There’s every possibility that your unique pieces and everyday jewellery need a good polish. Soaps, lotion, dirt and dust to mention a few, are some of the things that could clog your jewellery settings. They can also make chains, pearls and stones appear lifeless and dull.
However, there’s good news – you don’t have to worry anymore as your precious jewellery can be cleaned at home. The best part is that it is much easier than you could have possibly guessed.
In this article, we’ve explained several ways that you can clean your jewellery without causing any damage to it.
Tips to Clean Silver Jewellery
Tarnished silver can easily be cleaned with silver polish. On the other hand, liquid polish could cause a mess, so it is advisable for you to stick with wipes as a convenient alternative.
You can also clean them with treated clothes with multiple layers. Usually, they have one side which can be used to remove tarnish and clean while the other can be used to shine.
Silver Cleaning Hacks
- Dip a cloth in dish soap solution diluted with warm water. Rub your silver jewellery with the cloth to get rid of the tarnish. Rinse the silver with cold water and dry with another cloth.
- You can use baking soda to remove heavier tarnish by mixing 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water. Use a lint-free cloth to apply the paste after wetting the silver. Ensure the paste enters into the silver’s crevices and twist the cloth, so it picks the tarnish. Rinse thoroughly and buff dry.
- Thanks to the mild abrasives found in toothpaste, you can use it to get rid of tarnish in silver. For good results, dab white toothpaste (don’t use gel) on tarnished silver. Use a soft cloth or your finger to rub the paste gently then rinse with lukewarm water. Finally, use a soft cloth to buff the silver to a shine.
Tips to Clean Gold Jewellery
- As gentle as possible, bathe your gold chains, earrings and bracelets in a solution that contains dish soap and warm water.
- Small jewellery pieces should be put into a strainer right before putting them into a solution. However, large pieces should be soaked in a bowl for 5 minutes.
- Before you take them out, ensure you swish the jewellery around the bowl.
- With a soft toothbrush, remove any dirt in the chain links and crevices of the jewellery. Small pieces should be returned to the strainer as you rinse it thoroughly under running water. Dry with a soft cloth.
Tips to Care for Your Jewellery.
- Always remove your rings anytime you want to wash your hands, clean your house, apply beauty products or lotions, so they’re grime free.
- Avoid swimming with your jewellery as saltwater and chlorine can damage it.
- For pearls, wipe with a soft cloth immediately after wearing them to remove perfume and body oils that turns them yellow.
- Silver becomes dull when it sits in your jewellery box for a long time – so wear it often. When worn, friction reduces tarnishing. Anytime you are not wearing them, store each piece in an anti-tarnish box.
- Get your prized jewellery checked by a trustworthy jeweller to ensure the stones are in perfect condition.