Best Silver Cleaners: What are they?
Silver cleaners are used to remove tarnish from silver items such as rings, necklaces, earrings, watches and other pieces of jewelry. They are generally made with a mixture of various chemicals including alcohols and abrasives. These cleaning agents may include oxalic acid (a toxic substance), sulfuric acid or some combination thereof. Most silver cleaners have a strong smell when mixed together which makes them unpleasant to use. Some silver cleaners are not harmful to humans but others can cause skin irritation, eye damage and even death if swallowed.
The most common type of silver cleaner is known as weiman royal sterling silver polish. It is produced by the famous Swiss company weiman. There are many brands of weiman royal sterling silver polish available but they all contain the same ingredients. Weiman Royal Sterling Silver Polish contains a mixture of oxalic acid, sulfuric acid and other chemicals to clean tarnished metal.
It is usually sold in a white bottle with a black cap.
Weiman Royal Sterling Silver Polish is one of the most popular silver cleaners because it works well and it does not leave any residue behind. However, we recommend using a silver polish that contains no chemicals at all, such as the weiman royal sterling silver polish without additives. This will ensure that your piece remains shiny and free of tarnish forever!
How do I Use Silver Cleaner?
Silver cleaners are easy to use, but you must be careful not to get any of the liquid on your skin. If it does come into contact with your skin, you should immediately wash it with running water. If silver cleaner is swallowed you should visit a doctor immediately. If the silver cleaner comes into contact with your eyes you should rinse them with water for 15 minutes and seek medical advice. If the silver cleaner comes into contact with your clothing you should wash the clothing immediately.
Although we do not recommend it, you can use a toothbrush or cloth to apply silver cleaner directly to the silver piece you wish to clean. For best results, wrap the toothbrush (or your fingers) in a piece of material such as an old cotton t-shirt. This will prevent the liquid from coming into contact with your skin. Then, rub the toothbrush (or your fingers) over the silver piece.
You can also use an old cotton t-shirt to apply the silver cleaner directly onto the silver piece. Again, make sure that the cotton material is wrapped around your fingers or the toothbrush so that the liquid does not come into contact with your skin. Rub the silver piece gently in circles until it is clean. Afterwards, wash your piece of jewelry in lukewarm water and pat dry with a clean rag.
Some people prefer to use a ultrasonic jewelry cleaner to clean their jewelry. If you decide to buy one of these electronic devices, only use it for cleaning jewelry and remove all of the pieces from your ears before you switch it on. These cleaners work by sending tiny bubbles into a container filled with water. The vibrating device placed into the container causes these bubbles to burst, creating a cleaning “froth”.
After 10-15 minutes the device turns itself off and the container fills with soapy water. The jewelry should be placed into this soapy water and left for around 10 minutes. Once the10 minutes are over, you should remove all of your pieces of jewelry from the cleaner and rinse them under lukewarm water. Pat dry with a clean cloth.
Do not wear your jewelry while using a cleaner of any type or while swimming. This will stop the pieces from becoming damaged by the chemicals used.
Many people are confused as to which silver cleaner to buy because of all of the different varieties on the market. Some cleaners contain harsh chemicals that can damage your jewelry and others simply don’t work very well. Weiman make a superior range of silver cleaners that are friendly to the skin and safe for you to use. They do not contain any chemicals that can damage the jewelry.
Instead, they use natural ingredients such as safe flower extracts to clean your pieces. However, these ingredients are just as effective as harsh chemicals at removing tarnish from silver pieces.
Several different kinds of cleaner are available from Weiman:
Soft Cloth Cleaner is a gentle polish that can be used to remove tarnish from delicate pieces. This is particularly useful for people who have an allergy to chemical products. It is safe to use on pearls and other semi-precious stones, but do not use on opals as the abrasive polish can damage the surface of the stone. Soft Cloth Cleaner is available in a 16oz tin and a 6oz tube.
Fine Silver Cleaner can be used to clean sterling silver pieces as well as fine figurines. The unusual formula of this cleaner increases the shininess of the silver after use. Fine Silver Cleaner is available in a 16oz tin and a 6oz tube.
Silver Stretch Bracelet Cleaner is a special formulation that can be used to clean stretch bracelets without any fear of the rubber cracking or becoming damaged. It works by dissolving tarnish and buildup on the pieces without affecting the elasticity of the rubber. Silver Stretch Bracelet Cleaner is available in a 16oz tin.
Silver & Jewelry Cleaner can be used to clean both silver jewelry and electronics such as CD’s and DVD’s. It contains a special polish that gives the jewelry a high shine after use. This is particularly useful for pieces that have suffered from tarnish and discoloration. Silver & Jewelry Cleaner is available in a 16oz tin.
Silver Polish is an abrasive polish that can be used to remove tarnish and dirt from pieces without scratching the silver. It is important to note that silver polish should not be used on items that contain 925 sterling silver, as this may lead to damage. Silver Polish is available in a 16oz tin.
It is worth noting that Weiman do not recommend the use of their cleaners on silk, wool or leather. Also, be careful when using the stretch bracelet cleaner as it may cause the rubber to become brittle or damaged if the directions are not followed correctly. In addition, you should avoid using silver polish on pieces that contain 925 silver as this can lead to damage.
Many people have found that Weiman products are more than a match for tarnish and grime when it comes to silver pieces of all kinds. Not only do they contain no harsh chemicals, but they are also very effective at cleaning the dirt away and bringing dull pieces back to their original lustrous shine.
If you own a lot of jewelry, you may find that using one of the larger tins of cleaner is more cost-effective in the long run. It is also a good idea to keep one in your gym bag if you are someone who wears a lot of jewelry such as an earring or a necklace when you work out. This will help to keep the silver pieces looking as good as new without any need for special attention.
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