I've recently moved to a old house and found some stuff in the attic, along that I found some really beautiful silverware(??) that unfortunately was VERY tarnished, one of the pieces was totally black while some had small places where I could see, in the back of one of them there's a label stating Silver 90.
I googled and found that using a solution of hot water, baking soda, salt, vinegar and strips of aluminium foil would help clean them. I submerged them and after some time I took them out and started to scrub them and the gross black stuff was going out, showing some silver and some yellowish. I them took a sponge and kind got carried away.
The pieces now all have this yellowish stains.
The one that was completely black had no silver-color in any part of it after cleaning, except the bottom, while the rest is all yellow now.
Here's one of the pieces
(the back is a white paper, white-balance is crazy with this piece)
My question is: Is this yellow stain any kind of dirt that wasn't removed in the process, or is this the underlayer of the piece(meaning that the silver is gone in those parts)? And above all, is the method used the best way to remove dirt from silver?