How to Clean Metal Jewelry
Why is it Important to Clean Metal Jewelry?
Unlike regular household chores, cleaning jewelry is typically not on one’s radar. For jewelry that is worn every day, the buildup can be discreet, with most not even noticing that their beloved pieces are in desperate need of attention. Even those made of fine silver can tarnish after not being worn. Luckily, it only takes a bit of know-how and the right tools to restore their shine. Learn how to clean, properly store, and what preventive steps you can take to keep your jewelry in tip-top shape.
How to Clean Jewelry Based on Metal Type
There are a few DIY methods to clean different types of metal at home. For stainless steel, a simple mix of soap and water will suffice. Carefully fill two bowls with water, add 2-3 drops of soap to one bowl. Dip a soft cloth into the soapy mixture and rub along the surface of the jewelry. For more stubborn spots, a soft-bristled toothbrush will be sure to wipe away any grime. Once satisfied, dip the piece into the second bowl to rinse it and dry with a soft cloth.
Sterling silver takes a bit more care. When it is not too severe, a polishing cloth will typically do the trick. Silver is easily scratched, so it is vital to use a designated silver cloth. Using back and forth motions, rub away the grime. Change the direction of the rubbing motion now and then to prevent smearing the tarnish back onto the surface. For hard-to-reach areas, a Q-tip can be used.
Preventive Care for Jewelry
There are some steps you can take to avoid tarnishing your jewelry. Wearing sterling silver often prolongs its shine thanks to the oils on your skin. However, it is best to take off the jewelry if you are doing outdoor activities like gardening, hiking, swimming, etc. Sunlight and humidity can damage sterling silver fast. Another thing to avoid is chemicals, whether from household cleaning or spraying on perfume; avoid putting your jewelry back on until your skin is either clean or in the case of make-up and lotions, the product has had time to settle on the skin.
How to Store Jewelry Properly
Properly storing your jewelry is another great way to prolong its shine. Make sure to wipe it with a clean, soft cloth to remove any residue in-between wear. Your stainless steel jewelry should not come in contact with any other metals or gemstones; they need to be stored separately from them. Preferably, they should be kept in a fabric-lined jewelry box that can keep out the moisture and dust. However, even if the worst happens and your piece ends up getting scratched, you can always have it professionally cleaned or repaired.
BARONS Jewelers Offers Professional Jewelry Cleaning Services
Serving the East Bay Area since 1967, BARONS Jewelers is one of the most trusted jewelers in the business. For generations, they have taken care of heirloom pieces, carefully cleaning, polishing, and restoring them to their former glory. Visit us today to get your precious jewelry back into shape.