How do you clean heavily tarnished antique silver?
- Mix 1/2 cup of white vinegar with 2 tablespoons of baking soda in a bowl of lukewarm water.
- Let the silver soak for two to three hours.
- Rinse with cold water and let airdry.
Should antique silver be polished? The patina on a piece is best judged on a piece that has been properly cleaned. Overpolishing can reduce both the patina and its marketability; while mechanical polishing can reduce the value in a collector’s eye. Silver should shine – always.
How do you polish vintage silver?
- Swab surface with methylated or white spirit to remove grease and dirt – some tarnish may also be removed.
- If tarnish remains, try gently rubbing a silver cloth over the surface – this has mild abrasive particles embedded in it.
- If tarnish still remains, try a mild abrasive paste, cream or foam.
What do antique dealers use to clean silver? First, mix a tablespoon each of baking soda and salt; then add in one-half cup of white vinegar and a cup of boiling water (scaling the volume, of course, to meet the size of your piece). Then, pour this solution in an aluminum foil-lined pan and then submerge your piece in this solution.