Were you excited to wear your gold jewelry at the upcoming family dinner but just found that it looks worn and robbed of the gleam and sparkle? Luckily, you don’t need to rush to your professional jeweler to get it cleaned. Here, we will discuss cleaning the gold jewelry of all the dirt and dust at home. Till then, sit back and read till the end.
Way to clean gold jewelry at home:
If you don’t have the time to visit the jeweler or want to get your gold jewelry cleaned by using harsh chemicals, you are at the right spot! Below are a few home tactics that can work wonders to make your jewelry again sparkle with shine.
Things you need:
- A dishwashing liquid
- A bowl of warm water
- A Toothbrush
- Clean towel/ cloth
- Ammonia (optional )
DIFFERENT WAYS OF CLEANING GOLD JEWELRY AT HOME:
Since these are the essential everyday use items, grab them and follow either of the three ways according to your jewelry type.
METHOD 1: Normal Gold Jewelry
- Adding liquid to water
First, you need to take a bowl, fill it with water, heat it, but don’t boil. Let it cool for 1 to 2 min. Add 2 to 3 drops of a mild dishwashing liquid.
- Soak the Jewelry
After that, take your jewelry and put it in the Luke warm water for about 15 to 20 minutes. It will help loosen up the dust particles, which are hard to remove, or those too inside to reach.
- Scrubbing the jewelry with a toothbrush
Now, take your jewelry articles out one by one, and place them on a clean piece of cloth. Pick up one item and start scrubbing. Remember to use only those brushes that have soft bristles. If the bristles are sharp and stiff, there are chances you can scratch your jewelry. Pay attention to all the ends and cervices. If it is not cleaning, use your eyebrow brush with relatively tiny bristles. In this way, one by one, clean all the jewelry.
- Rinsing against Lukewarm water
All the dirt will have become significantly loose until now. Wash all the jewelry items with Lukewarm water to get the lingering dirt off the gold. Again, be careful not to wash with boiling water.
- Drying the jewelry
All done. Now just put your jewelry on a towel or water-soaking cloth, and wait for it to dry so that you can rock by wearing it.
METHOD 2: For Jewelry containing Gemstones
Are you thinking of how to clean gold jewelry containing glued gemstones? If your earnings or any other piece of jewelry includes gems that are set using adhesive glue, no matter how strong, never wash it with warm water and rub with bristles, as it can loosen up the gemstones, causing them to fall out. For this type of jewelry, below is an entirely different cleaning procedure.
- Wipe with a wet cloth
Since we can’t submerge or soak the article completely in warm water, take a towel or cloth soak it in warm water containing the dishwashing liquid. Gently scrub the jewelry with this cloth. Continue doing so for 10 to 15 minutes so that the dirt can be loosened.
- Rinsing with Plain cloth
Since you see that the dirt has started to pull off, stop rubbing with the soapy cloth. Instead, take a clean piece of fabric, dip it in warm water and clean the article with it until no dirt particle remains.
- Lay the jewelry upside down
Now you must be thinking, “what is the logic behind placing it in an upside-down direction?” Well, by laying in that direction, it can be ensured that all the extra water and moisture is not absorbed in the jewelry. Instead, it falls out.
METHOD 3: With Ammonia
Yet another way to clean your jewelry is with ammonia. But it can’t be used more frequently. It is used for the deep clean purpose. Ammonia is a powerful cleaner when used occasionally. Frequent use can cause strains and scratches.
- Ammonia and water
Take ammonia and water in the proportion of 1:6. Gently mix it to get an even mixture.
- Soaking process
Take your jewelry items, and pour them with a strainer into the mixture. Don’t soak it for more than one minute because ammonia is a strong base and highly corrosive.
- Rinse with water
Just like all other procedures, rinse it also against Luke warm water, and allow the jewelry to dry.
Method 4: Boiling Water
Cleaning jewelry embedded with stones can be a difficult task, but if the jewelry is made of pure gold only with no gems, you are lucky enough when it comes to cleaning. Heavily soiled gold jewelry can be cleaned by using only boiling water.
- Boiling the water
First of all, take enough water to submerge the jewelry in a pan and start to boil it.
- Placing the jewelry
While waiting for the water to start boiling, take a metal or pyrex bowl that will not be damaged from hot, boiling water. Place your jewelry in it.
- Pouring water
Once the water has begun to boil, slowly add water to the bowl containing jewelry. Keep on adding water until the jewelry is completely submerged in it.
- Wait for the dirt to loosen up
Now, wait for 10 to 20 minutes for the dirt particles to loosen up. The water will start to look dirty. Then one by one, take the jewelry piece out and scrub it with a small brush.
- Drying with a towel
Last comes the drying step. Dab the jewelry with a soft towel to make it dry, and allow it to sit and dry completely.
Method 5: Using Baking Soda
Cleaning your gold jewelry with baking soda can be difficult and requires more of your attention. For this, you need salt, baking soda, aluminium foil, hot water, and a towel.
- Mixture ready
Take a bowl, cover it with aluminium foil and add a small amount of baking soda and salt iN it.
- Heating water
Heat the water in the microwave or stove until lukewarm. Then add the water to the bowl covered with aluminum foil.
Soak the jewelry in the mixture for about 7 to 10 minutes. Avoid soaking for more time as it can damage the gold.
Take the jewelry out, and scrub it against the toothbrush until it seems to be completely clean.
- Rinse in water
After this, again soak the jewelry in warm water, and then dry it with a clean cloth.
Method 6: Soapnuts
Another way to clean your gold jewelry is by using soapnuts. Yes, they can clean not only gold but also silver jewelry. All you need is some soapnuts, warm water, and a toothbrush.
Take some soapnuts and place them in lukewarm water. Wait until the liquid becomes soapy.
- Submerge the jewelry
Extract the soapy liquid from the water in a separate bowl, and add your gold jewelry to it. Let it remain submerged for 5 to 10 minutes.
- Scrubbing and drying
Scrub the jewelry with a toothbrush, and clean it with a dry cloth.
How often should the gold jewelry be cleaned?
It is advised to get the gleam and sparkle of gold jewelry alive, and it should be cleaned every 2 to 3 weeks. However, repolish or ammonia cleaning should be done every few months, not weeks, because they include corrosive chemicals that can wear away the gold.
Dos and Don’ts:
Before starting the cleaning procedure at home, have a look at the few dos and don’ts of cleaning gold jewelry:
- Always soak the jewelry before and after the process in water.
- Buy a new cloth and toothbrush for cleaning purposes
- Always seek advice from professionals while dealing with precious gemstones like turquoise, which are porous
- Confirm that the washing liquid is mild in nature
- Never use a brush with long stiff bristles. Always go for a baby size small toothbrush.
- Don’t clean more than once every seven days or ten days.
- Never use boiling water, mainly if your jewelry contains gemstones of any kind.
HOW TO TAKE PROPER CARE OF GOLD JEWELRY?
To keep your gold jewelry lustrous and shiny always, you need to take proper care of it. Few tips are:
- Clean your jewelry regularly with a towel as your sweat can cause the jewelry to lose its shiny appearance.
- Always store it in neat places and keep away from the humidity .
- Cover it with a clean cloth before putting it in the box.
- Put the jewelry pieces separately, if possible. It reduces the risk of scratches.
HAZARDS TO AVOID WHILE CLEANING:
While cleaning the jewelry, you should never forget that a bit of carelessness can cause you a lot. So, here are a few hazards to avoid while cleaning the jewelry:
- Make sure that the cleaner you are using isn’t abrasive and doesn’t contain any harsh chemicals.
- Chlorine should not be present in the cleaner, even in a dilute amount, because chlorine can weaken gold.
- Never follow any DIY method, which includes toothpaste, baking soda, or apple cider in large amounts since they can damage the jewelry.
- Always wash the jewelry in a strainer or bowl instead of an open drain. So, even if the jewelry piece slips from your hand while cleaning by mistake, it isn’t lost.
With this, we come to our round-up of how to clean gold jewelry at home. Always try to remove your jewelry before taking a bath or coming in contact with water since it can absorb moisture. Now, what are you waiting for? Grab the things, and start the process!