How to clean silver-plated trays

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How to clean silver-plated trays
Silver should be cared for regularly to avoid tarnishing. (silver still life image by araraadt from

Silver-plated trays only require a light cleaning to prevent tarnish and restore lustre. Silver-plated items are made with a base metal and coated with either pure or sterling silver and won't generally last as long as real silver items but will look just as beautiful as real silver when properly cleaned and maintained.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Ammonia
  • Fine whiting (calcium carbonate)
  • Mild dish detergent
  • 3 to 4 soft cloths

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  1. 1

    Fill a basin with hot water and a small amount of dish soap. Soak the tray for a few minutes in the soapy water.

  2. 2

    Wash the tray with a soft cloth and rinse well. Dry with another cloth.

  3. 3

    Mix a paste with three parts whiting and one part ammonia. Apply this to the tray with a clean cloth. Wipe in straight strokes, never in a circular motion. Do this over the entire tray until it's shiny and lustrous.

  4. 4

    Wash the tray again with hot soapy water and rinse well. Dry well with a clean cloth.

Tips and warnings

  • Fine whiting is calcium carbonate, ground and cleaned. It can be purchased at most hardware stores.
  • Do not use steel wool to clean silver-plated items. It will scratch the finish.
  • Washing silver too often may cause corrosion.

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