Tips on how to clean jewelry
Every jewelry owner should know how to clean jewelry by themselves in order to avoid certain inconveniences. These include tarnishing, losing its shine and so on. There are numerous solutions that can be bought online, but you do not have to go that way. If you prefer to use more natural solutions, then you probably already have the needed ingredients somewhere in your household. Yes, there are numerous natural ways for jewelry cleaning. Read through this post and learn how to clean jewelry in a safe manner.
One of the most efficient ways is using baking soda. For starters, you need to put some aluminum foil in a bowl. Place your jewelry on the foil. Take one teaspoon of baking soda and put it in the bowl. You can also add a bit of dishwashing liquid. Pour some boiling water in the bowl, but pour it slowly and gradually. Each piece needs to be covered with this mixture, to be sure mix it a bit with your spoon and let it rest for half an hour. After that, you should see that the tarnishing will slowly disappear and all the dirt and grime will simply fall off the jewelry. Take an old toothbrush and apply it to all the small nooks, that probably still contain some gunk. Take your time and be very gentle when brushing around the stones. You’re nearly done – rinse your jewelry, dry it with a gentle cloth (the one used for cleaning glasses is perfect!) and let it dry some more.
If you have a jeweler nearby you could bring your pieces to them. Goldsmiths regularly use an ultrasonic device to clean their newly created pieces. The machine is filled with a bit of cleaning agent and water. The latter is heated to around 60 °C. Items are then lowered in the machine, which uses powerful soundwaves that penetrate into crevices and remove dirt. Depending on the quality of the machine, it removes from about 83% of dirt and in some cases even up to 99%. Should you decide to use this option, do ask the goldsmith about his tips on how to clean jewelry, he will surely give you some solid advice.
Whatever you do to clean your pieces, avoid harsh chemicals at all costs! Don’t scrub too much! If you have plated jewelry, you could take the layer of plating off. When in doubt, contact your goldsmith and let him take care of the cleaning. Your jewelry will be grateful and will shine just like it used to.