Tarnished Silverplated Teapot - Before
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Cleaning Silver


This teapot was cleaned using the method described below.

No purchased polish or cleaner
was used.

Actual 'soak' time was
approximately 20 minutes.
Silverplated  Teapot After Cleaning - No Polish was used.








How to Clean Silver at Home



Cleaning sterling and silverplated items no longer need be a chore. You can clean your sterling and silverplated flatware and hollow-ware in minutes without having to use those smelly chemical pastes and liquids.

While this method works well on most silver items we do NOT recommend using it on any item or piece of jewelry that may be inlaid or set with any type of gem stone - organic or otherwise, that may have other metals present, or be extremely fragile or have great monitary or sentimental value.

It is recommend you test this method on a small, non-valuable item beforehand to familiarize yourself with the procedure**.

All directions should be read completely and understood before cleaning any item.



What you will need:

Large glass bowl or aluminum pot
Large pot for boiling water
Baking Soda
Aluminum Foil
Tablespoon for measuring
Old towels for drying
Plastic coated tongs for removing or turning the pieces.

Bowl Method:

1.Bring to a boil enough water in a pot to cover the items to be cleaned. Place a piece of aluminum foil in the bottom of the bowl curving it up the sides of the bowl.

2.Place the items to be cleaned on the aluminum foil in the bowl, not touching.

3.Slowly pour boiling water over the items. Do not fill to top. Leave about 1-2 inches in the bowl for the soda to react with the aluminum. (Before pouring the boiling water over the items make sure you are working in an area such that should the mixture boil over you will not have a mess.)

4.Sprinkle approximately 1 tablespoon of soda per quart of water over the submerged items. This will cause a foaming effect. (You may notice a sulfur smell.)

5.Allow the items to sit in this solution until they can be removed by hand. (You may need to repeat this procedure for heavily tarnished items.)

6.After removing items from soda solution, rinse under cool running water and dry.

7.Depending on the quality of the silver being cleaned, you may want to buff with a jeweler's cloth or use commercial silver polish to obtain the finished lustre you desire.


Aluminum Pot Method:

1.Place a piece of aluminum foil in the bottom of the large aluminum pot and bring to a boil enough water to cover the items to be cleaned. Do NOT fill the pot with water to the top.

2.Once the water is boiling carefully remove pot from heat source.

3.Use tongs to slowly submerge the item(s) to be cleaned into the hot water. Items should not overlay one another.

4.Sprinkle approximately 1 tablespoon of soda per quart of water over the submerged items. This will cause a foaming effect. (You may notice a sulfur smell.) If a portion of an item is above the water line, turn it with the tongs after about 10-15 minutes so that all of the piece can be cleaned.

5.Allow the items to sit in this solution until they can be removed by hand. You may find that using an aluminum pot cleans the items more quickly than using the bowl method. If this is the case, you may want to remove the item(s) using the tongs before the water has cooled down enough for you to remove the items by hand.

6.After removing items from the soda solution, rinse under cool running water and dry.

7.Depending on the quality of the silver being cleaned, you may want to buff with a jeweler's cloth or use commercial silver polish to obtain the finished lustre you desire.


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