How is silver plate cleaned?

Answer

Over time, silver has a tendency to tarnish due to oxidation. To restore silver plates to their original sparkling glory, this unsightly layer of oxidation can be removed through a fairly simple process that doesn't involve scrubbing or polishing. All that is needed is a chemical polishing "dip," which is a mixture that can be made easily from normal household products.

To make silver polishing dip, line the bottom of a glass baking dish with aluminum foil before filling the dish with boiling hot water. Add a minimal amount of both salt and baking soda. Place the silver plates into the mixture. Within a few seconds, the tarnish begins to fade and eventually disappear.

The silver can be removed when it appears cleaner, but heavily oxidized plates may need to remain in the water for longer. In any case, the process should not take much longer than five or ten minutes at most. When the surface of the plates are perfectly clean and sparkling again, they should be rinsed with water and buffed dry with a soft, fluffy towel or cloth.

Silver polishing dip is highly effective, and can reach places that a cloth never could, so silver plates get an all-over restoration.

Reference:
1 Additional Answer
Ask.com Answer for: how do you clean silver plate
How to Clean Silver Plate
Silver-plated items can look as beautiful as solid silver, as long as the silver plating remains. The method and products used for cleaning silver plate are similar to those used for cleaning solid silver; one main difference, however, is the method.... More »
Difficulty: Easy
Source: www.ehow.com
Explore this Topic
Because any type of silver, plated or not, tarnishes when exposed to air, you will have to clean it from time to time. To clean silver plated items use a silver ...
Silver plated means coated with a thin metallic layer of silver. There are silver plated teapots and other utensils and even jewellery can be silver plated. ...
"Sterling silver" describes an alloy that has silver content of 92.5%. "Silver plating" typically describes a very thin layer of silver that ...
About -  Privacy -  Careers -  Ask Blog -  Mobile -  Help -  Feedback  -  Sitemap  © 2014 Ask.com