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Does anyone know how to clean a silver bracelet that went in a swimming pool? Thanks.
By kathy from Charleston
I keep a rouge cloth in my jewelry. Anytime I wear something that is metal I just shine it up with that.
I had the same experince with a bracelet that I wore swimming in the pool. I bought a jar of silver polishing cream, and put the bracelet in the jar, burying it in the cream. Left it in for 2 days, took it out and rinsed the cream off, and polished it. The really shiny finish was gone, stripped off by the chlorine, but the matte finish I wound up with meant thatI could wear the bracelet again.
Ditto on toothpaste but be sure it's the the paste kind and not the gel kind. ;-)
I think a jeweler is your best bet. Cleaning with toothpaste and such is fine for dirt, but you probably have affected the bracelet in some way with the chlorine from the swimming pool.
If it is silver plated it is ruined but if it is sterling silver you can get that stain off with Cream of Tartar and lemon juice. Cream of tartar is a white powder you can find at the grocery store in the spice rack. Lemon concentrate works if you don't want to buy a lemon.
Can you help me please? I dropped my silver bracelet in bleach and it has gone grey.
Over the years when a piece of my silver jewelry has gotten forgotten in the depths of my jewelry box, it will tarnish on its own due to normal oxidation. I have found the best cleaner for that is toothpaste. I just put a dab on the item and rub it in real good. For the more intricate designed pieces I use an old toothbrush to get in those crevices. Then rinse in clear water. Plain toothpaste is best but whatever the newer kinds with whiteners and such will work too.
Please don't use toothpaste on your jewelry. I know it sounds like a good, economical thing to do, but toothpaste is abrasive. It will scratch the surface and your jewelry will never be pretty and shiny again. Use professional jewelry cleaner.
Also don't use toothpaste on dentures. It will scratch them too.
Bleach is corrosive to metal and I don't think your silver bracelet will ever look like new again. You might try clear nail polish on it to give it some luster. I'm sorry this happened to your bracelet.
I use cigarette ashes on mine. Just take a damp cloth and dip it in the ashes and rub it in very easy. Then rinse the ashes off. I have been doing this for a lot of years, and never had a problem. Hope this will help you.
The same thing just happened to me last week while I was cleaning and thought I damaged my rings from having my hands in bleach water. I did the same thing, I first scrubbed the heck out of the rings with a toothbrush and then remembered that I had a silver cleaning cloth and rubbed them until they were all cleaned up and shiny. :)
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How do you clean a tarnished silver bracelet? I went swimming with it on and it was shiny, but when I was done it was a dark silvery/gray.
Vanessa from Colorado Springs, CO
I've used good ole toothpaste. I take an old or new toothbrush and use it only to clean my jewelry. The paste is great for cleaning diamond rings and just about any jewelry, costume or real. Thanks. (09/08/2006)
I keep a rouge cloth in my jewelry. Anytime I wear something that is metal I just shine it up with that. (09/08/2006)
I tried putting salt in warm water in an aluminum pan. Let it soak for 5 minutes or so, rinse, and wipe. Nice shine. (09/08/2006)
Sterling silver is 0.925 silver and the rest a base metal.
Fine silver is 0.995 silver.
Silver is very reflective and shiny, such as after polishing and drying. Both fine and sterling silver are solid metal; silver plate is layered metal.
Silver should have a silver mark indicating its metal content, using the numbers shown above, stamped in the metal. Silver plate has the imprint of the base metal. British silver plate is marked EPSN, which means electroplate silver nickel.
Look for the imprint to tell which kind of metal is in your bracelet.
Silver is soft. (So is gold.) I would not use toothpaste because toothpaste is abrasive. Once the surface is scratched, there's nothing you can do about it. If you went swimming in chlorinated water, the silver will be permanently pitted from the chlorine and there's nothing you can do to restore the surface. The less and fewer types of chemicals you use and the less time you soak jewelry, the better. Last resort: ask a jeweler if he or she can re-dip it. It's not expensive. (09/09/2006)
By Janice C.
I cleaned my shower stall with bleach and my ring looked absolutely awful. I used some baking soda on a wet cloth and it came right off. I then rinsed in white vinegar and boy does it shine again. You might try this. I was heart-sick when I saw what I did. I'll remove all jewelry before I do that again. Good luck. (09/09/2006)
I used toothpaste with no problems. Of course I didn't use one that was gritty. (09/09/2006)
Place a piece of aluminum foil in the bottom of a dish or pan, add 1 quart of hot water, 1 tsp of salt, and 1 tsp of water softener (buy in the laundry section of grocery store).
Mix and dip your piece in for a minute or so and rinse with cold water and dry with a soft cloth. (09/10/2006)
Mr. Clean Magic Eraser works great on silver! (11/30/2007)
I had the same experience with a bracelet that I wore swimming in the pool. I bought a jar of silver polishing cream, and put the bracelet in the jar, burying it in the cream. I left it in for 2 days, took it out and rinsed the cream off, and polished it. The really shiny finish was gone, stripped off by the chlorine, but the matte finish I wound up with meant that I could wear the bracelet again. (08/19/2008)
I have a silver bracelet with cubic zirconias that has tarnished. I polished it with Wright's Silver Cleaner, but it still looks dark-ish. More like a stainless steel than a silver color. I have used this cleaner before successfully, so I think the problem is due more to the bracelet than to the cleaner.
No hallmarks indicating the type of silver in the bracelet.
Turtle Wax car polish will fix it beautifully. Smear it all over the silver, let it sit for a few minutes, then wipe it off with a rag. The rag will be ruined. (01/04/2006)
You can purchase a bottle of TaRnex liquid at your local Walgreens. I use it for most all of my silver and it works wonderfully. Pour a small amount in a glass cup or container and you may just want to do a small part of the bracelet say the end of it in a bit of the cleaner to make sure it doesn't harm it. I have never used it on zirconias. I would recommend you do it outside as the TaRnex does have an unsavory smell to it. Once the tarnish is gone I would recommend a good silver cream to clean it up. Good luck. cmc (01/05/2006)
Tarnex works great, but just be careful - it can ruin pearls and synthetic stones. Don't dip or soak the jewelry item (use a piece of cotton and wipe it on, then rinse.) I ruined a vintage art nouveau silver pin by leaving it too long in Tarnex. (01/12/2006)
A jewelry polishing cloth has two sides to it, one side to remove tarnish and one to polish and shine afterwards. You can find them at Wal-Mart and they are inexpensive. (01/13/2006)