The alpaca, also called Argentinian or German Silver, is an alloy of three metals: copper, zinc and nickel, widely used for the manufacture of kitchenware, jewelry or decorative details. Quite cheaper than silver, it became fashionable especially in the 60s and 70s and it is very likely that you have at home, from an alpaca tray to a coffee set, a complete cutlery, a chain or a ring or bracelet .
It’s about a resistant material But it requires a certain maintenance so that it looks beautiful and does not acquire a yellow-greenish tone, or even rust spots appear on it.
Tips to keep the alpaca flawless for longer
Currently you have specific products to easily clean almost any metal, including nickel silver, but there are also little tricks that work and are sometimes more recommended for their simplicity and excellent results.
Warm water and a drop of soap to wash the dishes. Because of its speed and ability to reach every nook and cranny, this is the perfect remedy to clean, for example, a cutlery in record time or a decorative figurine with a thousand watermarks.
Immerse the objects in the soapy water, leaving them to soak, in a container lined with aluminum foil, for at least 15 minutes. If the dirt present is of a “significant” caliber, add a small spoonful of common salt It will make the operation easier and more efficient. After a reasonable time, remove the objects and dry them very well, to avoid any remaining moisture. If you notice that any gap has not been completely right, an old toothbrush it can come in handy for you. Dip it in the solution and rub, with its help, the stubborn area.
If the alpaca acquires a yellow tone that you want to eliminate over time, dilute a tablespoon of bicarbonate in a glass of warm water and moisten a clean cloth with the mixture. Pass it on, dry and the metal will regain its shine. If it is a smooth object, such as a tray or some pretty under plates that you take out to decorate the table on special occasions, a small “trap”, most practical, consists of, once clean, line them with transparent adhesive paper (the one to cover the books), before putting them away. So, when you need them and take them out, you just have to remove the foil and your alpaca dishes will be perfect.
Finally, if you want to try remove a rust stain, Try a cloth moistened with hot water in which you will have dissolved a tablespoon of baking soda and another of salt. The rust may not come out all the way, but it will certainly look much better.