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Polishing your silver can seem like a daunting task, but it can be surprisingly easy to do with the right products. Most of the cleaners available these days are extremely powerful and remove tarnish in minutes without much of a fuss. Plus, they leave a protective film behind that ensures that you likely will only have to undertake the task a few times a year.
Here are the best silver polishes for a blemish-free shine.
Best Overall: Goddard’s Silver Polish Foam
Foam polish is especially useful in the case of elaborate pieces such as candlesticks or silver bells, since it clings to the surface without dripping. Goddard’s Silver Polish Foam comes with a soft, circular sponge applicator inside of the jar that gently works the fluffy, lightweight paste into a lather when a bit of water is added.
The paste is easily manipulated and quickly foams away tarnish, discoloration, and rust without the need for much elbow grease. It also leaves behind a protective barrier that prevents degradation in the long-term.
Goddard’s polish is kosher-certified, so feel free to use it on all of your serving pieces as well as your jewelry and decor. The jar holds 18 ounces of product, so you should be able to restore all of your silverware and still have plenty left over for years to come.
Best All-Purpose: Weiman Silver Polish and Cleaner
Because Weiman’s Silver Polish and Cleaner works on a range of materials—from gold and copper to gemstones and platinum—it’s a great choice if you have a wide variety of valuables. All you need is a soft cloth to apply the watery substance to your silver.
You only need to use enough to lightly dampen the cloth, so the 8-ounce bottle should last for quite a while. It’s ammonia-free, so it is delicate and doesn’t have a strong odor. Like many of the others on this list, the formula leaves a protective film against future tarnish or scratches; however, it does seem to last a bit longer than some of the others, so it’s a great choice for silver that is used a lot.
Best for Jewelry: Simple Shine Complete Jewelry Cleaning Kit
Because our jewelry is always rubbing against our skin, sweat, skin oils, lotion, and perfume combined with the metal's surface will cause it to tarnish over time. Like the Hagerty Flatware Silver Dip, the Simple Shine Complete Jewelry Cleaning Kit comes with a basket so that you can submerge your jewelry in the product for two minutes, then pull it right out without getting it all over your hands. The solution is biodegradable, so it doesn’t utilize any harsh ingredients. It can be used on gold, palladium, platinum, sterling silver, stainless steel, gemstones, diamonds, and plenty of other materials that most other solutions don’t work on.
The kit comes with a double-sided cloth that you can use to rub away any lingering tarnish and buff out the silver when it’s dry for extra shine. You’ll also find a tiny brush that is helpful for getting into any nooks and crannies that the solution missed.
Best for Silverware: W. J. Hagerty Hagerty Flatware Silver Dip
This product’s one and only purpose is for cleaning silverware, so it is really good at it. The tube is about 9 inches tall and 3 inches wide, so it is the perfect size to fit a fork or two. It may sound tedious to not be able to dip your whole set at once, but the process is fast enough that you’ll be able to refresh every single piece in just a few minutes.
All you have to do is slip the flatware into the tube, leave it for ten seconds, pull out the basket, run it under the sink, then dry and buff it with a soft cloth. It’s so easy and convenient that you won’t even mind the strong odor emanating out of the jar. One of the biggest perks, though, is that the solution never leaves its container, so you’ll be able to reuse it again and again for years to come.
Best Cream: Wright's Silver Cleaner and Polish Cream
Because cream polish is a thicker, less runny material, it's a good choice for more complex silver pieces. Wright’s Silver Cleaner can easily be worked into tight crevices so that they shine just as brightly as the rest of the piece. Just rub it all over the silver using the enclosed sponge or a clean cloth, then use a soft-bristle brush for all of the detail work or tough tarnish spots.
The cleaner is kosher-approved, creates a scratch-resistant barrier, and will prevent your silver from tarnishing in the future. It’s also ammonia-free, so it won’t stink up the room when you open up the jar.
Even if you don’t have enough silver to warrant an 8-ounce jar of cleaner, you’ll probably use up the whole thing because it’s effective on a wide range of other common kitchen materials, from stainless steel and chrome to porcelain and pewter.
Best Wipes: Carbona Silver Wipes
Carbona Silver Wipes are a very convenient option for those who don't own enough silver to warrant a whole kit. They’re surprisingly effective considering how easy they are to use—all you have to do is rub the wipe all over the piece, then rinse off the residue in the sink. And they don’t just remove tarnish; they’ll actually prevent your silver from tarnishing in the future, so you probably won’t need to pull the pack out again for quite a bit.
Each of the 12 pre-moistened wipes are about the size of half a sheet of paper, so you should be able to use one wipe for a few pieces. They’re also effective on brass, copper, and gold, so they’re worth the purchase even if you don’t have an extensive silver collection. As an added bonus, the ingredients list is surprisingly short, so the wipes don’t have the harsh smells that many of the other products on this list have.
Best Cloth: Connoisseurs Ultrasoft Silver Jewelry Polishing Cloth
The Connoisseurs UltraSoft Silver Jewelry Polishing Cloth is the only product on this list that doesn’t rely on liquid to get the job done, so it’s a great tool for cleaning watches or other items that can’t get wet. Technically, this product is two cloths with different textures sewn together on one side: The light-purple fabric is for cleaning while the darker-purple, softer-looking fabric is for polish. The polishing side is infused with an odorless formula that will prevent your silver from tarnishing in the future.
Although it’s specifically designed for jewelry, this cloth can be used on all of your other silver or silver-plated items. Slightly bigger than a piece of paper, the cloth is large enough to handle bigger projects such as silver platters or tea sets. Perhaps the only drawback of this product is that you can’t clean the cloth itself or you’ll wash out the cleaning solution. Still, it will remain effective no matter how dirty it looks!
Best Brush: Simple Shine Horsehair Silver Brush Set
Brushes are an important tool for cleaning and polishing silver as they can provide a thorough scrubbing without scratching the delicate surface. This pair of brushes is made of horsehair, which is the only bristle soft enough to not damage the silver. The wooden handles are comfortable and are long enough to reach even the parts of the items that sponges or cloths can’t.
The detail brush's bristles are 0.5 inches tall and are skinny enough that you can really scrub in those nooks and crannies. The all-purpose brush's bristles are a bit taller and more substantial, so you can clean the rest of the piece without having to commit hours to doing so. They’re best paired with a cream or foam, but they can still be helpful for buffing out problem areas when you’re done wiping it down with a liquid polish.
Our top choice is Goddard’s Silver Polish Foam (view at Bed Bath & Beyond) because of its rich lather that clings to the surface of silver and the soft, easy-to-manipulate sponge that is included in the jar. Weiman’s Silver Polish and Cleaner (view at Walmart) is a close runner-up because of its long-lasting protection as well as the fact that it works well on a wide variety of materials.
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