Can silver plating wear off? Yes silver plating can wear off. Some people will have had the experience of seeing silverware that has worn through. Others might not even realise it’s possible. Or else they don’t realise that the brassy colour showing through is the metal that was once covered…
How to clean trophy cups.
Many of our customers have asked us how to clean trophy cups. It may seem a silly question but using the proper cleaning methods is extremely important. Sadly some have been over polished with harsh formulas and the silver coating has worn off. Therefore we’ve done some research so that we can help you care for your trophy cups using the right methods and products.
Why does silver become tarnished?
Humid conditions and exposure to the air for long periods it will cause silver to tarnish quickly. We keep our trophy cups packaged in tissue paper and plastic until we sell them. However, most people will want to show their trophy cups off. It is best to display your trophies in a glass cabinet. Putting a little bit of silica gel in the cabinet will help to reduce moisture levels.
How to keep silver trophy cups clean and shiny
Unfortunately there is no magic solution to keeping your trophy cups untarnished. But fortunately there are some wonderful products specially designed to restore them to a beautiful shine. We recommend Goddard’s or Hagerty’s Silver polishing formulas. They contain a tarnish resistant barrier so you won’t need to polish so often.
Use silver polishing cloths instead of polishing formulas
It is important not to use silver polishing agents too often as they can wear through the silver coating. The tarnishing can usually be removed with a special silver polishing cloth. These cloths are specially designed to gently polish your silver without the need of harsh polishing agents.
Only use polishing formulas as a last resort
Some trophy cups can be so badly tarnished that they need a silver polishing formula. It is best to use the silver polishing cloth first. Then use a specially formulated silver polishing liquid for the stubborn areas.
Use a separate cloth for polishing formulas
Obviously, you won’t want to use your special silver polishing cloth to apply silver polish. You should have 2 polishing cloths for cleaning your trophy cups. Keep your silver polishing cloth especially for silver that doesn’t need any extra treatment with polishing formulas. Any soft cloth will do for applying polishing formulas.
What to do if the silver has worn off
Trophy cups can be restored by professional electroplaters like Progressive Polishers and Electroplaters They will replate your trophy cups with a heavy and durable thickness of 20 microns of pure silver. However, it is quite an expensive process that you’d probably only use for high value trophy cups. Therefore it is best to prevent the need for replating by using reliable trophy cup cleaning methods.
Nickel plated trophy cups
Today most cups are made with nickel plating rather than silver plating. They look just like silver cups but they don’t tarnish. All they need is a wipe clean with a cloth. Nickel plated cups are a good choice if you don’t want to spend ages cleaning them.
The life of your trophy cups all depends on using trusted cleaning methods and the right formulas. If you’ve been unlucky enough to wear through the silver plating it’s not the end of the world. There is a solution… at a price!