These Are the Best Ways to Clean Your Jewelry
Cleaning of your beloved jewelry can be pretty expensive if you decide to do it professionally in a jewelry store. But, good news – you can do it alone. It’s unlikely, however, that your jewellery will be cleaned to standards as high as those of the professional jewellers with the use of commercial Jewellery tools at their disposal. Here are a few tips on how to clean your gold jewelry that you can actually use in cleaning different types of jewelry pieces. Unlike silver, gold doesn’t tarnish, but it can still easily accumulate dirt and grime over time. If you want to keep your gold jewelry scratch-free, clean and sparkling without any fuss, here are tried and true ways to clean gold jewelry.
1 Find out whether your gold jewelry is lightly or heavily soiled
If your golden jewelry is lightly soiled, wash your jewelry pieces in a solution of warm water and several drops of dish soap. If there’s plenty of debris and gunk built up on your jewelry pieces, try using club soda to bubble off the dirt. Whether your gold jewelry is lightly or heavily soiled, allow it to soak for about 15 minutes before you scrub off the dirt.
2 Use a very soft toothbrush
When scrubbing off the dirt, make sure you use a soft toothbrush. When you buy the toothbrush make sure to look for a label on it that will tell you whether it has soft bristles or firm ones. Usually these kinds of toothbrushes can be found for a cheap price. You don’t have to buy an expensive brush to clean your gold jewelry. If you have a new eyebrow brush that you don’t use, you can use it to clean your gold jewellery as well. Just make a few gentle circles while you’re scrubbing with the eyebrow brush or toothbrush. The soft toothbrush won’t scratch the golden ring or your beloved golden brooch your grandmother gave you.
3 Use ammonia
Since scrubbing with the water and dish soap solution won’t get your jewelry pieces looking radiant, you can brighten them up by using the water and ammonia solution. Mix one part of ammonia with six parts of water and soak your jewelry pieces for a minute before rinsing and drying them. Don’t use ammonia every time you clean gold jewelry because it can darken it.
4 Rinse thoroughly with warm, running water
You can use the eyebrow brush or toothbrush to continue to scrub a little as you’re rinsing every jewelry piece. When rinsing it, inspect each one and see if there is anything stuck between the curves of a certain piece. Give each piece one more scrub, if needed, and then pat it dry with a cotton cloth.
5 Don’t submerge gemstones
When cleaning pieces of jewelry with gemstones, make sure you don’t submerge gemstones. Take a soft cloth and dip it in the water and soap solution. Gently dab the piece clean and rinse thoroughly with warm, running water. Turn the jewelry piece upside down so that any excess water can drain away.
6 Use toothpaste
This may be the most popular way of cleaning your jewelry. Apply a little bit of toothpaste to the toothbrush to clean your gold jewellery. Rinse thoroughly with warm, running water and enjoy your clean jewelry pieces. It’s a cheap way to clean gold jewelry that really works.
7 Boil it
You can remove any build-up of wax and grease by boiling it. Just dip your jewelry pieces in boiling water and the grease and wax will come right off. When any signs of wax and grease are removed, use the soap and water solution or the ammonia and water solution to clean your jewelry as I mentioned above.