Complementary Silver Cleaning
For all customers we offer a free silver cleaning service.
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Silver Cleaning Service
The Mavros flagship store on London’s Fulham Road is now established on the London’s luxury goods shopping map – and many customers have been delighted to discover that the downstairs display area also houses a fully operational silver cleaning unit.
Some older pieces, despite diligent application of silver foams and polishes, have oxidised over the years – this happens most often in high humidity climates – and so owners of Mavros silver are welcome to bring or send in their sculptures for a professional deep-cleaning. The service is complimentary and the result is a complete rejuvenation and the piece is returned to its owner as sparkling as the day it was purchased.
Please contact the store for more details – or if sending by registered post or courier, remember to clearly include your return address!
Cleaning and Care of your Silver
There are a number of different ways to clean silver and these include: cleaning cloths, rub on/off polish solutions and dipping solutions. I highly recommend the use of silver foam and silver spray by reputable manufacturers such as Goddards, Haggerty or Town Talk. These cleaning agents can be used for all of the following products.
Most pieces of jewellery can be cleaned by rubbing them gently with a silver cleaning cloth. These cloths are obtainable from most jewellers or stores which have silver departments. Some silver dipping solutions are also excellent cleaners. Just remember to rinse your jewellery afterwards with clean water. Silver foam can also be used.
Silver Animals Without Black Wood Bases
Light cleaning can also be done with a silver cloth, but if the tarnishing is very dark, then a silver foam or spray solution can be used. Some people worry about the whitish residue in cracks, but this is easily removed with a soft toothbrush and hot soapy water.
Silver Animals on Black Wood Bases
Most small animals are fixed to their black wood bases, whilst most large animals can be removed from their bases. Silver foam is my choice for these products. If some solution should come into contact with the base, apply a little black boot polish with an earbud, then polish with a soft cloth.
Game birds and candle holders are best cleaned by rubbing them with a silver cleaning cloth. If they need extra attention, then foam or spray solution can be applied, then washed off with hot soapy water, using a sponge or a soft toothbrush. Wax from the candles can be removed by using a wax solvent obtainable from a candle shop or department store. Otherwise hot water and rubbing with a dry piece of cloth or tissue will do the job.
Salt shakers are gold plated on the inside, but salt has a habit of corroding silver if it becomes wet and is left for a long time in the shaker. Try not to store your shakers with salt in them.
Perfumes should not be sprayed directly onto silver, pearls or any other jewellery for that matter. This can rapidly advance tarnishing and, in the case of pearls, will actually remove their lustre altogether.
Bathing or Swimming
Soap, sun and water are all wonderful for keeping silver jewellery clean and lustrous. Just don’t lose anything!
The hand-finished black wood base can easily have its shine restored by rubbing it with a small amount of black boot polish. That is how we shine the bases here in the workshop.
Name cards for the place card holders are always available from us at no extra charge.
Should any of these methods fail, do not hesitate to contact me directly and I will do my best to help you.