If you thought that cleaning gold jewelry is a mammoth task then think again. You can easily clean gold ornaments at home. Find out how to look after gold jewelry.
If you want to clean a gold ornament, which is not adorned with crystals, pearls, or soft gemstones then you can soak it in a solution of warm water and some drops of a very mild dishwashing liquid. You can gently rub the ornament with a cotton swab or with your fingers.
If you feel that the ornament if very dirty then you can rub very lightly with a baby toothbrush with soft bristles. The golden rule while cleaning gold is to be extremely gentle or else you will end up making scratch marks on your precious jewelry. You should remember that gold is a very soft metal, which retains its softness even after addition of other metals.
Avoid Abrasive Cleaners
In order to remove tarnish from gold jewelry you should never make the mistake of using something very abrasive such as baking soda or toothpaste. They can damage the texture of your ornament. You should use only a mild dishwashing liquid that does not contain any phosphate.
Dry It before Storing
After you have cleaned the jewelry, rinse it well with warm water. Use a soft and clean cotton cloth to dry it. You should air dry your jewelry overnight before storing it. Did you know that moisture and sweat can hasten the process of tarnishing?
Therefore, you should always make sure that your gold jewelry is completely dry before you pack it. After it dries up you can use a jewelry polishing cloth to add more shine to it. Make sure that the cloth is clean otherwise you may scratch the metal. You should avoid making circular motions with the polishing cloth but should rub it back and forth instead.