Asked on Feb 01, 2018

How do you clean silver tea set that is tranish

by Cindy
This is the tea set can you help. How to clean the tarnish tea set thank you for your time Cindy D
  14 answers
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Feb 01, 2018

    plain white toothpaste and a soft cloth

  • Bijous Bijous on Feb 01, 2018


    1. Heavy duty aluminum foil
    2. Line sink with foil, shiny side up
    3. Dissolve 1 cup pickling salt in warm water
    4. Fill sink with hot hot water
    5. Pour in salt
    6. Put in silver and let sit 30 minutes
    7. Rinse
    8. Use silver polish to lightly coat, use soft cloth and rub, rinse and buff to a beautiful shine.

    Going forward, clean with silver polish once a month if exposed to air or as needed if in a glass cabinet.

  • Emily Emily on Feb 01, 2018

    Hi Cindy, that is a lovely tea set. I have a lot of silver (most plated) I use Gorham or Wrights silver polish. There are recommendations to use the foil, baking soda, water . . . cook on the stove for cleaning and while it does work partially, it is messy and uneven cleaning. And you still need to use polish, so I just stick to that. Keep silver covered or in a cabinet for less frequent cleaning. . . or use constantly!

  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Feb 01, 2018

    Plain white toothpaste with nothing added. They are usually called original formula. A soft rag and a toothbrush to get into the intricate areas are all that you need. Rinse with warm water, buff if dry with a soft cloth or towel. Just like any other things, some areas may need redoing. Do not use the aluminum foil/baking soda cleaning hack, over time it takes some of the silver off with it. Your set will be beautiful once it is cleaned up. I have one very similar to yours!

  • Rowgop (Pam) Rowgop (Pam) on Feb 01, 2018

    Tarnished silver is no match for this aluminum foil "recipe." Bring one liter of water, one tablespoon of baking soda, and one piece of aluminum foil to a boil. Drop silverware in the pot for 10 seconds (longer if it's very tarnished), then remove using kitchen tongs.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Feb 01, 2018

    Silver Polish...

  • Kay Marshall Kay Marshall on Feb 01, 2018

    I use Tarnax but will not work on pitted or otherwise damage. Tarnish from just time and use is easily removed with tarnax. The photo looks like regular tarnish and should work nicely. you can find it at k-mart, Walmart and some grocery stores. Good luck.

  • Cindy Cindy on Feb 01, 2018

    Thanks to every body for there help, I will get back to you all when I am done cleaning it . Thanks you all for your time Cindy D

  • Swan Road Designs Swan Road Designs on Feb 04, 2018

    I have a friend who retired from owning a very high-end jewelry store. His store offered professional silver cleaning and they used a cleaner called Maas Metal Cleaner, which can be purchased from Amazon. That's all I'll ever use to clean our silver...and we have tons. It is the easiest cleaner I''ve ever used and restores even the blackest pieces to brand new No smell and no mess.

    Your pieces are most likely too large to use the foil technique and I would not recommend using toothpaste on any silver. Even though it seems harmless, it's still too abrasive for silver.

  • Mar31895609 Mar31895609 on Feb 04, 2018

    The best cleaner and I know from experience is called "Mr Metal cleaner. I promise it will leave it better then new. And after you finish admiring it perhaps you have some gold or silver jewelry laying around . well get to cleaning. Few years back I bought a bracelet at a thrift store. The price was $3.98.

  • Mar31895609 Mar31895609 on Feb 04, 2018

    It was black all I saw was 925 Italy. I fell in love with it and had to have it. After Mr Metal did it's job it is sparkling silver. My niece said it's worth about $90 or more.

  • 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.