Vintage Tips – You Can Restore the Shine to your Silver-plated Treasures

Got another cleaning tip for you this week!  If you have a silver-plated dish, platter or goblet that has lost its sheen, I have a product you may want to try.

This is the before shot of a silver-plated goblet I picked up at a local thrift store. I thought it could be cleaned with silver cleaner but, unfortunately, the silver-plate had simply worn off – this was as good as it was going to get. The red you see in the photo is the base metal.

The silver plate was worn off of this goblet.

I found a product that will return the silver sheen – it’s called Alexander Hamilton House Silver Secret.

plater

Months ago I found this product online and haven’t been able find anything else about it except what’s on their website. I decided to give it a try on some silver plated cutlery that had some of the silver worn off.  Well, my expectations were a bit unrealistic because, as it clearly states on the website, it is not a filler.  Although the silver adhered to the cutlery, the surface was not smooth. For this project, however, it looked like the silver-plate had just worn off so the results were much better.

replating

With gloves on, I am re-plating the goblets with a cloth that was dipped into the plater. Since the liquid has silver in it, you’ll want to wear gloves and protect the surface you are working on. I used parchment paper on the counter.

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Here are three shiny goblets ready to be used as vases!

Consider trying Alexander Hamilton House Silver Secret if you have silver-plated items that need a bit spiffing up. From my experience, it works much better when there are no surface pits or scratches. Please note that I am not endorsing this product for any gain – I just happened to use it and thought others might want to know about it as well. If you have any experience with this product, please share in the comment section!

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