It can be very irritating to see the decorative objects that once appeared as being very shiny and attractive , have now turned all drab and dull . Metals such as silver, gold, brass, etc. are with time bound to lose their luster when exposed to moisture from the air, sulfur and oxygen; – all which react with the metal and cause it to tarnish. The encouraging part about tarnished metal is that this tarnish can be easily removed with the help of some items from our kitchen cabinets. These tarnish removers can be easily prepared at home. This makes getting the sheen back on your precious jewelry items an affordable fix.
Tarnish Remover Home Remedies for Brass
There are many sets of brass decorative items that are available for purchase in the market today. From Indian brass artifacts to handicrafts, vases, candlesticks, vases, etc. brass is amongst one of the most popular metal found in many houses. With time however, the natural honey gold color of the brass does change to a dull brown color because of a chemical reaction with air. Below are some remedies you can use in order to get rid the dull metal and regain the sheen.
Use one cup of white vinegar and make sure that you add two teaspoonfuls of salt to it. Mix and then add enough unsifted baking flour, until a smooth paste forms. Moisten your brass item using tepid water and proceed to dab the paste using a soft rag onto the brass item. After 15 minutes is up, rinse the brass item with water and make sure to dry is as well. You will notice that the dark tarnish will vanish from the surface of the brass item, and will go on to reveal the golden , amber color and well known shine of brass!
Ketchup and White Vinegar
Getting rid of tarnishing on a brass vase can be very daunting. It’s not that difficult however. Just use 2 tbs of tomato ketchup and one tbs of white vinegar and mix them together. Dip a soft rag into the paste and rub it on the tarnished vase. Make sure that you also rub the inside of the brass vase using the same mixture. After the paste has dried, make sure that you rinse the vase with water and dry it thoroughly. In no time, you should have your precious shiny brass vase back! To prevent future tarnishing, lightly rub some olive oil onto the surface of the vase using a soft rag.
Tarnish Remover Home Remedies for Gold Jewelry
18 carat or higher gold doesn’t tarnish, however, gold jewelry in the range of 9-14 carats can be expected to fade overtime. This is due to the fact that it has significantly less in terms of gold to alloy. However, you do not need to worry. The luster can be recaptured by using some basic and simple remedies.
To take off the tarnish from any of your gold jewelry, using a mild dishwashing liquid will do the trick. Place some of the liquid on the tarnished area and gently rub it over the surface with the use of your finger. If your gold jewelry has a lot of complex patterns and texture, use a soft toothbrush to take off the tarnish. Rinse using warm running water and dry thoroughly with a soft, non abrasive cloth.
If you have someplace special to go and you want your gold jewelry to look all lustrous, you can use some diluted ammonia ( dilute 6 parts water to one part ammonia ) in order to properly clean your gold jewelry. Dip the jewelry in the diluted ammonia solution for around 1 minute, afterward, take it out and rinse thoroughly in running tap water. Dry well. Do not make it a habit to clean your gold jewelry with ammonia, since it has abrasive effects on the gold overtime.
Home Remedy for Tarnished Silver Jewelry
The sulfur compounds found in the air chemically react with any silver metal and this is what causes it to become discolored overtime. The once shiny and sparkling silver metal will turn a dull yellow and finally with time, it may turn into a shades of brown. This can be quite depressing, especially if you happen to be attached to your silverware. Keep reading in order to find out how you can get rid of any unpleasant tarnish on your jewelry pieces.
Use some baking soda and add just a little water in order to form a paste. After you have a smooth paste mixed and formed, use a soft rag and dip it into the paste. Dab the paste onto the silver jewelry’s surface and gently rub the tarnished areas. Any discoloration you have on there will come off. Rinse with water and dry thoroughly.
Aluminum Foil and Baking Soda
Use a pan and place aluminum foil at its base. Using another pot boil around 1 gallon water. After it has boiled, add 1 cup of baking soda and mix thoroughly. Place the tarnished silver item on the aluminum foil and pour the hot baking soda water over it. The tarnish will start to disappear. This is a highly effective home remedy to use in cleaning silver.