Removing Tarnish from Sterling Silver, Gold, and Tungsten Metals

Most metals found in your favorite jewelry can easily be polished up with the right product. However, each metal has a couple of unique characteristics that should be taken into consideration when the time comes to clean and remove tarnish. Some of the most popular metals on the market today are Sterling Silver, Gold, and Tungsten. Here are some tips for polishing these metals.

Sterling Silver

When you polish silver, remember that it is a metal that often involves constantly removing tarnish. Part of the reason for tarnish is because it contains copper which reacts to moisture and sulfur in the air. Chemicals such as perfume, lotions, and high humidity can cause tarnish to appear more quickly on silver. Try to store in an airtight bag and avoid the chemicals that cause tarnish to happen quickly. Polishing silver often will help to fix the problem of tarnish as well.

Gold

You may be fortunate enough to have only 24K gold (pure) pieces, but if you are like most of us, your gold jewelry that is lower in carats is susceptible to tarnish. There are a number of things that can cause gold to tarnish such as deodorant, perspiration, and any compounds that contain acid or sulphur. When gold is stored, it can also be susceptible to tarnish so it is best to keep it in a place where minimal to no oxygen is. When you are perspiring or around chemicals that can tarnish gold, it is smart to remove it from your body.

Tungsten

Tungsten rings and jewelry are sturdy but over time can tarnish. The tarnish comes from contact with chemicals used on a daily basis such as lotions, water with chlorine, and cleaning products. When Tungsten gets tarnished, it will lose the shiny look on the surface and become dull.  Polish Tungsten regularly and make sure to avoid chemicals that will cause tarnish to reappear.

Polish Silver Safely with these Tips

Good-Looking and lustrous, sterling silver is a very versatile metal.  The classic feel on silver items such as flatware, dishes, and jewelry can be attributed to its soft and finish.  While beautiful, this metal more inclined to stains, tarnish and scratches of various levels.  Here are a few things to keep in mind which will hopefully keep your silver in nice condition.

 

1)   Be sure to clean your silver each time you use it.  By gently washing and wiping down silver and using our Ecology Polishing Pads, you can either prevent or remove tarnish on your silver flatware or jewelry.  Keep in mind, rubber gloves may corrode silver so do not use them when cleaning.

2)   As soon as tarnish can be seen, polish silver.  Silver has a tendency to develop silver over time. Using a silver cleaner will help to rid of tarnish and remove oxidation.  With special pieces that are delicate or include intricate etchings, or special silver collector coins, make sure you check with a jewelry professional to ensure polishing silver is safe.

3)   A quick bath can brighten silver. “Silver Dips” are referred to by professionals as simple and quick acting silver cleaners.   When using these dips, make sure to only soak your silver briefly as these can contain harsh chemicals. Do not use these dips on silver with an oxidized or a gray finish as this can be damaging.  Ecology Pads are the best bet for polishing silver safely.

4)   Silver will be better preserved if stored correctly.  When you are not using your flatware or wearing silver jewelry, make sure you store these items in a protective soft bag to prevent oxidation. Polish silver regularly to keep it looking shiny and new!