Silver Polish Home Remedy
A silver polish home remedy is an effective way to polish tarnished silver. One classic way of doing so is to use baking soda and aluminum foil. To get started, first take a pan or a shallow dish and line it with aluminum foil. Line it thoroughly. Make sure the shiny side is pointing up. One important point to remember: make sure the pan is not made of stainless steel. You want to do this in order to avoid a nasty chemical reaction that could damage your silver beyond repair. Next, put your tarnished silver items into the pan. Your pan should be big enough to hold these silver items, of course.
Baking Soda and Aluminum Foil
Sprinkle plenty of baking soda onto your silver items. This should be roughly a cup of baking soda for every gallon of hot water you’re using. Make sure they’re covered quite thoroughly. Next, completely cover the silver items in the pan with hot water, and let it sit for a while. This water should start off boiling hot. When the water has cooled down enough so you can easily put your hands into it without discomfort, remove the silver items from the pan.
Polishing Your Silver Items
Now it’s time to do the actual polishing, since you’ve chemically prepared your silver items. The baking soda has caused a chemical reaction that prepares the tarnish for physical removal. Removing the silver may cause some spillage of dirty water out of the pan, so be aware of that regarding where you perform the tarnish removal. Take a soft clean cloth and polish the tarnished areas of your silver items. The tarnish should come right off. Rinse your silver items off and dry them when you’re done. Sometimes there’ll be heavy tarnish that’s thickly caked onto your silver items, and it won’t all come off on the first try. But that’s no problem: just repeat the process once or twice and all the tarnish ought to come off.
Baking Soda and Water
An alternative way to polish the tarnish off your silver items with baking soda is to combine baking soda with water into a paste. This paste should be pretty thick. Take this paste and stick it onto the tarnished areas of your silver items. Next you want to let it dry, but this shouldn’t take anymore than 5 minutes or so. After it’s dried, take a clean soft cloth and wipe off the tarnish to your satisfaction. Finish by buffing the silver item with the cloth until it’s as shiny as you want it to be, rinsing it then drying it.
Whiting, or calcium carbonate, is an alternative to baking soda in the polishing of silver. You can put some whiting powder onto your silver items and rub it into the tarnished areas by using a clean cloth that is also somewhat damp. Keep rubbing until your silver is cleaned up. Finish by rinsing and drying with a clean cloth.