Do you have anything particularly precious lurking around your house? Are you planning a spring clean? Jewellery, family heirlooms, antiques and artwork are all too valuable to be gathering dust, but equally, cleaning them in the wrong way or with the wrong product could do more harm than good! Here’s how to make your silver gleam, copper shine and gold glow…
How to clean silver jewellery:
Use a normal solution of washing up liquid and warm water as if you were washing up your dinner dishes. Rinse and dry as usual, but to remove tarnish and discolouration apply a paste of bicarbonate of soda and water and rub it gently into your silver jewellery with a cloth. Rinse under warm water and dry carefully. Bizarrely, toothpaste works well too!
How to clean silver kitchenware:
Line a bowl with aluminium foil and fill it with hot water and a small amount of washing power. Immerse the kitchenware in it for no more than 10 minutes. However, be careful! Silver dishes and cutlery shouldn’t be cleaned too enthusiastically – valuables that are silver plated rather than silver through-and-through will see the plate rubbed off.
How to clean your copper or brass light fittings, vases and other household items:
Keep your valuables looking shiny by using a mixture of sea salt and lemon juice. This mildly abrasive cleaner will make your copper bright, and all you’ll need to do is rinse it with warm water and dry it with a soft cloth afterwards. You can make copper shine by simply rubbing it with newspaper, and believe it or not, tomato ketchup is a great cleaner too!
How to clean gold rings:
Don’t use abrasive materials on gold jewellery. Instead, just pop your gold in a normal solution of warm water and washing up liquid, then use a soft bristled toothbrush to gently clean it. For best results, let items soak in the water for a few minutes. Rinse and then dry with a soft cloth.
How to clean expensive wine glasses:
Keep clear of the dishwasher, especially if your glassware is handmade crystal! Hand wash glassware using a normal combination of warm water and washing up liquid, rinse straight away and leave to air dry. Use a lint-free cloth to polish glassware, and if it’s stained, use a solution of white vinegar and distilled water. Leave items to soak for 12 hours, then wash as usual afterwards.
How to clean your marble fireplace:
Marble is an expensive but very porous material. This means it absorbs liquid on its surface, so stay away from harsh chemicals that could damage the integrity of the stone. Use a specialist marble cleaner, and only use water that has been distilled (water which has been boiled to have the impurities removed, then cooled).
How to clean chrome:
Use a clean, dry microfiber cloth to polish chrome. You can also remove fingerprints by adding small amount of baby oil to the cloth, and remember that this trick works well for stainless steel surfaces too!
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Disclaimer: This is a collaborative post.