Samovars: restoration and methods of care
Restoration of a samovar is not the cheapest service. For the implementation of such work the master will have to pay a considerable amount. For example, the restoration of a samovar in Tula or Moscow, on average, costs about 8 thousand rubles. It is possible that for the restoration of not only the appearance, but also the functionality of the device, you will have to pay a more impressive amount.
In reality, it is not necessary to turn to the services of professional restorers. With a great desire, you can cope with the task on your own. How to perform the restoration of the samovar with your own hands? Finding the answer to this question will deal in our article.
It is worth starting the restoration of a samovar with the removal of layers that have formed on the inner surfaces of the jug over the long years of operation. First of all, we are talking about cleaning scale, which slows down the heating of water and can lead to burning of the fixture walls. To perform such work in several ways:
- Modern chemistry - it is worthwhile to use effective means for removing deposits, for example, the preparation "Antinakipin". An alternative option can serve as a liquid for cleaning car carburetors. In both cases, for the restoration of the samovar, its jug on 2/3 is filled with warm water. It dissolves the chemical. After a day, scale deposits are carefully scraped off using a metal brush and a sponge for washing dishes.
- Table vinegar - a tool familiar to housewives who have repeatedly resorted to cleaning kettles. The method consists in the following. A glass of essence is dissolved in one liter of water. The composition is poured into the jug of the samovar and brought to a boil. As soon as the liquid has cooled, the layer of scale is removed by a brush.
- Citric acid - the substance is dissolved in water to an elevated concentration. The tool is poured into the jug of the samovar and boiled. After several hours, the layers will begin to lag behind the walls of the device.
- Potato peelings — the samovar is about half full of skin, and then the jug is filled with water to the top. Raw boil well.After such a manipulation, the walls of the unit can be easily cleaned of old layers, using an abrasive sponge.
Under the influence of food products over time, the walls of kitchen utensils necessarily oxidize. The inner surface of the samovar is covered with a specific film, from which not the most useful for human health substances enter the water. Eliminate the trouble allows for tinning. The essence of such a restoration of the samovar is to cover the walls of the unit with a metal layer on which the film does not form. Most often, tin is used for these purposes.
How to repair and restore the samovar in this way? For this you need to resort to such events:
How to return the samovar former shine?
Prolonged storage of the device may cause darkening of the housing surfaces. For the restoration of an old samovar, use the Polish Polish polishing agent. The use of the composition will not only return an attractive form of the unit, made of brass, stainless steel, aluminum or copper. During the event, the surface will also be covered with a protective film that will protect the device from tarnishing of the walls.
If the samovar is made of nickel silver, it is better to use Metal Cleaner.The price of this polish is much lower compared to the previous version. However, in order to bring surfaces to shine in this case, it will be necessary to further treat them with GOI paste. The latter, by the way, is a mere penny.
If the patina is too thick, the above remedies may be ineffective. In such a situation, it is necessary to perform mechanical grinding of surfaces. It is necessary to act very carefully here. Indeed, in the process of grinding there is a probability of formation of gaps on the metal surface.
It often happens that after a long storage in a closet the samovar spout adheres too much to the surfaces and does not allow using the device for its intended purpose. The faucet can also begin to leak, which will spoil the pleasure of organizing the process of tea drinking. Similar troubles are eliminated in the following way:
- Connections of a faucet that refuses to rotate are processed with WD-40. After some time, the spout gently knocks with a wooden block.
- Leaking faucet eliminated through the use of a paste called "Valve".The element is removed from the samovar, processed by the tool and mounted back. Then the tap rotates several times in a circle until it is in place.
After the above procedures, it is recommended to boil water in a samovar several times. Otherwise, there is the likelihood of poisoning with aggressive chemical components that make up the used means.
Recommendations for the care of the samovar
In order not to have to resort to repair and restoration of the device, it is necessary to pay attention to the following points:
- Do not leave a jug of a heated samovar without water. An oversight over time will damage the inner tube.
- It is necessary to ensure that the samovar filled with water does not remain in the cold in winter. The transformation of liquid into ice can cause the formation of cracks on the surface of the unit.
- It is recommended to put already heated fuel into the samovar. In this way, it is possible to significantly extend the life of the appliance by reducing the frypot wear.
- The inner and outer surfaces of the samovar should be regularly cleaned with household appliances. After all, a lot of soot is generated from burning fuel, and the use of pine needles during brewing causes congestion in the constituent parts of the resin aggregate.
As you can see, the restoration of the samovar is a rather difficult task. It is recommended to start work with simple events, for example, ridding the walls of scale. Next you need to act depending on the degree of damage. Sometimes, returning the attractive appearance of the samovar allows cleaning the outer walls and the tinning of the jug. In other cases, it is necessary to resort to the replacement of components and the repair of cracks.