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eleny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-07-05 05:22 PM
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Cleaning silver plate with baking soda// General metal cleaning
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Has anyone done this with success? I read a bunch of web pages with recipes for it. The best info I found says to use way more baking soda than most instructions.

I lined a plastic tub with foil, added a small box of baking soda and very hot water. The plate pieces were pretty tarnished so I wasn't expecting miracles. But it did clean off a bunch. This method is recommended because it doesn't remove the silver along with the tarnish.

Some tarnish came off but not all. So I finished the pieces with a cream silver cleaner and they look okay. The underlying metal is showing through and I sort of like it. I'm not a "silver" type person. So the tarnish makes them look old and I like it. The handles on this coffee set are black wood and it all sort of matches.

One more thing. There's an all purpose metal cleaner that I like a lot. It's called Simichrome Polish. I could never find it locally at any hardware. But I got a bunch from an Ebay seller. This stuff is fantastic. It's made in Germany and distributed out of Iowa. It cleans and polishes and I've been using it for decades.
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