How to clean the gold at home quickly and efficiently, what folk remedies can be used and how to restore the original shine to your favorite products without damaging the surface, we will tell in this article.
Features of cleaning gold jewelry
To make gold jewelery delight with its original brilliance as long as possible, careful, careful handling and storage will be needed. It is recommended to remove jewelry, playing sports, visiting a bath or doing household work involving the use of chemicals.
Even following the recommendations, it will not be possible to completely neutralize the negative impact of the environment: water, cosmetics, household chemicals, oxygen and the sun can change the appearance of gold not to the best. Due to mechanical damage on the metal micro-scratches are formed, due to which the decoration loses shine. Cosmetics and perfume - the cause of the formation of stains on the surface. Also, gold is adversely affected by detergents, which include alkalis, chlorine, iodine.
The cleaning method and the means for each product are selected individually. What is suitable for classic yellow gold is not always useful for white. Particular attention is paid to cleaning products with stones and with a matte surface. Least of all time and labor will take the cleansing of smooth rings without inserts.
Folk remedies for cleaning gold at home
Every woman in the box has at least one gold jewelry. Over time, any gold product loses its original brilliance and needs cleaning. Give the original appearance of your favorite decoration is quite under force at home.
Gold can be cleaned quickly and efficiently with a cloth. This is the most economical way. Using a soft, fluffy cloth, rub the product thoroughly until shine appears. For these purposes, suitable fleece, flannel or suede.
So it will turn out to delicately clean any decoration. If such care is performed continuously, professional tools and liquids for gold will not be required.
The only disadvantage of the method is that the fabric will not cope with old pollution, it will not dissolve the dark oxide film and will not clean the pollution in hard-to-reach places. For these cases will help one of the many popular recipes for the purification of gold.
To make the gold shine with ammonia, the following components are required:
- 150 ml of ammonia;
- 150 ml of water;
- 2 drops of detergent.
All components are mixed and decorations are placed in the resulting solution for exactly 1 hour. After this, the products are washed in cold water and each is wiped dry separately. White gold is especially thoroughly rubbed; moisture should not remain on it.
The solution that helps "rejuvenate" the jewelry is a combination of ammonia with hydrogen peroxide. It is easy to prepare: 3 teaspoons of ammonia, 2 tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide and a drop of liquid soap are added to a glass of water. For the preparation of the solution using enamelware.
In this composition, gold jewelry is soaked for several hours. After the procedure, films of oxide and old impurities will go away from the surface of the products, a delightful shine will appear. Please note that the tool is contraindicated for cleaning jewelry with stones.
Clean the gold at home using ordinary foil. This is a very simple but effective way. In a deep container lay out a layer of foil on which we place the decorations. In a glass of water we dissolve 3 tablespoons of soda and pour the gold products for 10-12 hours with the resulting solution. It remains only to rinse the gold with running water and wipe dry with a soft fleece cloth.
Gold products are placed in a small container with water and brought to a boil. Table soda is added in the proportion of 1 tbsp. spoon of soda in 1 cup of water and boiled for 5 minutes. After this, the decorations are brushed, rinsed and dried.
A known method of cleaning gold directly with soda with the addition of vinegar. However, it is not recommended to use it, because the direct mechanical contact of the particles of soda with gold leaves micro-scratches, which will not in the best way affect the appearance of the product.
Salt can be found in any kitchen, so this method of purifying gold jewelry is the most affordable and cheap. Preparing a salt solution of 0.5 cups of hot water and three tablespoons of salt. For the night gold items are placed in it. In the morning, washed with water and wiped dry. This method is suitable for small dirt, with old spots it can not cope.
Many have heard of non-standard methods of applying the popular drink Coca-Cola. One such unusual way is the purification of gold. Coca-Cola contains an increased concentration of acid, which dissolves plaque. Gold jewelry is placed in a small container and filled with a drink for one hour. After this product is enough to rinse with water and dry.
Another great solvent for scale is citric acid. To clear the jewelry, a concentrated citric acid solution is prepared and gold jewelry is boiled in it for about 10 minutes. Then wash with running water, and the products will shine like on the day of purchase.
The composition of toothpaste and tooth powder includes substances with abrasive properties, and, therefore, able to clean the metal. Toothpaste contains foaming elements that soften the impact of abrasive.
The gold is cleaned on the same principle as the teeth: the paste is applied and the usual movements are cleaned. Brush use the softest.
Purification of gold with purchased items
If you do not have the time and desire to prepare the mixture to clean the gold yourself or boil in solutions and rub it with toothpastes, you can use specialized tools that are widely represented in stores.
Means are available in the form of pastes, liquids, napkins with impregnation. The main thing when choosing is to consider for which metal it is intended and whether it is suitable for processing natural stones and various inserts.
If the instructions indicate that the tool is suitable for processing gold, it should be used without touching the stones.
How to clean the gold with stones to shine
For the full care of jewelry it is necessary to know how to clean gold and various inserts of precious and semi-precious stones. Stones require special treatment. For example, some stones are not afraid of exposure to water and a number of chemicals, but for others it is destructive.
Products with diamonds, zirconium or cubic zirconias can be cleaned in a soapy solution or with ammonia and vinegar. Diamonds will not hurt by light brushing with a soft bristle brush.
The solution containing ammonia is not allowed for cleaning pearls, turquoise, corals. They can be wiped with a flannel cloth. Lapis lazuli, rubies and opals can be washed in a weak solution of water and baby soap.
- Most opaque stones are recommended to be treated with a special napkin or soft cloth.
- Stones should not be immersed in water if they are fixed to the product with glue.
- To clean the dirt from hard to reach places, use cotton swabs dipped in a special compound that is sold in jewelry stores.
In addition to proper care, for the preservation of jewelry is important careful handling. It is worth remembering and following simple rules:
- gold must be stored in a box, away from a direct source of heat, without exposure to sunlight;
- products during storage should not be in contact with each other. If there is no special box with sections, you can divide the decoration with a soft cloth, for example, flannels;
- Before doing household work using household chemicals, you need to remove all the jewelry.
The main advice for the care of gold products at home is simple: the attitude to your favorite jewelry should be careful, and care should be permanent. Then they will delight with the brilliance of not only you, but also your children and grandchildren.