I haven't talked to anyone who likes to clean silver, although I am sure there are some folks out there who do.
I want to clean it with as little effort as possible. This excludes sand & salt and "silver pastes."
I want it to be easy. Here are two ways to go.
1. Tarn-X; or Noxon. Buy this at the grocery store, a hardware store, a home improvement store, etc.
Nine quarts fills my pot with some room to slop around. To this, I add about 1 1/4 c baking soda and 1 1/4 c salt.
Silver is a wonderful conductor of heat! Use tongs with nylon/silicone tips to lift stuff out.
Remove ALL wax and "candle clay" from the "cups" of your candlesticks. If you don't, when it melts you'll have wax/goo all over everything else. (Ask how I found this out.) Do candlesticks last. These days, I do the "cup" parts of the candelabras with Tarn-X and the stem/base with the baking soda solution, just to make certain there are no bits of wax/clay lurking. Tighten candles in "cups" with 1/8"-wide strips of paper towels, wrapping one or two (or more!) strips around base of candle to make it stand straight.
I do the tray of my tea service with Tarn-X because it is too large for my chili pot and kitchen sink, and I don't want to use my bathtub (tote multiple containers of boiling water to bathroom). I do the rest of the tea service with the baking soda bath.
Be careful with silver-plated items (they will be marked "silver-plated," "plated," or something like this. Pure silver is marked "sterling." In silver-plated items, the layer of silver is quite thin. If your pieces remain "tarnished" and they are not marked "sterling," you will have to have the pieces re-plated. The silver is gone. Sorry.
No matter which method you select, have plenty of tea towels on hand for drying! Any left-over water will show later as streaks and circles.
Always finish with hand lotion. Your hands will be very dry. You also could try rubber gloves (and I have done this), but I like the control that I have with bare hands because I don't want to drop anything and dent it.