How to clean gold

Do your gold items need a bit of a clean up? Never fear – read this article for helpful advice about how to clean gold.

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Gold is sometimes called an ‘eternal treasure’ – an epithet it has earned not only as a global monetary equivalent, but also thanks to the physical qualities of the metal. Archaeologists regularly find ancient golden objects, preserved through the centuries and reaching our time almost in their original state. However, even ‘eternal treasures’ lose their original shine and require correct cleaning. Here is how you can clean gold and preserve the shine of your gold jewellery at home.

Gold is a precious metal, so it needs to be cleaned with care. Avoid any abrasive cleaning products and instead use a specialised jewellery cleaner.

How Can You Preserve Gold Jewellery?

Gold jewellery can be delicate. To keep your gold jewellery looking its best, follow these few simple rules. If possible, take jewellery off before these activities:

  • Cleaning the house, to avoid contact with any cleaning products.
  • Cosmetic procedures.
  • Visiting the sauna or steam room, or doing any other treatments that involve rapid temperature changes.
  • Physical activities – particularly swimming in a pool, as the chlorine can affect the metal.
  • An x-ray examination.

If your favourite piece of gold jewellery doesn’t look as good as it used to, it’s time to start cleaning!

Strategies for Cleaning Gold

If your piece of gold jewellery has a high market value – or if it is important for sentimental reasons – the most reasonable decision is to leave the work to specialists and have a professional jeweller clean your item. You can also buy a commercial cleaning product to clean your gold jewellery.

Also, if your piece of jewellery contains other elements – like diamonds, pearls, emeralds, or any other stones or features – it is important to consider how those elements should be cleaned. Pearls, for example, need to be cleaned with care in order to avoid damage.

How to Clean Gold Gently:

You can use a variety of household products to clean and polish gold. But, be careful – the wrong cleaning technique can damage your valuable delicate items, so, if possible, test any cleaning technique before using, or gradually increase the concentration of the solutions and the cleaning time.

  • A gentle way to clean gold involves a few simple ingredients – dishwashing liquid, warm water, and a soft toothbrush. Using a toothbrush or another brush with hard bristles can damage your piece.
  • Fill a bowl with warm water and a small amount of dishwashing liquid (you only need a few drops for this method).
  • Let your piece of gold jewellery soak for a few minutes.
  • Then, use the toothbrush to gently remove any dirt and grime.
  • When you have finished, then rinse the item in clean water and dry with a soft towel or cloth.

Now that you know how to clean gold, you can apply this method to jewellery, ornaments, and fastenings – everything will be gleaming in no time!

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