How to Clean Burnt Silver

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Things You'll Need

  • Bowl or deep pan

  • Aluminum foil

  • Baking soda

  • Soft cloth

A simple household ingredient can fix burnt silver.
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Discovering a burn on fine silver can be discouraging, especially if you have plans to use it for a dinner party or other joyful event. Ordinary silver polishes are an excellent choice for cleaning and polishing silver, but correcting a burnt piece of silver requires some ingenuity with common household items. In just a few minutes, the burn mark on your silver can be reversed and it will gleam once again.

Step 1

Line a bowl or pan with aluminum foil.

Step 2

Fill the bowl or pan with hot water.

Step 3

Add 2 teaspoons of baking soda. Stir the water and baking soda until it is thoroughly combined.

Step 4

Immerse the burnt silver into the baking soda solution. Allow the silver to stay in the solution for 3 to 5 minutes, depending on the extent of the burn.

Step 5

Rinse the silver with water. Buff with a soft cloth to restore the luster and shine.


Kimberly DeCosta

Kimberly DeCosta is an accomplished equestrian and entrepreneur. She has written for numerous equestrian publications and authored marketing packages for large companies and sports teams.