Protecting your silver-plated jewelry from tarnishing can be difficult, as the surface reacts with so many everyday materials. For example, continuous contact with water (chlorine), perfume, hair spray, and so much more, can accelerate the process and cause your silver to turn black.
To slow down the effects of tarnishing, follow these simple top tips:
- Clean your jewelry after wearing it. The oils from your skin will collect on the surface of the silver and cause oxidation.
- Use warm water to gently wash your jewelry on a regular basis, drying it off with a soft cloth.
- Regularly polish your silver, using a polishing cloth at the first sign of tarnishing.
- Do not wear your jewelry when coming into contact with substances that can cause tarnishing, such as while washing up, applying lotions/creams, cooking, in the pool, or shower/bath.
- Put on your jewelry after applying make-up and spraying your perfume.
- Maintain the jewelry's beautiful luster by avoiding contact with lotion, perfume, make-up or any harsh cleaning products.
- Remove your jewelry before showering, swimming, exercising, or washing your hands.
- To clean or polish, use a soft, dry tissue to gently remove any debris.
If your silver has already tarnished, you can clean it – but it requires a gentle yet thorough process.