Your jewellery items won’t always sparkle & dazzle. Like all metals, with time you’ll see your expensive jewellery getting dull. It is natural.
And if you thought getting it professionally cleaned, then it is the only solution you’ve, not really. Many people are not aware that they can also clean their gold and silver jewellery at home.
How to Clean Gold Jewellery:
- Dishwashing Liquid:
The simple dishwashing liquid could be a powerful answer for the question how to clean gold Jewellery items.
You can put a few drops of the detergent in a bowl of lukewarm water & can soak the gold in the solution for fifteen minutes.
After that, using a toothbrush gently brush the edges & crevices of the item. After the wash, run the jewellery in warm water and wipe it off with a soft cloth.
Warning: If you’re washing a gold-plated item, make sure you don’t rub too much. The entire layer might be wiped off.
You can use a small amount and again use a toothbrush to get into the crevices & edges of the ring.
Mild, abrasive toothpaste is a good option for loosening the dirt and grime in the items. You’ve to rinse it thoroughly with warm water.
A solution of ammonia mixed with a cup of warm water would brighten up gold jewellery in few minutes. Wash off after a while and blot it off with a soft cloth.
Warning: Don’t use ammonia with items which have pearls attached. It can damage the surface of the pearls.
- Salt Bath:
This is one of the good ways to clean silver jewellery. You can simply mix some hot water & some salt & submerge your silver items in them.
The salt bath will take away the tarnish very easily & make your silver look as good as new.
- Silver Polish:
Sometimes a deeper tarnish won’t be removed by a simple salt water bath. You have to purchase a silver polish as it can remove the toughest of stains.
These are specially formulated polishes. They’re the safest option for dealing with antique and vintage jewellery.
You can rub the item with some polish and gently wipe it. Don’t scrub the piece as it can be abrasive. Later you can rinse it under cool running water.
- Aluminium foil:
Aluminium foil can do wonders for silver jewellery. You can use aluminium foil to clean your tarnished silver jewellery and it is similar to the way you could clean your silverware.
The method is too simple. You’ve to line a tray with a piece of crumpled aluminium foil and can place the silver jewellery on the foil.
Then you can use some baking soda and sprinkle it as a layer over the jewellery. Now, you can pour boiling water over it. Then the tarnish will transfer from the jewellery to the foil.
You’ve to do this a number of times and also flip or move the jewellery around. In this way, all sides come in contact with the foil.
Once all the sides are done, you can remove the silver jewellery & rinse them all with water.
Hazards to Avoid:
- Soap – Steer clear of any soap with unknown ingredients.
- Basic blue Dawn dish soap is fine. But remove your gold jewellery before showering to avoid accumulating a film from other body washes.
- Chlorine – Chlorine, especially at high temperatures like in a hot tub, will permanently damage or discolour your gold jewellery.
- When cleaning with chlorine bleach remember to remove it.
Gold Jewellery with Colored Gemstones:
Due to the characteristics of many colored gemstones, we advise you asking your jeweller about the safest at-home cleaning method for any pieces with stones other than pure diamonds.
Many natural gemstones are treated or improved after extraction. If you need a quick polish, then give your piece a quick dip in the soap and water mixture.
This method is safe for almost all colored stone jewellery.
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