How to Polish Silver Plating

Silver-plated flatware, serving platters, jewelry, picture frames and other decorative objects are made with a thin layer of silver on top of a base metal.

Pollish silver plate to keep it lustrous.
As time passes the lustrous sheen will become dull or tarnished due to usage and oxidation and will require polishing. .

Wet a sponge with warm water.

Wipe the silver-plated object to remove any surface dirt or oil.

Dip a clean cloth into the silver polish and apply it in a thin film to the silver plating.

Rub the polish into the silver plating using a polishing cloth made for silver. Be gentle. If you are too rigorous you can remove the thin layer of silver plating.

Wash the silver-plated item if it is to be used for serving food. Use a small amount of mild dish-washing liquid and warm water to remove any excess silver polish.

Things You Will Need

  • Sponge
  • Cloth
  • Polishing cloth for silver
  • Silver polish


  • Do not use abrasive cleansers or polishes on the silver plating. Anything too strong may wear off the thin layer of silver.