oxidation can be removed easily by gently rubbing the area but more stubborn oxidation spots may require the use of a special oxidizing polish to remove them. In the case of titanium the best way to remove oxidation is to expose it to a highly oxidizing environment, either by leaving it exposed to a shop environment for a long period of time, such as in a hot-water shower, or through the application of a special electrochemical oxidation protector that can be bought from most hardware stores.
Another factor in how your sterling silver cleaner tarnishes can be attributed to how you store it. Sterling silver cleaners must always be stored in an airtight container in order to avoid oxidation and to prevent the storage solution from coming into contact with any metal surface, be it skin, clothing, or hair. Never allow your cleaning solution to come into direct contact with your jewelry if you want to keep it clean forever. It is also important to rinse your cleaning solution off completely after applying it so you don't leave a residue. If you do not rinse the solution off, it can potentially form into hard spots that will cause more tarnishing.
If you clean sterling silver cleaner and find that it has developed into a hard spot, take care not to rub it. Instead, gently scrub the tarnished area with a soft brush until the tarnish comes off. You may need to repeat this process a few times before the tarnish comes off, as the spot must be completely cleansed. Once you have made the spot as clean as possible, spray the area with clear lemon juice and allow it to sit for a day. After the first day, you should see a significant reduction in the tarnish's appearance.
If, on the other hand, you have allowed the tarnish to build up and you want to get it out of the way as quickly as possible, then you will want to use the sterling silver polishing cloth. This type of sterling silver cleaner is often used to clean sterling silver when the tarnish has been caused by corrosion or direct contact with water. To use your polishing cloth, take a clean cloth and dip it into a small cup of warm water, which will dissolve any oils or greases in the cloth and wash it down to a liquid state. Then, place the cloth into a large bowl that contains about two inches of warm water, along with about one-eighth teaspoon of white vinegar, and mix the contents together until they become a paste consistency.
Next, you will need to add about half a cup of white vinegar to the mixture. Carefully mix the two ingredients together until they become a paste-like substance. Then, dip the cotton cloth into the white vinegar solution and gently blot at the tarnished area with the cloth. The white vinegar solution acts as an acid to help remove the tarnish from your metal.
For further protection, dry the tarnished area with a clean, new cloth and store the cloth in a sealed plastic bag. Store your silver cleaners in a cool, dry place away from sunlight. Most silver cleaners are designed to withstand at least three months of continuous use before they should be cleaned.
Before using your sterling silver cleaner, make sure that you thoroughly rinse the cloth you have used on the tarnished area to ensure that any acidic residue is completely removed. When you have finished rinsing off the cleaner, wipe the area with a fresh, dry cloth to remove all traces of the cleaner. If you do not do this, your tarnished piece of silver jewelry could take on a nasty peeling or even rusting over time. Follow these simple steps for three to four weeks to ensure that your precious piece of jewelry has no longer any trace of tarnishing to worry about. Remember, the longer that your piece of jewelry is exposed to moisture, the more likely that it will develop that unsightly patina.
The best part about using a sterling silver cleaner as opposed to a white gold jewelry cleaning product is that the sterling silver cleaner will leave behind a higher quality finish than the white gold jewelry cleaning products. Therefore, you will be able to enjoy your piece of fine gold Jewelry knowing that it will look beautiful for a long time to come. With the proper care and maintenance, you will be able to enjoy your jewelry for years to come. Make sure that you follow the tips listed above to ensure that your fine sterling silver Jewelry stays beautiful and shines in the light of day for years to come.