Cleaning a Burned Sterling Silver Teapot

Tea served in a sterling silver teapot makes a tea break seem more special. Sterling silver is a soft silver, often made up of 92.5 per cent silver and 7.5 per cent copper. Because of the softness of the metal, sterling silver is easily damaged. If you've left your sterling silver teapot on to boil for too long and it ended up boiling dry, you will have a burnt area to remove. While burns on your sterling silver teapot can be difficult to remove, they are removable using supplies from home.

Remove mild burn stains on your sterling silver teapot with white toothpaste. Apply the white toothpaste to an old soft-bristled toothbrush dampened with plain water, and scrub the burn stains. Rinse the toothbrush off as it lifts the burn stains, and add more toothpaste so you can continue to polish.

Create a soaking solution for more serious burns on your sterling silver teapot. Use this solution after removing some of the burn stains with the white toothpaste.

Line the bottom of your baking pan with enough aluminium foil to completely cover the bottom. Add water to your baking pan until it's filled three-quarters of the way. Mix in one tsp each of baking soda and table salt.

Bring the salt, baking soda and water mixture to a boil. Turn off the heat under the baking pan, and place your burnt sterling silver teapot in the baking pan with the burnt area submerged in the solution. Allow your sterling silver teapot to soak in the cleaning solution until the water is completely cooled.

Remove your sterling silver teapot from the cleaning solution, and rinse it off with plain water. Buff it dry with a clean, soft cloth.


Make sure your teapot is filled with water before boiling, and set a timer so you don't forget that it's on the stove.

Things You'll Need

  • White toothpaste
  • Old toothbrush
  • Baking pan
  • Aluminium foil
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp table salt
  • Clean cloth
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Mary Ylisela is a former teacher with a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and mathematics. She has been a writer since 1996, specializing in business, fitness and education. Prior to teaching, Ylisela worked as a certified fitness instructor and a small-business owner.