The 7 Tips for Cleaning Your Jewelry at Home
Here is some tips from Jewgate.com to cleanup your jewelry at home
Step 1 - Check the settings
1. Check the settings on your jewelry cleaner to make sure it matches what you're looking to clean. If you're cleaning copper, then make sure you have a copper cleaner. If you're cleaning gold, then make sure you have a gold cleaner.
2. Make sure that your cleaner is also suitable for the type of gemstones in your piece of jewelry.
3. Follow the directions on your jewelry cleaner and start with a dry cloth or paper towel and gently rub any dirt or grime off the surface of your jewelry.
4. Wipe down the surface with some rubbing alcohol, polish as necessary and dry with another dry cloth or paper towel.
Step 2 - Use warm soapy water
Warm soapy water is the best way to clean your jewelry at home. The warm water will loosen dirt and grime, making it easier to wipe away with a soft cloth. There are plenty of products on the market that can be used in conjunction with this method, like jewelry cleaners or even dishwashing liquid.
Step 3 - Use a dishwasher
If you have a dishwasher, put your jewelry in a container and then put it on the top rack of the dishwasher. You can also use an old toothbrush or some other tough bristle brush to scrub any stubborn dirt off of your pieces.
Step 4 - Remove tarnish using bleach or hydrogen peroxide
There are two things you can use to clean your jewelry: bleach or hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide is the gentler of the two, which means it's better if you're not sure whether a piece of jewelry is oxidized or has been cleaned with something else. You'll need to soak the piece in hydrogen peroxide overnight and then rinse it off. Do not use this method on pearls, amber, coral, or anything made from bone because it will dissolve them!
Step 5 - Shine your metal with toothpaste
To shine your metal, simply use a toothbrush and toothpaste to buff the surface of your jewelry. For the best results, use a high-quality toothpaste with baking soda in it. If you're not sure which type of toothpaste to buy, just look for one that says whitening on the label.
Step 6 - Polish your stones with vinegar
Polishing your stones with vinegar will remove any buildup on them. Fill a small bowl with white or apple cider vinegar and dip your jewelry in the bowl. Let it soak for about 30 minutes, then take it out and wipe the stones down with a soft cloth, making sure to dry them off afterwards. If you don't have time to let your jewelry soak, try dipping your jewelry into the vinegar water and wiping it off instead.
Step 7 - Store in an airtight container
Storing your jewelry in an airtight container will help to keep it clean and looking like new. Make sure to store the container in a cool, dry place where there is little to no humidity.
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