Introduction: How to Clean Tarnished Silver
With this instructables you can Learn easily method to clean your Silver from Tarnish (Silver sulfide)
If you see the video you might think "Wow It's magic" i reply : "No it's Science!"
Yes, because This phenomenon is called: "Redox Reaction" in a nutshell: The sulfide on the silver, shift on the aluminum, there is displacement to one metal to another
Ok Start with this instructables!
Step 1: Components
You Need 4 things:
- Aluminum Pan
- Table Salt (NaCl)
- Baking Soda (NaHCO3)
- Your Tarnish Silver obviously!
(If you don't have The Aluminum Pan You can use only Aluminum Foil and you can wrapped on a Bowl)
Step 2: Hot Water
Mixed the Table salt and the baking soda in the aluminum pan, after put Your Water on the stove and let it boil.
Now you can add your hot water in the aluminum pan
Mixed another time with a spoon
Step 3: The Reaction
Now you only set your Tarnished Silver in the solution and waiting for 2 or 3 minute
The reaction is:
3 Ag2S + 2 Al 6 Ag + Al2S3
silver sulfide + aluminum ---> silver + aluminum sulfide
Step 4: Clean Very Well
After You remove From the solution you can see all tarnish disappears!
Remember to clean from water really fast your object, because water+oxygen= oxidation
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