How do I clean large pieces of a Towle silver plated tea set?

by Deb

I have my mothers very old Towle silver plated 10 piece (including large tray) that is severely tarnished after 15 + years wrapped in brown paper in the attic. I need to clean and sell .. Help please

  7 answers
  • Chas' Crazy Creations Chas' Crazy Creations on Jan 06, 2019

    I wrote an article about cleaning silver. Here is the link to the instructions -

  • Peggy L Burnette Peggy L Burnette on Jan 06, 2019

    Hi Deb, this is Peggy. Sorry about your tarnished tea set. Hope this helps you. Good luck How to Refurbish Silver Plated Items - The Spruce

    1. › Home Decor › DIY Projects › Refurbishing

    Oct 24, 2018 - ... luster over time. Luckily, you can refurbish silver plated items so they shine like new. ... Silver plate with tea on top of it. Westend61/Getty ... Or, pick up a silver polish and cream at your local discount or home improvement store. If you are ... Sprinkle another 1/4 cup of baking soda on the item. Gently scrub ...

  • Kelli L. Milligan Kelli L. Milligan on Jan 06, 2019

    Check out websites that sell silverpate like EBay. Your time and the cleaner will cost more than its worth I'm sorry to say. Just saw a huge box of silverplate sell for $10., it had 42 pieces in it. Good will is starting to not even accept it. Keep it, make something fun with it like chalkboard tray, wind chimes, bird feeder and fountains.

  • Connie Connie on Jan 07, 2019

    Do not, underline that, use the water, baking soda, foil method for any pieces with detail where dark tarnish is meant to be. That soaking method removes all tarnish and will detract from the intended look.

    why not contact an antique dealer and get advice.

  • Chloe Crabtree Chloe Crabtree on Oct 02, 2022

    These are many ways to clean your silver, try one of these:

    No more tarnishing with aluminum

    Boil 4 cups of water, a tablespoon of baking soda, and some aluminum foil. Place silverware in for 10 seconds then remove with kitchen tongs.

    Ketchup isn’t just for eating

    Tarnished silver can be polished with ketchup using a paper towel – for silver that has crevices, use a toothbrush.

    Kill two birds with one stone

    When using Windex to clean your windows, spray some on a rag and use it to scrub your silver.

    Brush your silver with toothpaste

    Use circular motions to brush non-gel and non-abrasive toothpaste onto silver. Leave on for five minutes before washing off with water.

    Use soda for tarnished silver

    Fill a plastic bowl with lemon-lime soda and place slightly tarnished silver in it for one hour. Rinse and dry with a paper towel.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Jul 28, 2023

    You can use any of the above suggestions or Peek metal polish!