When it comes to making sure that your jewelry always looks good, you’ll need a consistent cleaning plan. As you start to do some research on how to clean your jewelry properly, you’ll come to discover that each different metal and stone will need its own method of cleaning. There’s no one solution that will properly clean and maintain all of your different types of jewelry.
One of the most popular materials for everything from necklaces to earrings is gold. When most of us hear the word gold, we picture that traditional shiny, yellow metal. However, gold is available in different colors, including white, rose, and chocolate. Regardless of the color of your gold, you should be cleaning all of your gold items in the same way.
You’ll need some mild dish soap for this cleaning method. Simply mix a small dab of mild dish soap with warm water. Avoid using boiling or very hot water in the mixture. Go ahead and drop your gold items into the warm soapy mixture and let them sit for about 30 minutes. In the meantime, you’ll want to get your soft-bristled toothbrush ready.
There are many different types of brushes that you can use to clean your gold items. One of the cheapest is a small travel toothbrush. Just makes sure that it has soft-bristles on it to avoid scratching the gold material. Pay particular attention around areas where a stone is mounted to the gold as much debris can pile up in these areas.
Another popular metal used for the production of bracelets, earrings, pendants, and necklaces is silver. This unique material tends to tarnish over time. Think back to silver flatware and how polishing it was a regular household task. Cleaning silver necklaces should be thought of in the same way.
You’ll need to obtain a polishing cloth from your local store or online. Most clothes will come with two sides. One will be designated for removing the dirt and tarnish build-up. The other side will be for polishing the silver material. You’ll start with the side designated for dirt removal and use small, rapid circle motions to remove all of the tarnish off of the item. Then, use the small pattern with the other side to polish up the look of your silver piece.
Sometimes these polishing cloths just aren’t enough. If your silver piece has been tarnished for a long time, it can be hard to remove it. When blackened accents appear, you’re likely going to need to use a foaming cleanser. You can find these at your local store or online. When using this foaming cleanser, it’s important that it doesn’t come into contact with any gemstones. You’ll scrub the silver piece with this foaming cleanser and rinse it off with warm water.
Some Common Cleaning Misconceptions
As we share some of our best tips for keeping your necklaces and bracelets nice and shiny, we also want to touch on some common misconceptions. Unfortunately, many people fall into the category of believing that certain household products can be safely used to clean their pieces. However, some household items can actually damage your pieces for good.
Toothpaste is one of the most commonly recommended products on blogs across the internet to clean gold and other metal pieces. The truth is that toothpaste is a mild abrasive that is often suggested to be used as a wet sanding product. Toothpaste actually has a harness rating similar to that of gold metal. This means that it will scratch the gold material. You never want to subject your pieces to toothpaste as it could result in unwanted surface scratches.
Bleach is another product that is commonly recommended. You should never be using this on your metal pieces. Bleach is a caustic substance that will break down the alloys in your metal. This results in pitting of gold. And, bleach can actually change the color of some silver pieces.
The last misconception that we’re going to go over we already touched on above. You should never be using boiling or extremely hot water to clean your pieces. While this may seem like a good way to cleanse your items, it actually causes a significant amount of damage to gemstones. It’s best to leave any sort of boiling up to the professionals.