Tis the time of year to break out the china, silverware, and serving platters. After year or more of being in storage, many of them will look a bit rough and tarnished. While it’s good to polish your silver on the occasion, it’s not good to do it too frequently as it removes the actual silver on the platter or whatever it is that you’re trying to polish. So here’s a little tip that I learned from my high school chemistry teacher. Here’s what you need:
- Piece of tanished silver (duh)
- Baking soda
- Aluminum foil (and an aluminum baking dish… one of the disposible types)
- A pot for boiling water
So you can use a regular mop bucket if you have a large piece like a platter or a vase that you want to clean. Just place a large piece of aluminum foil on the bottom of it. You can also use the aluminum pan like seen above. Dissolve several table spoons of baking soda in the boiling hot water (however many cups you need to cover the piece (I didn’t do it like this but I think it would have worked better). Once it’s dissolved, place item into the bucket and let it soak for several minutes. It shouldn’t take any more than 5 mins at the most. You literally should be able to see it go away in front of your eyes (at least on the side that is touching the aluminum). Should it not work, take a small piece of aluminum foil and gently rub on the surface of the piece. It’ll work just like a polishing cloth. Don’t rub too hard or you’ll scratch the silver surface.
Here’s some before and after shots of my silverware from my aunt that I recently polished. Pretty neat!