How To: Polish Silver
Beautiful silver pieces shouldn’t languish at the back of a shelf. Removing tarnish might seem like a time-consuming task, but some simple household products make for an easy clean―no backbreaking scrubbing required. Watch this video.
What You Need
- tarnished silver, warm water, dish soap, aluminum foil, baking soda, salt, boiled water, two pots, clean cloth, silver polish
Follow These Steps
- Wash your silver in mild soapy water
Start by washing your silver items with mild dish soap and warm water.
Tip: Avoid the dishwasher, the extreme heat can warp items.
- Place silver in a pot lined with aluminum foil
Make sure the pot has a well-fitting lid.
- Mix ingredients with boiling water
In a separate pot, bring a quart of water to a boil; mix in a 1/4 cup baking soda and a couple of teaspoons of salt.
- Pour the solution into the pot
Cover the pot once you’ve poured in this mix. The solution will cause a chemical reaction that should remove any blackness from the silver. This could take up to five minutes.
- Rinse and dry your silver
Remove silver from pot, rinse with clean water, and dry with a clean, soft cloth.
Tip: Prevent tarnish by storing silver in acid-free tissue paper or unbleached cotton muslin (found at fabric stores) inside a resealable bag.
- Touch up with polish
If your piece is still looking a little tarnished, finish the job with some silver polish.