How to Clean Electroplated Nickel & Silver

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How to Clean Electroplated Nickel & Silver
Clean electroplated nickel and silver carefully, so you don't scratch the silver. (luxury silver tray with elegant silver tea pot image by araraadt from

Electroplated nickel and silver, popularly known as EPNS, is a metal used to make utensils and cutlery. A thin layer of silver coats the EPNS utensils or cutlery. Clean EPNS carefully because the thin silver coating is delicate and tends to scratch easily. EPNS also tarnishes easily. Commercial cleaners are also available to clean EPNS.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Sink
  • Mild dish soap
  • Paper towels or soft towels
  • Aluminium foil
  • Baking soda

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  1. 1

    Plug the sink and fill it with warm water.

  2. 2

    Add mild dish soap and wash the EPNS cutlery or utensils thoroughly.

  3. 3

    Run the EPNS through warm water to wash off the soap residue.

  4. 4

    Take the utensils or cutlery and dry them with paper towels or soft cloth kitchen towels.

  5. 5

    Drain the soapy water from the sink.

  6. 6

    Plug the sink again to remove tarnish from the EPNS utensils or cutlery. Place a sheet of aluminium foil at the bottom of the sink.

  7. 7

    Pour hot water until the sink is half full. Put 1/2 cup of baking soda into the sink and mix with the hot water.

  8. 8

    Place the utensils or cutlery on the submerged aluminium foil. Leave the utensils or cutlery to soak in the sink for 15 minutes to remove the tarnish.

  9. 9

    Remove the EPNS utensils or cutlery and the aluminium foil. Drain the sink again.

  10. 10

    Rinse the EPNS utensils or cutlery thoroughly under the tap. Dry with paper towels or a soft cloth.

Tips and warnings

  • Take care if you want to use commercial cleaners because some products have abrasives that may permanently damage the silver.

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