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How to clean gold and silver jewellery

Has your precious ancestral jewellery been looking dull lately? To restore its shine, check out our guide on how to clean gold jewellery and silver items.

We all have that one piece of gold or silver jewellery which is particularly dear to us. Perhaps, it’s been passed on in the family for generations or brings back sweet memories of someone special. To ensure the longevity of your favourite pieces, it’s important to know how to clean gold and silver properly.

Despite any unpleasant experiences that you might have had before, cleaning gold and silver jewellery is fairly uncomplicated if you follow our simple guidelines.

How to clean gold jewellery?

People often panic when it comes to cleaning gold jewellery as it gets easily damaged with visible scratches. But in truth, cleaning gold jewellery isn’t complicated if you know how to create a gold jewellery cleaner:

  1. Fill a bowl with 2 cups of warm water.
  2. Add a few drops of cleaning solution to it, preferably Vim Gel. Always test any new product or solution on a small area before using.
  3. Place your gold items into the bowl.
  4. Let them soak in the solution for 15 minutes.
  5. Take a soft-bristled brush and gently scrub the item.
  6. Rinse your jewellery in warm water.
  7. Wipe it dry with a soft cloth.

When you use this method, you’ll notice how the lemon concentrate in the Vim Gel clears all stains and impurities on the metal surface completely, bringing back its original shine.

How to clean silver jewellery?

Silver easily becomes dull and tarnished with time and usage. Unlike copper which develops a green residue, silver turns dark. The process explained below outlines how to create a solution that cleans silver jewellery effortlessly:

  1. Place a cramped piece of aluminium foil with its shiny side up into a heatproof glass dish or pan.
  2. Put your silver jewellery into a bowl.
  3. Place your jewellery in the dish and sprinkle some baking soda over it.
  4. Add boiling water immediately and stir baking soda with a spoon to mix well.
  5. Once the tarnish disappears, remove your silver items. Always take extra care when dealing with boiling water; wear heat protective gloves if required.
  6. Rinse the jewellery pieces with warm water.
  7. Dry your jewellery with a paper towel or a soft cloth.

This method shouldn’t be used on jewellery studded with stones, shells or pearls. Instead, you can scrub them with an effective silver cleaner mixture made of baking soda and water.

Now you know how to clean your gold and silver pieces effectively. Your favourite items of jewellery can always stay as good as new!

Things to remember: Avoid using harsh chemicals to clean your jewellery and always read product labels before trying any new cleaners on your precious items.

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Use a soft-bristled brush and a microfiber cloth while cleaning gold. For best results, opt for Vim Gel as it makes for a mild yet effective solution. Read the instructions carefully before use and always test any new product or solution on a small area first.