There exist five the most effective methods to clean gold jewellery:
- Cleaning with dish soap
- Cleaning with ammonia
- Cleaning jewellery with glued-in gemstones
- Cleaning with toothpaste
- Cleaning with boiling water
Gold doesn’t blackens eventually, unlike silver. But gold can still easily become dirty and dusty with normal use. Every housewivife can easily return bygone glitter to gold jewellery such as precious rings, necklaces, earrings, bracelets and other using few household tools and knowing a few secrets. Choose the method and follow the instruction below!
Method 1: Cleaning with dish soap
Step 1. Put a few drops of dish soap in a bowl with warm water and stir accurately. You can use tap water, it will work good, but if you want to have the best results, you can use sodium-free seltzer water or carbonated water. The carbonation in liquids will make dirt and dust easier to dissolved.
Step 2. Dip the gold jewellery in the liquid and leave it in the water for about 15 minutes. During this time warm soapy water will remove the dust from hard-to-reach silk.
Step 3. Use the soft-bristle toothbrush and grate accurately the gold. Grate each detail of jewellery, especially the places and silks where dirt may be hidden. The softer brush you use, the better will be the result. Other brushes can damage the surface of your jewellery. Never use stiff bristle for gold-plated as it could entirely remove the gold layer.
Step 4. Wash each piece in warm running water. It will help to rinse the dust that has been removed with the help of your brush. Don’t forget that the water have to be warm, not hot, especially for jewellery with fragile stones. If you’re washing gold in a sink, don’t forget to plug the drain as your jewelry can accidentally slips out of your hands. Also you can use metal coffee filter for this action.
Step 5. Wipe the jewellery with a soft cloth until it become dry. Then dry the jewellery on a towel, letting it lie on it for a few minutes. After that you shiny jewellery is ready to wear it again. Wet jewelry can cause the skin irritation as it trap moisture against your skin.
Method 2: Cleaning with ammonia
Step 1. Ammonia is a option for rare cleaning. It is very powerful chemical composite and sometimes could be very fretting. Do not use ammonia too often to make your gold jewellery shiny. It is perfect recipe for rare but deep cleans.
Step 2. Mix ammonia with water in proportion 1:6 (1 part ammonia to six parts water). Mix gently to make the mixture smooth.
Step 3. Dip the jewellery in the mixture for 60 seconds or even less. Too long being in the mixture can cause corrosion, as ammonia is a strong chemical composite.
Step 4. Wash the jewellery very diligently under running water. Don’t forget to cover the drain of the sink as the jewellery can accidently slips out of your hand. Also you can always use the strainer, you have used for previous action.
Step 5. Dry the gold with a soft cloth and let it lie on the towel until it become completely dry. Now your bright jewellery is ready to beauty your body again.
Method 3: Cleaning Jewellery with Glued-In Gemstones
Step 1. There exist some types of jewellery that should be kept dry. The jewellery that contains gemstones that are set on glue should never be dipped in water. The glue can be loosened in the water and as a result your gemstones will fall out. In such case use a special method without dipping in the liquid.
Step 2. To clean the jewellery which contain glued-in gemstones use wet and soapy cloth. Use the first method to make a small quantity of soapy water (use the dish soap). Moisten a soft towel in the soapy water and rub dry your jewellery.
Step 3. Use a cloth moistened in plain clean water to rub the jewellery again. Sponge the it with the wet cloth to dry the remains of soap from the item.
Step 4. After cleaning hang the jewelry upside down and let it dry in natural way. The upside down position ensures all remaining moisture to drip out.
Method 4: Cleaning with toothpaste
Step 1. Make a mix from small quantity of toothpaste and water. Mix about an inch of toothpaste with one or two tablespoons of water in a bowl, mingle gently until it become uniform. Cleaning with the help of toothpaste is good method for removing the dirt gathered on the gold jewelry. This method helps to prevent scratching the jewelry.
Step 2. Scrub the jewellery with the help of old and soft toothbrush and toothpaste. Scrub off dirt gently. You can apply the toothpaste on a cloth or directly on the it. In order not to make your gold scratchy, use as soft toothbrush as possible. You can also scrub the item with the help of your fingers, but there is the possibility that dirt can stay in small crevices in your jewelry.
Step 3. Wash accurately in clean water. The process is the same as during brushing your teeth. First scrub with the toothpaste, using the brush or your fingers, then rinse to remove the remains of the toothpaste and dirt from the jewellery.
Method 5: Cleaning with boiling water
Step 1. Boiling can be damaging. Gold itself can be boiled for sure, but some gemstones such as opals, pearls, coral, and moonstones can crack during the boiling, especially if you steep cold jewellery. As it was written in the Method 2, water and boiling also doesn’t suit for jewelry that contains glued-in gemstones. Boiling is a perfect method for the jewellery made entirely out of gold or gold jewelry with strong gemstones, such as diamonds.
Step 2. Take a bowl. You need a small bowl and a little water just for covering the jewellery you want to clean. Set your gold in a steady deep dish that won’t be damaged by boiling water. You can use a metal cooking bowls without a doubt. Put every item in the bowl in such way that no piece is covering another.
Step 3. Carefully pour the water into the bowl with your jewellery. Don’t forget that boiling water can cause serious burns, so be careful when pouring the water and try to do it slowly. The water should cover all the items in the bowl; this is the indicator that you’ve added enough water.
Step 4. Wait for the water to cool. When the water become warm enough for putting your hands in, take out all the jewellery. After the boiling scrub accurately every detail of jewellery with a soft brush. Then dry it with a soft towel and let it lie on a towel until it dry completely.
The dirty water is the indicator that your gold was cleaned carefully and the water loosened the dirt, dust, wax, etc. from your jewellery. The dirtier your water looks, the more dirt you’ve removed from your jewellery!