You don't have to be born with a silver spoon in your mouth to appreciate the elegance of polished silver—and with a little elbow grease,yours can be spiffed and sparkling in no time.
You Will Need
A sink or a basin of warm water
A soft, clean cloth
Non-abrasive silver cleaning paste
An old, natural-bristle toothbrush
STEP 1 Read directions
Read the silver cleaner's packaging and follow those directions if they vary from these.
STEP 2 Rinse silver
Rinse the silver item in warm water.
STEP 3 Spread paste
Put a dab of silver cleaning paste onto a soft cloth and spread it over the surface of the item.
If the item is large, polish it in sections.
STEP 4 Don't overpolish
Rub the silver just until tarnish disappears—don't overpolish or you'll remove the item's finish.
Clean the hard-to-reach places with an old natural-bristle toothbrush and a little cleaning paste.
STEP 5 Rinse silver again
Rinse the silver in warm water again.
STEP 6 Dry item
Dry your shiny silver item thoroughly with a clean, soft cloth.
Silver is the best electrical conductor of all metals—and tarnish does not affect its performance.