How to Polish Silver Plating


Silver-plated flatware, serving platters, jewelry, picture frames and other decorative objects are made with a thin layer of silver on top of a base metal. As time passes the lustrous sheen will become dull or tarnished due to usage and oxidation and will require polishing.

Things You'll Need

  • Sponge
  • Cloth
  • Polishing cloth for silver
  • Silver polish
  • Wet a sponge with warm water.

  • Wipe the silver-plated object to remove any surface dirt or oil.

  • Dip a clean cloth into the silver polish and apply it in a thin film to the silver plating.

  • Rub the polish into the silver plating using a polishing cloth made for silver. Be gentle. If you are too rigorous you can remove the thin layer of silver plating.

  • Wash the silver-plated item if it is to be used for serving food. Use a small amount of mild dish-washing liquid and warm water to remove any excess silver polish.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not use abrasive cleansers or polishes on the silver plating. Anything too strong may wear off the thin layer of silver.

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