Qwicksilver Electrolytic Silver Cleaning Plate
Are you familiar with Qwicksilver TM ? It is a self acting electrolytic cleaning plate -- imported from England -- that I have purchased from Antique shows? I am in need of some new ones and cannot seem to find them ! Are you familiar with either a comparable product or.......something else that cleans silver "like magic"......without rubbing and for large objects?
PLEASE HELP! Thanks!Zoraida Fiol-Silva, M.D.
- Pomona, New Jersey
Hi, Zoraida. You may also wish to see letter 4785, which explains the chemistry.
Where can I buy Qwicksilver TM cleaning plate. I used a friend's and it is terrific. Any help would be greatly appreciated.Diana Henry Mann
- Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Qwicksilver plates are available by writing QWICKSILVER P. O. Box 2118 Bristol, TNGinny Mullendore
- Madison, Mississippi
Does anyone know how I can purchase qwicksilver online or do I use the TN address here? Thanks!C. Sue Cooley
Bed and Breakfast - Bethany Beach, Delaware
Ultrasonic Silver Cleaning Kit
Qwicksilver is a trademarked and internationally patented product. You can buy it for delivery worldwide.Brian Morris
Qwicksilver Inc - Cape Town, South Africa
I have purchased a Qwicksilver Plate and on the instruction it does not say what kind of sink or container to use when cleaning. We have a stainless sink and want to know if it would be okay to use it to clean the silver pieces we have or do we need to use a non metallic receptacle. It says not to mix other metals with the silver pieces when cleaning.
Thank You,Sal Seidita
Hobbyist - Kingston, New York
What type of laundry detergent do you use to activate this product (in the USA) as we don't have Persil in this country?Jean Walker-Wiley
home owner - Reston, Virginia
About 7 years ago I called Quicksilver to order more reaction agent, and the person on the phone told me to use Arm & Hammer Super washing soda. He told me it's a lot cheaper, and it's basically the same stuff.
It's been working fine for us.
We recently installed a black enamel sink, replacing our stainless steel one. I am now using a 3 gallon stainless steel lobster pot.William Olson
- Holland, Pennsylvania
I purchased a Qwicksilver plate about ten years ago. Today when I used it, some silver pieces were cleaned effectively. Others were not. I tried a second time on these items with no better results. Also, the plate is now very gray/brown in color--not silver. I tried to clean it as indicated on the envelope slip that the plate is stored in with no results. What do I do now to restore it and why were some things not cleaned?Beatrice L. Wallace
collector - Hemlock, Michigan
From the description you give your Qwicksilver plate is almost totally corroded with the residue of old tarnish. Tarnish must be washed off the plate immediately after cleaning (as the instructions clearly state) or it will eventually become inert. It is surprising you were able to clean ANY silver. After ten years perhaps you should buy another one. Contact Qwicksilver.Brian Morris
- Cape Town, South Africa
I just used a "Quicksilver" electrolytic plate that I found to clean some silver and it works quite well with WASHING soda. An internet search turned up info that the "secret" is the plate is simple aluminum and one can get the same reaction using ALUMINUM FOIL, WASHING SODA, and Boiling or Hot water. Much cheaper!Richard Heppert
- Kingsport, Tennessee
This old wives' tale again. Clean with aluminium foil and you'll strip your silver plating. Sure it produces electrolytic action, so does salt and a tin can. Electrolytic action needs to be controlled, which is why the Qwicksilver plate has an international patent.Brian Morris
Qwicksilver International Inc - Cape Town, South Africa
Ed. note: Hi, Brian. Although we made the mistake of letting this particular thread get a little commercial, which we try hard to avoid, this forum is for technical discussions related to metal finishing -- so please give us the patent number. Our regular readers are much more interested in the science of these things than where they can buy a particular brand. Thanks!
I came to this site to find out where I could obtain another one of these plates; I have one and it is fine. For an activator I have always used Calgon water softener, but Arm & Hammer Washing Soda is also fine. I have made a note of the supplier in Tennessee and will follow it up.Jewell Margaret Clark
Retired - Surrey, B. C., Canada
One of course CAN use a commercial cleaning plate IF one can find one without spending a arm or a leg.
- Kingsport, Tennessee
I too love this product. I was able to locate it on-line at www.iKitchen.com for around $15.00. Type in Jewelry cleaner in the search field.Autumn Broadway
- Valley Center, California
Ed. note: We don't see it there anymore, using that search term or any other :-(
September 5, 2008
I have had my plate for 20 years or more. I love it! I collect sterling miniatures, and I would never be able to enjoy them without Qwicksilver!
- Racine, Wisconsin
September 14, 2008
after a bit of googling, the activation chemical for the qwicksilver plate is actually "soda ash" available at your local pool supply store. Common name is "pH UP" =>
- Adelaide, S Aust, Australia
December 17, 2008
Hello, where in South Africa can I buy the plate as well as the powder. ThanksShalandra Sitharam
HOBBYIST - South Africa
July 15, 2009
I cannot get my qwicksilver plate to work properly. It is not taking off the tarnish.
Should I order a new one?
mom cleaning silver - Chapel Hill, North Carolina
January 6, 2010
- Sydney, NSW, Australia
June 20, 2011
Q. Just purchased the Quicksilver Plate and noted that you shouldn't mix metals. Is it o.k. to clean jewelry that has some gold parts with the silver such as clasps? Thanks.Rita Tringler
buyer - Tampa Florida
May 31, 2012
Q. I have a Kwik-Shine silver cleaning plate, but, no instructions. Could someone please tell me how to use this plate?Anne Marie Helbach
- St. Catharines, Cnada
December 11, 2012
A. Easy! For silver:
1. Boil the kettle (with lots of water).
2. Place the silver objects to be cleaned in your sink.
3. Sprinkle a good handful of CALGON WATER SOFTENER over the silver items.
4. Pour on the full kettleful of boiling water, and add enough VERY HOT water from the tap to cover all the items.
5. Wait a few minutes.
6. Drain the sink, rinse and dry the items and enjoy!
The results are usually quite good, but some extra-tarnished items may need a second go-round, or a finishing rub with silver polish.
For brass, copper, bronze etc.:
Same instructions, except use washing soda instead of water softener. I usually use Arm & Hammer. Remember, washing soda and baking soda are NOT the same thing.
Oh, and always clean silver separately from the brass, copper etc. pieces.
Hope this helps!
- St. John's, NL, Canada