Everyone who owns jewellery eventually has to clean it or the jewellery darkens and becomes quite nasty looking. Cleaning jewellery by yourself at home is not a hard task, especially if you follow the best tips for that.
Before you start cleaning anything, check the jewellery. Any loose stones or parts might fall while cleaning them. You don’t want to lose a bracelet charm or a precious stone just because you haven’t checked over, do you? Check for any cracks in the metal, for broken areas or dimples. Further cleaning can only damage the jewellery.
Next, take a few clean cotton cloths, especially if you will be cleaning a few pieces at a time. Any left sediment on the cloth can scratch or stain the other pieces, so be careful.
If you have plenty of expensive and precious jewellery, heirlooms and antiques, you may have to buy special products for cleaning N8 those. There are specific solutions for gold and silver dip, which ensure perfect results and no risk for damage. Keep in mind that some of the commercial cleaners leave a film on the surface of jewellery which is bad for some finishes, such as oxidized metals for instance. The best way to clean jewellery is in the bathroom where the light is plenty, in a bowl full of water and soap. You should also use baking soda or salt. Use an old soft toothbrush and towels. Make sure you close the sink’s drain just in case.
Never use bleach for cleaning jewellery pieces because the strong oxidant will reach with the metal and make it more fragile, thus increasing the risk for breakage. Other products to avoid using include acetone, alcohol, chlorine, ammonia and turpentine.
When you are cleaning silver and gold jewellery, put them in a bowl full of warm soapy water and wait for a few minutes. The stubborn dirt needs a few minutes to dissolve and then it will be easier to scrub the rest with a soft toothbrush. After washing rinse the pieces in cold water and dry them in a cotton cloth.
If you have to clean handmade jewellery (made of brass or copper for example), be extra careful. These finishes are more prone to tarnish, but there are commercial cleaners made specifically for them. There are household products that you can use if you don’t have a special product – vinegar, lemon juice or ketchup will do the trick.
Most precious stones in jewellery can also be cleaned in soapy water, but be careful with the toothbrush as it could scratch the fragile ones. Diamonds can be cleaned and polished with toothpaste. Use mild soapy water for cleaning pearls and dry them fully before storing away.
One of the ways to have great looking jewellery is to keep it clean while wearing it. The jewellery shouldn’t be exposed to direct sunlight, chlorine or household chemicals. Store jewellery in sealed jewellery boxes or plastic bags, ideally somewhere cool. Keep the jewellery pieces separated, so they don’t get tangled up or scratch one another.
These great tips for keeping jewellery clean and cleaning it properly will ensure the longer life of your pieces, whether they are silver, gold, precious stones or semi-precious stones. Jewellery gets dirty quicker than you think, so make sure you don’t forget to treat it will at least once a year.