Clean Your Jewelry Easily With These Tips

September 1, 2016

There comes a point in the lifespan of your favorite necklace or ring when you look down and realize that it’s not quite the same as it was before. Maybe you’ve worn it every day for years, or its not as shiny as it once was. Whether it’s 24-karat gold or silver-plated nickel, a little elbow grease can restore that like-new luster to your accessories. Here are a few tips to get you started. For just a few dollars, you can buy a microfiber cloth to polish back the shine. Look for brighter colored polishing cloths and for one pre-treated witha  polish for easy cleaning. As crazy as it sounds, a soak in warm water wtha mild hint of soap can restore years to your jewelry.  Use a soft toothbrush to work on the tiny crevasses of your necklaces and bracelets. It’s better to buy a new one rather than use an old brush, since residue builds up in the bristles. BE careful not to use toothpaste as a cleaner.  Although many sites recommend using toothpaste to polish silver, it’s actually pretty abrasive stuff. For that silver-plated $5 necklace, that means the minty paste can damage the top coat of silver and reveal the cheaper metal underneath. Gold and gemstones can also be scratched if you use toothpaste. Fianlyl be wary of those untrasonice cleaning system. Keep precious gems and cheaper costume jewelry away from the.  However they work wonders on metal jewrly.

SOURCE: Mental Floss

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