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How to clean gold jewellery: the ultimate guide

Want to know how to clean gold rings and chains? You've come to the right place! Follow our jewellery cleaning guide.


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Key steps

Cleaning gold jewellery is easy if you remember these main rules:

  1. Choose a suitable cleaning method and solution.
  2. Apply your jewellery cleaner with a soft brush or sponge.
  3. Rinse and dry the item thoroughly after cleaning.
  4. Don’t use boiling water or baking soda on gemstone jewellery.
  5. Buff the surface once dry for extra shine.

Cleaning gold jewellery is a simple process. Once you know how to do it, you can bring something that’s gone a little dull back to its sparkly best. In this guide we’ll show you how to clean gold jewellery at home so you don’t have to spend a lot of money getting the pros do it.

Do you want to know how to clean gold jewellery so that it really gleams? Try soaking your favourite pieces in vinegar, then give them a gentle scrub. They’ll come out super sparkly. Buff with a soft cloth for an extra shine.

How to clean gold jewellery

Want to know how to clean gold chains at home? Maybe a ring? Whatever type of jewellery you want to bring back to glory, our top tips and tricks will help you get the job done:

  • How to clean gold jewellery with liquid soap: make a mix of warm water and mild detergent, let the jewellery soak for 20 minutes and then scrub with a soft brush. Rinse with clean warm water to remove any remaining dirt and cleaning solution, then blot dry.
  • How to clean gold jewellery with vinegar: fill a bowl with either white or apple cider vinegar. Drop in your jewellery and let it sit for 10 minutes. Remove, give it a scrub with a toothbrush and then rinse.
  • Cleaning gold jewellery with baking soda: combine a quarter of a cup of baking soda with two tablespoons of water. Dab on the thick paste with a sponge and give your ring, necklace, chain, earrings or bracelet a gentle scrub. Rinse and give it a quick buff to shine.
  • How to clean gold chain: you can give any of the above methods a try, and you could also give boiling a go. Simply soak your chain in boiling water for around 10 minutes to loosen grime. Be careful with this method and only attempt it on plain gold jewellery. The excess heat could cause any precious stones to come loose.
  • How to clean gold rings: as with gold chains, you can choose one of the above methods and gently scrub away dirt from your ring. If you want an extra shiny finish, buff with a specialist gold jewellery cleaning cloth.  
  • How to clean gold rings with stones: don’t submerge rings with stones, wipe with a soapy cloth instead. Dab at the ring with a clean wet cloth, clear away the soap and then leave to dry – dry upside down as that will stop water running into the setting.

Now you know how to clean gold jewellery using a number of different methods. Although you don’t need a jeweller to professionally clean all your precious gold jewellery with these top tips we’d still recommend it for anything particularly valuable or delicate. If you want to learn how to clean silver at home, read on our article professional tips here

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