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Cleaning Gold Jewelry in 4 Easy Steps

on Jul 29, 2011 1:49 PM

Gold ring beforeHas your gold lost its luster?

Maybe you have a gold class ring with a cool retro style you want to bring out of hiding, but you’ve never taken the time to clean it. Have we got the tips for you!

Fortunately, cleaning gold jewelry is pretty simple.

  1. Soak in a solution of dishwashing soap and warm water for 15 minutes.
  2. Gold ring afterUsing a soft-bristled toothbrush, brush any dirt or grime that may have accumulated on the gold.
  3. Rinse in a bowl of clean water or under the faucet (with the drain closed, of course).
  4. Pat dry with a soft cloth.

Your gold will look as good as new! 

What common cleaning chemical will damage gold? Chlorine. Never use chlorinated bleach to clean your gold, and you should also be careful if you use chlorinated bleach to wash clothing. You’ll also want to avoid exposure to chlorine in swimming pools and hot tubs, as even this can damage gold.

Don’t use toothpaste, either. Toothpaste has abrasives that can scratch gold and some gemstones.

Bonus tip: Best to put your jewelry in a safe place before you take a dip in any large body of water!

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