What's the best way to clean a silver tea service set?

The set has intricate designs on the pieces.

  7 answers
  • Linda Sikut Linda Sikut on Aug 14, 2017
    Hi Jeanette,

    I wish I had known this when I used to have to clean silver for my grandmother!

    Good luck!

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Aug 14, 2017
    white plain toothpaste

  • Robyn Garner Robyn Garner on Aug 14, 2017
    My Mom taught me that leaving some of the patina in place "advertises" that the silver is real. My favorite cleaner is Wright's Silver Clean. Begin by washing the tea set in warm soapy water. I always use Dawn as it removes all grease, etc.

    Now begin with one piece at a time. Use the Wright's as directed, applying with the enclosed sponge. I use paper towels or a soft cloth for cleaning, not the sponge as it will turn black!

    IF you choose to remove all the tarnish, use a soft toothbrush, Q-Tips or similar to get into the intricate pattern. Wash again with warm soapy water to get a good look at your results. Continue until you get piece as clean as you prefer. Buff with a soft white cloth.

    Note: Here are storage tips to keep down tarnishing:
    Toss in those little packets of desiccant that come with new shoes or leather items. The packets wick away moisture and keep silver from tarnishing. Works for silverware and silver serving pieces.

  • Sunny C Sunny C on Aug 14, 2017
    Hello Jeannette; Is the set Sterling or plate?? Thank-You!

  • Joye R. Foster Joye R. Foster on Aug 14, 2017
    Okay, uUse tarnix (sp) followed by Wright Silver Cleaner. Use a very soft tooth brush to do the intricate parts with the Wright polish. You may need to rinse in hot water to get all the polish off. Put another coat of wright on the smooth surface and polish. A lot of black will come off and it will have a deep shine. By the way, put a small block of canphor in your closed hutch. This really slows future tarnish,

  • Emily Emily on Aug 14, 2017
    I love silver and have a lot of it, both flatware and hollow ware. I clean it with Wrights or some other silver polish like that. It takes elbow grease but it is worth it. Keep air from getting at it if you want it to stay shiny though!

  • Sandra Sandra on Jan 10, 2021