How To Clean Jewellery At Home
How To Clean Jewellery At Home by George Collins
It is always a good idea to clean jewellery regularly to make them last for a long time. This simple step can prolong the life of all kinds of jewellery. For precious jewellery with gemstones, it is suggested to hire jewellery experts to take care of it; but there are many kinds of jewellery that can be cleaned with our home cleaning agents. The following are ways to clean and care for jewellery at home.
How to Properly Care for Your Jewellery
- Remove rings when washing your hands, applying beauty products, cleaning the house, or applying lotions to keep the settings grime-free. And apply perfume before — not after — putting on necklaces, bracelets and earrings.
- Don’t wear jewellery while swimming — chlorine and saltwater can damage it.
- Wipe pearls with a soft cloth after each wear to remove body oils and perfume that can yellow them.
- Don’t let silver sit in your jewellery box — wear it! It becomes shinier the more it’s worn (the friction slows down tarnishing). When you’re not wearing it, store pieces in an anti-tarnish bag.
- Get valuable jewellery checked regularly by a reputable jeweller to make sure the stones are in good shape and the settings are secure.
How to Clean Gold
Give solid gold bracelets, chains and earrings a gentle bath in a solution of a few drops of dish soap and a little warm water. Put small jewellery pieces into a strainer before placing in the solution; large pieces can go directly into the bowl to soak for about five minutes to dislodge dirt. Swish the items around, then take them out, lay them on a soft cloth and go over the crevices and chain links with a extra soft toothbrush to remove the grime trapped there. Return small pieces to the strainer and rinse everything under running water. Buff dry with a soft cloth.
How to Clean Gemstones
It’s easy to restore the sparkle of precious and semi-precious stones, like diamonds, rubies, emeralds and sapphires set in gold. Use the same instructions as the ones above for cleaning gold, but instead of using plain water, mix the dish soap with seltzer water. In Good Housekeeping Institute Cleaning Lab tests, the carbonation helped to loosen soil and remove debris trapped in the settings and on the facets.
Brush stones and settings with a soft toothbrush; then, dip in clear water to rinse or place the pieces in a strainer and rinse under running water. Buff dry and admire the sparkle.
How to Clean Pearls
Because they’re porous, pearls hold on to dust and dirt and easily lose their luster. Whether real, cultured or faux, you must clean them with care. Rule number one: Never soak pearls as doing so can cause the string to weaken and break.
To clean pearls, start by laying the strand on a soft cloth. Dip a clean, small makeup brush into a mixture of warm water and a little mild shampoo. Shake off the excess solution and go over all sides of each pearl. To finish, rinse the pearls with a clean, well-wrung damp cloth. Let the strand dry flat to prevent the string from stretching.
This no-soak treatment also works well for turquoise and opals (which are also porous stones). Special pearl care cleaning kits, like the one below from Town Talk, include tissue sachets of cleaner and a polishing cloth to make cleaning strands of pearls easier and less tedious.
Clean gold and silver jewellery with dishwashing detergent
Mix a few drops of dish liquid with warm water. The ratio of dishwashing detergent and warm water should not exceed 1:3. Dip a soft cloth in the solution and rub the silver to remove the tarnish. Rinse with cool water and buff dry with another soft cloth.
If the jewellery is very dirty, you may soak the jewellery for a few minutes and then brush with a small soft-bristled toothbrush, or prolong the soaking time or leave it overnight, and finally rinse it with warm water. This method is regarded as the safest DIY cleaning method, especially for gold and silver jewellery.
Clean pearls with mild shampoo
To clean pearl jewellery with mild shampoo, wrap the pearl in a piece of cloth and tie it firmly. Fill the bowl with warm water and a little bit of shampoo, put the cloth bag into the bowl, and gently wipe the dirt of the pearls inside. Finally, remove the pearl from the cloth and pat dry with a soft towel.
Use beer to clean gold jewellery
Put the gold jewellery on a bowl, pour in the beer, and after a few minutes of soaking, remove the jewellery and dab it with a dry cloth.
Note: This method may damage gemstones and is not suitable for silver jewellery.
Use banana peels to clean silver jewellery
An ideal way to clean silver jewellery is by using banana peels. Mash the banana peel with some water into a paste, then apply it to the jewellery with a small soft toothbrush or a soft cloth, leave it for a while, rinse it with water, and dry it with a cloth.
Note: This method is very effective for cleaning silverware, but it is not suitable for large silverware.