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The Best Ways to Clean Jewelry at Home

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Jewelry tends to lose its luster over time, but you can make it shine like new again with proper cleaning. Every piece of jewelry is different, so your best bet would be to take your jewelry to a professional jeweler to have it cleaned. A jeweler will treat your jewelry with the utmost care and use the gentlest cleaning method available. If you still want to freshen up your jewelry’s appearance at home, the following cleaning tips could be helpful.  


Gold Jewelry Cleaning Tips


Gold jewelry becomes dull over time because of the lotions and soaps that you use everyday. To give your gold jewelry a bath, put a few drops of mild dish soap in a small bowl of club soda or sodium-free seltzer water. The carbonation in seltzer water and club soda is good for gold jewelry because it loosens soil and removes debris. Put your gold jewelry in a strainer and then place the strainer in the bowl for a few minutes. Swish the jewelry around in the bowl. Take out the jewelry and use a soft toothbrush to brush its crevices and settings. Put the jewelry in the strainer again and place the strainer under running water to rinse the jewelry off. Dry the jewelry with a soft cloth.


You can also soak your gold jewelry in a bowl of warm water with some dish soap for about 15 minutes. Use a soft bristle toothbrush to scrub grime off of the jewelry. Never use a stiff brush or scouring pad to scrub your jewelry because you could scratch it. Rinse the jewelry off really well in a bowl of warm water and dry it off with a soft cloth. Never use an abrasive cloth to dry off your jewelry.


More Tips for Cleaning Gold and Silver Jewelry


To brighten up gold and silver jewelry, soak it in a solution of ½ cup clear ammonia and one cup of warm water. Gently wipe the jewelry with a soft cloth and then let it air-dry. Avoid using ammonia on any jewelry with pearls because it could damage the surface of the pearl.


Remove built-up tarnish on silver jewelry by making a paste with ¼ cup of baking soda and two tablespoons of water. Rub the paste onto silver jewelry with a damp sponge, rinse it off with water, and then buff it dry. To polish gold jewelry with baking soda, cover it with a light coating of baking soda, pour vinegar on it, and then rinse it clean.


Clean Jewelry with Aluminum Foil


You can also clean metal jewelry by lining a bowl with aluminum foil, filling the bowl with hot water, and mixing in a tablespoon of bleach-free laundry detergent. Let the jewelry soak in the solution for one minute. Rinse the jewelry off well and let it air-dry. The chemical reaction that occurs when you clean jewelry with aluminum foil is known as ion exchange.


How to Freshen Up Pearls


Clean pearls by dipping a small makeup brush into a solution of shampoo and warm water and then brushing each pearl with it. Rinse the pearls with a clean, damp cloth. You should not soak pearls to clean them because they are very porous.


To make cleaning your jewelry easier in the future, remove your rings when washing your hands and applying lotion. After you are done wearing your jewelry, wipe body oil and perfume off of it using a soft cloth. You should also take your jewelry off before going into a swimming pool or taking a shower.


IMG Jewelers is a Cleveland jewelry store that offers beautiful jewelry for all occasions. Visit our Lyndhurst showroom today! 



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