Restore Silver Items Damaged By A House Fire
House fires can be devastating. Your home, your belongings, and your family are all damaged in one way or another. If you've recently had the misfortune of experiencing a house fire, you're probably looking for information about how to salvage the things that the fire didn't destroy. This article will explain how to restore your silver items and give them a second chance.
- Hot water
- Silver polish
- Baking soda
- Liquid dishwashing detergent
- Plastic bin
- Aluminum pot
- Clean cloths
- Soft bristled toothbrush
- Soft sponge
Fill the plastic bin of very hot water with a couple of cups of liquid dish soap mixed in.
Place the silver items in the bin and allow them to soak for a few minutes so that the soot will break down a bit.
Use a toothbrush to begin scrubbing the soot off of the surface. Work on the small nooks and crannies with the toothbrush as they will be the most difficult areas to get clean.
Dump the water and replace it as it gets too dirty to work with.
Now, dry the silver and check to see if you've removed all of the soot. If you still see some soot remaining, run another bin of hot water with dish soap and allow the silver to sit for another fifteen minutes or so. Scrub with the brush, rinse and inspect.
If soap and water didn't get all of the soot off, you'll have to try another option – boiling water and baking soda.
Fill an aluminum pot with two gallons of water and bring it to a boil. Add about a half cup of baking soda and mix until the baking soda has dissolved. Carefully set the silver items in the mixture. Allow them to soak until the baking soda froths at the top of the water. Use some tongs to remove the silver and wipe it dry.
If you're pleased with the results, apply some quality polish and buff to a shine.
Please note that some silver doesn't hold up well in high temperatures. If the piece you are working to restore is valuable or very sentimental, it's best to talk with your local silversmith about how to go about undoing the damage that the fire has caused.
The fire damage restoration company near you will work to get your house back in order while you work to salvage some of the things that the fire tried to take from you.