How to Clean Silver Plated Objects That Have Tarnished

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What You'll Need
Shallow dish
Aluminum foil
Baking soda
Clean towel

Learning how to clean silver plated objects can be a fun and easy task. Silver plated objects are usually subject to tarnish over time. Tarnish is a slower form of rust and leaves black spots on the silver objects. The silver plated objects can then lose their smooth texture and shine and end up looking dull. Cleaning them the right way can bring back their smooth texture and the shine in minutes. Follow this step-by-step guide for help on cleaning silver plated objects that have tarnished. Simple household products will help you get the job done.

Step 1 – Prepare the Silverware

The first step is to prepare the silverware for cleaning. Place the silver plated objects in a dish that is lined with aluminum foil. Make sure the objects are spread apart and are not lying on top of each other. When you have assembled them, sprinkle baking soda over them.

Step 2 – Boil Water

Boil water in a pan. The water should be enough to cover the silver objects that you wish to clean. When the water is boiling, add a pinch of salt to it. Then pour the water over the objects that are lined in the dish. Move the objects around in the water with a spoon. Use a wooden spoon. You will notice that the tarnish will start disappearing already.

Step 3 – Finish the Job

Allow the silver plated objects to sit in the boiling water for approximately 10 minutes or until all the tarnish has disappeared. Then, allow the objects to cool down and take them out onto a clean dry towel. When they are dry, buff them with a clean dry cloth or paper towel to get back the smooth texture and the shine.