How to Polish Silverware

A perfectly cooked meal requires a perfect presentation. If you are hosting a party at your home, you will want all the silver utensils to be shiny and sparkling clean. However, if you do not use your silverware that often and have stored it for special occasions only, then you will need to polish them before use. Silver utensils can become dull and weary over time, but you can easily revive their original charm following the below-given steps.

How to Polish Silver Utensils

  • Add 1 tbsp of baking soda in 4 cups of water and bring to boil.
  • Take another container and line its bottom using an aluminum foil. Note that the container should be large enough to let all your silver utensils touch the aluminum foil directly. You can also use a disposable aluminum baking tray for this.
  • Put all the tarnished silverware in the container lined with aluminum foil or baking tray.
  • Pour boiling hot baking soda-water mixture on top of the silver utensils and ensure that all the pieces submerge fully in the water.
  • Let the silverware sit for around 10 – 20 seconds. You can wait for longer if your silver utensils are very dirty.
  • After that, remove every piece of silverware using kitchen tongs and dry them using a clean dishtowel.

This simple cleaning process will give you a shiny silver utensils in an instant. However, you may need a few treatments to clean and polish heavily tarnished silverware.

You can also prepare a baking soda paste for cleaning silver utensils. Mix ¼ cup of baking soda with 2 tbsp water and use the paste directly on soiled silverware to clean and polish them. If you do not have baking soda, you can use a small amount of toothpaste to polish silver utensils. Just ensure that the toothpaste is abrasive enough to clean silverware.

If you do not see any results, it means that your utensils are silver-plated, and either the silver has worn off or it has been polished too many times. Re-plating such utensils can be very expensive, so it will be better to replace them with new silverware.

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