We all know that special feeling we get when we put on a new piece of gold jewelry.
The new ring, necklace or bracelet is shiny and all of our friends and coworkers notice how beautiful it is.
But over time, under normal, everyday wearing conditions, gold can start to look a little dull and lifeless. Cleaning your gold jewelry regularly will perk it right up, enhance its longevity and protect its value.
It will also help those heirloom pieces that you want to pass on the your kids or grandkids. Cleaning gold jewelry properly now will mean it can be worn and enjoyed for many generations to come.
Gather Your Gold
Cleaning all of your gold jewelry at one time is a big time saver. Gather all your gold jewelry and place it on a soft cloth in front of you.
Choose Your Cleaning Method
There are two main methods for cleaning gold jewelry: Bathing and dipping.
Bathing involves using two to three tiny drops of mild liquid soap and regular warm water. Some people like to use seltzer instead of warm water because the bubbles loosen grime and dirt a little better. (Make sure to use sodium-free seltzer and not club soda.)
Set the jewelry in the bowl for five to 10 minutes and then rinse under clean, cool running water and dry with a soft, lint-free cloth.
If, like a kid after a day spent making mud pies, your jewelry still has a little grime or dirt on it after the bath, give it another dunk and use a soft-bristled toothbrush to gently remove any remaining bits.
The dipping method of cleaning gold jewelry involves buying a dipping kit. You can find these at most grocery and general merchandise stores and at all jewelry stores.
When using a dipping kit, make sure to follow the manufacturer’s directions completely and exactly. Some kits use a different combination of chemicals than others, and following the directions will prevent damage while cleaning your gold jewelry.
Keeping Your Jewelry Clean
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cleaning. Removing your gold jewelry before doing household chores will prevent it from becoming damaged and grimy before its time.
Gold is a very soft and sensitive metal. Oxidation occurs when chemicals in the air react with it. Gold also reacts to the oils on your skin, which is why it sometimes turns green.
Gold is also damaged by cleaning products such as bleach. And exposure to excessive amounts of dish and bath soap can leave a filmy residue.
Therefore, take your gold jewelry off before you go swimming in a chlorinated pool, wash the dinner dishes, take a shower or scrub the bathroom sink. This will make cleaning your gold jewelry much easier.