How To: Care For Silver

How To: Care For Silver

Rebecca Orlov
Oct 20, 2008

When we last visited our family, we were gifted our grandmother's beautiful silver tea set. We want to keep this pretty heirloom in perfect shape so we researched some tips on how to best care for silver wares. Check them out after the jump.

It doesn't take too long to polish silver and make it bright if you have the right materials. Also, avoid using a silver tarnish dip except for pieces with small cuts or curves or for the tines of a fork. The dips tend to leave a yellowish residue on silver. Also, you won't want all areas to be perfectly shiny. Darkened areas add beauty to the look of old and intricate pieces.

Polishing Tips


  • Rinse each silver item in hot water to remove surface dust.

  • While the silver is still warm, use a moistened foam sponge to spread the silver polish.

  • Spread the cream quickly over the silver piece to cover it completely.

  • Gently rub each tarnished area. Move around the piece, inside and out, until the tarnish is gone.

  • Dry with a very soft cotton flour-sack towel to remove all water.

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[Title photo via jsgphoto/flickr creative commons and tips via About.com]

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