Honor your Southern grandmother’s silver collection with at least one yearly cleaning. For smaller silver pieces, line a casserole dish with aluminum foil; for larger platters and service pieces, place a sheet of aluminum foil along the bottom of a bathtub or deep sink. Sprinkle the area with baking soda and add the silver pieces, making sure that each piece touches the foil. Pour hot water on top, wait until it cools (up to 5 minutes), and then remove each piece and rub clean with a rag.

Laurey W. Glenn

This 120-year-old company has a cult following of silver polishing products.

Does the silver tea service on your sideboard need a light polish? Or does your grandmother’s long-forgotten silver need a heavy duty, tarnish removing session before your mother arrives? Either way, Hagerty has the right product to help clean your silver. William J. Hagerty created the first silver polish with a tarnish preventative in South Bend, Indiana in 1895. At first he only sold to neighbors and friends and then it was sold via mail orders. His grandsons added other cleaning products to the line in the 1950s. Today Hagerty’s offers over cleaning products for silver, jewelry, and other metals like pewter, brass, copper, and stainless steel. Additionally, the company has a line of storage products for your finest crystal, china, and silver. Here are a few of our favorite silver polishing products from Hagerty’s:

For Deep Cleaning

Silversmiths’ Wash – A multi-purpose silver polish that you should always keep on hand. This is a paste that cleans, polishes, and protects fine silver, silverplate, or gold item that can be immersed in water. Always check your items first. Some wooden handles are too old and porous to handle water. You’ll need to apply the paste directly to your dirty silver, wipe it off with a damp cloth or sponge and then rinse with water. Always buff your silver with a dry cloth after washing to get a warm luster.

Silversmiths’ Silver Polish – In case you have a piece of silver that cannot be rinsed with water, this wash is the product you need. Use it the same as the wash, but omit the rinsing step.

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For Serious Shine

Hagerty’s Silvermiths' Spray Polish – If you’re the ideal Southern hostess type who would never let their silver get dirty, but wants to make your silver service shine blindingly bright, the spray polish is for you. It’s as convenient to use as Windex. Spray on, wipe off, and buff, buff, buff.