Generally in a household there will be a number of artefacts, it can be made of any material and the maintenance of the article is very important. Dusting, cleaning, polishing are the few methods employed to upkeep its grandeur from deteriorating. If the article is made of any metal, then polishing will enhance its shine and appearance. Let us take a look at the simple methods of polishing sliver &brass articles at home.
POLISHING OF SLIVER ARTICLE:
First clean the article with surf water, then immerse it in a strong warm solution of washing soda for an hour, then wipe& brush it. Take a silvo (silvo is the name of the silver polish available in the market) on a piece of cotton waste and apply to the article, rub well. Continue rubbing till all traces of polish has been removed. Finally rub with a clean dry cloth.
POLISHING OF BRASS ARTICLE:
First clean the article with surf water, Then rub it with a solution of one heaped table spoon of vinegar to a point of water. Immerse the brass article in a strong warm solution of washing soda for an hour. Then wipe & brush it. Rub off spots of corrosion with scouring powder or with a fine steel wool. Take a little brasso ( brasso is a name of the brass polish available in the shops)on a piece of cotton waste and apply to the article. Rub well. Continue rubbing till all the traces of polish has been removed. Finally a coating should be given.
Metals are two types – soft & hard metals. The metals that scratch easily are soft Eg; silv
er. The metals that will not scratch easily are hard, Eg ; Iron, steel Etc.
Metal polishes can also be prepared at home. Soap powder dissolved in boiling water, after cooling, along with ammonia, brick powder is added and mixed well. The prepared polish is suitable for brass &copper.
For silver polish shredded soap is dissolved in the boiling water, along with ‘Jewellers’s rouge, (ferric oxide is also known as jewellers rouge) ammonia and spirit, the soap water is mixed. The prepared polish is stored in a well corked bottle.