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How do I clean my jewellery properly?
By Evi Boonman, 23 February 2021
How do you clean jewellery? A question that is possibly never considered. Because 'jewellery made of stainless steel doesn't discolour, so it doesn't have to be cleaned, right?'.
Our range consists mainly of stainless steel jewellery, which means that you can enjoy your jewellery for an extra long time. But did you also know that we have 925 silver jewellery, with a gold plating or made of steel? Cleaning jewellery is very important for enjoying your jewellery for a long time, regardless of the material.
My Jewellery to the rescue! We will explain how you can best clean your jewellery. Then you can be sure that you treat each material properly.
Cleaning silver jewellery
Silver jewellery can possibly turn black after some time. This process occurs naturally, but can also be caused by abundant wear. There are several ways to clean silver jewellery.
Cleaning silver jewellery with silver polish
For example, you can get silver polish at a chemist or easily order it online. Use the silver polish on a clean, soft cloth to scrub your silver chain accordingly.
Cleaning silver jewellery with toothpaste
Very handy and you already have it in your home! Make sure you use a soft toothbrush when you polish your jewellery. Then rub your jewellery clean with a dry cloth and your jewellery is like new again.
Cleaning silver jewellery with salt and hot water
Fill a tray with hot water (approximately 60°C) and some salt. Make sure that your silver jewellery is wrapped in foil and put it in the tray. Leave this as is overnight. The next morning, take your jewellery out of the tray, remove the foil and rub it with a soft cloth. Polishing silver jewellery has never been so easy!
Tip: are you cleaning a silver necklace with a pendant? Then remove the pendant from the necklace and do that separately, with foil, in the tray with salt water.
Cleaning stainless steel jewellery
Stainless steel actually says it all. This material does not discolour and lasts forever. However, this material also needs to be freshened up at some point, so that it keeps shining on your wrist or neck.
1. Place your stainless steel jewellery on a clean cloth.
2. Prepare some soapy water (without chlorine!) with lukewarm water.
3. Clean your jewellery using your hand or a cloth in the soapy water.
4. Then place the jewellery back on the clean cloth and pat dry.
5. If you want to remove more dirt from the corners, you can use a soft, unused toothbrush.
First, soak your jewellery in water for a while so that the dirt can come loose.
6. Finally, polish your jewellery with a cloth with baby oil for the finishing touch. Polishing jewellery has never been so easy!
Tip: Cleaning your earrings? Don’t forget to also put the backings in the soapy water. You can easily remove any dirt with a cotton bud.
Cleaning metal jewellery
When you buy jewellery made of metal, it may eventually turn green, which is not necessarily what you want. However, this is very easy to clean!
1. Fill a bowl with lukewarm water and white vinegar.
2. Place your jewellery in the bowl and clean it carefully with a soft cloth and possibly a soft toothbrush.
3. Remove your jewellery and place it on a dry towel or tea towel. Make sure that you dry it thoroughly in order to prevent water stains and/or rust spots.
Rub the jewellery with a dry, soft cloth for the finishing touch.
Tip: in order to prevent your metal ring from leaving a green film on your fingers, coat the inside of the ring with transparent nail polish.
How do you keep your jewellery clean?
Tips & tricks for keeping your jewellery clean:
- Take your jewellery off if you are going to do sports.
- Wait about 30 minutes before putting on your jewellery if you have just applied a cream to your body.
- Avoid contact with hairspray, perfume and other sprays.
- Remove your jewellery when you go to sleep.
- Take off your jewellery when in contact with water, such as when swimming, washing up or cleaning.
Are you following the above tips, but your jewellery keeps discolouring? The fact is that every skin has a different pH value. This skin pH value has an effect on the oxidation (discolouration) process. As a result, your jewellery may discolour faster than that of your girlfriend.
For more information about cleaning jewellery, watch the video below:
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