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How to Clean Silver Plated Candlesticks

Updated February 21, 2017

Silver plated candlesticks are a centrepiece for many dining tables and other areas of the home. They provide a subtle, traditional display. Just like any other silver object, the candlesticks become tarnished and soiled on occasion. You must use a mild cleaning solution that gets all of the build-up off of the candlesticks without harming the silver plating.

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  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Use enough water to submerge the candlesticks and keep the water line at least 3 inches under the top rim of the pot.

  2. Place a large skillet on another burner and line the bottom with a large sheet of aluminium foil, shiny side up.

  3. Place all of the candlesticks into the pan. Make sure they are all touching the foil somewhere.

  4. Pour baking soda into the pot of boiling water. Add 1 cup of baking soda per gallon of water. Stir the water with a large spoon to dissolve the soda.

  5. Slowly pour the water into the large skillet. Add water until the skillet is full and the candlesticks are submerged as much as possible.

  6. Turn the candlesticks with tongs every three minutes so a new area of the candlestick touches the foil. Continue for 15 minutes.

  7. Remove the candlesticks from the water one at a time. Rinse each with hot water and dry with a soft cloth to restore the shine of the silver plating.

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Things You'll Need

  • Large pot
  • Large skillet
  • Aluminium foil
  • Water
  • Baking soda
  • Large spoon
  • Tongs
  • Soft cloth

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Mel Frank

Mel Frank is a professional freelance writer with over 15 years of writing experience. She has completed a wide variety of writing assignments for a number of publications that include CNN and various websites. Frank received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from a prestigious university in Pennsylvania.

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