Certainly in every home there is a couple of silver cutlery. Usually these items are handed down from generation to generation, and are dear to each family as an heirloom.
Over the years on the silver product appears dark gray or black coating that is called patina. By the thickness of the gray plaque, jewelers determine the age of the silverware. The blacker the product, the higher its value.
But what if the product is used on the common family holidays. In this case, cutlery with a touch of patina will not look quite aesthetically pleasing. It is necessary to polish them to a shine for their conform with the white tablecloths and the crystal glasses.
You should careful to clean silverware to avoid the damaging of the structure of the drawing or engraving. The most effective way to get rid of the patina is ordinary soda. Plug the drain plug in the sink, cover the bottom with the foil, lay out all your silver, pour boiling water. Pour soda. When the water has cooled slightly, you can rinse in this water all silver cutlery, remove and put on a dry towel. Then rub the product with a cloth or flannel to a mirror shine.
Another simple way to clean silverware using ammonia. But this method is more suitable for small silverware. It is necessary to lower the spoon or saucer silver into a container with ammonia and to leave for 15-20 minutes. Then rub the product with ordinary toothpaste and brush and rinse with warm water. Silver cutlery will look like new.
It is also possible to bleach the silver with citric acid. In a glass jar of 0.75 liter pour 100 grams of citric acid, then put the spoons or forks, and pour all with the warm water. Put a glass jar into a metal pan, filled with water, and put on fire. It turns out a kind of water bath. The water in the saucepan must boil for 30 minutes. After the water has cooled, remove the silver and rinse in a solution of soda – 1 tablespoon per 1 liter of water.