Buying a great piece of jewelry is what we all want. Once you purchase it, then another dream comes “how to have it last longer while looking new”.
Today we focus on the aspect of cleaning the stainless steel jewels to maintain the aesthetic appeal.
Stainless steel jewels are durable, and that’s what makes it one of the most loved metal when it comes to gems.
It rarely corrodes, but neither will tarnish rust easily. This doesn’t mean that it doesn’t need cleaning. Remember, it comes very close to your skin, and that means that it will carry the oils sweat, and any other dirt from your skin. If you do not, therefore, clean it, you will make it lose its aesthetic value.
Whether you are thinking of rings, necklaces, bracelets, or anklets, the cleaning is almost the same. We will show you how to clean it.
Keep in mind that you don’t need rocket science to clean the jewels. It’s the simplest type of jewelry to clean in the market.
- The five methods to use when cleaning the jewelry
- Using soap and water
- Baking soda paste
- Did you know you can use toothpaste as well?
- The ultrasonic cleaning method
- The vinegar method
- Cleaning the tarnish
- Care tips for your stainless steel jewels
The five methods to use when cleaning the jewelry
Using soap and water
This is one of the easiest methods you can use to clean out the jewels’ dirt and dullness. It’s the method that will make sure you use the ingredients that are readily available at home.
With this method, you can just soak the jewel in the water or wipe it with a soft cloth. The technique works best if you have light dirt. So the first thing to do is to get mild soap and water, preferably warm water. You can also use soft cloth for the cleaning process.
Take two bowls and fill them with warm water.
You have the mild soap already, right? You can add four drops of soup in one bowl of water. Choose the right soap for your jewels. Check the treasures, and when you notice that it has grease, you should choose the mild soap designed to work on the grease.
Do you have a soft piece of cloth? We prefer you to use the microfiber towel because you don’t want to use an abrasive. Take its edge side and dip it in the water. Make sure it’s wet and then use the cloth to wipe out the dirt from the jewel.
Rub the clothe on the jewel
Be gentle to avoid causing the scratches. If possible, go along the grain and not across it to make sure you don’t scratch it.
Do you have a soft brush?
The brush should then be the type that will not cause scratches and jewel damage. The secret is to make sure you follow the grain. If you go across the grain, then you can be sure you won’t cause scratches.
Once it’s thoroughly cleaned, you can dip the jewelry into the next bowl that’s free of soap. You can once again rinse it with clean water.
Use another clean cloth to dry the jewels. This will make sure you don’t leave the water spots on the ornaments. Alternatively, just leave the jewels in the fabric to dry thoroughly, and within about fifteen minutes, you will fully dry the jewels.
Baking soda paste
Baking soda works to clean most things in the household, but you can also use the paste to clean your jewels. So take a small bowl and then mix the baking soda with water. So you should have two parts of baking soda and then add it to one part of water.
Notice that the amount you will use for the process is solidly dependent on how big the jewel you have is. Often you will only need one tablespoon of baking soda and one teaspoon of water.
Stir this mixture to form the paste, and when everything is ready, get your jewel prepared for the process.
Here you will need the soft, bristle brush. Take the tips of the toothbrush to pick the paste and rub it on the jewel. Remember, you are avoiding the scratches, and therefore an essential method is to brush it following the grains.
Also, remember to use the baby toothbrush; they are the types with the softest bristles.
Remember, you shouldn’t press the brush hard even if it has very soft bristles. Brush the cracks and the crevices more than any other parts.
In a clean bowl of water, then rinse the jewel two times. The second rinsing is to make sure you get rid of all the dirt and the baking soda paste, if any remains.
Finally, take a soft microfiber towel and pat dry the jewel. Alternatively, just wrap the towel around the ornament and give it time to absorb all the water.
Did you know you can use toothpaste as well?
Don’t use the colored toothpaste, and make sure it has no silica either. White toothpaste is the ideal choice to use.
If you use the ones with the silica, you will surely start to scratch the jewels.
Take your soft microfiber towel and then dampen it with water. Also, wring it a little to get excess water out but leave it damp. Now, squeeze the toothpaste where you have the damp parts.
You don’t have to squeeze a lot of toothpaste; instead, just a pea size paste is enough. Of course, if you need more, you can add it later.
Next, run the towel gently across the grain of the jewel. Notice that if you go across the grain, then you will scratch it. Always avoid the gemstones on the jewels as such pastes will damage them.
If you need to, you can use a soft brush to reach the hard to reach parts of the jewel. Again make sure it’s a very soft brush. Be gentle when using the brush to make sure you don’t scratch.
Rinse out the paste using the warm water. It’s effortless for the paste to come off. You can rinse it inside the bowl to make sure you don’t drop it in the drain.
Pat dry it: We don’t want the water spots so you can use another clean towel to dry the jewel. Gently wipe out the water or cover it with a towel to make sure you absorb the excess water.
The ultrasonic cleaning method
The other method you can use is this one. This is not unique to stainless steel; instead, you can use it with any kind of jewels you have. It doesn’t matter if it’s the very precious jewels or just the ones you don’t consider precious this method will offer deep cleaning.
This is a professional method to clean the jewels deeply while keeping them safe. This piece will work in the simplest way where the sound radiates around the treasures.
Meanwhile, the jewels remain in the solution of soap and water. The trick is to make sure you have all the parts of the treasures submerged in the solution.
Also, since there will be vibrations, you don’t want to have the jewels jumbled together as that may cause damage. Remember to allow the space between the jewels.
This gadget will clean even the parts that the cloth or brush can’t clean. But remember to use hot to warm water. Remember, you have the control settings you will use to control the water temperature in the ultrasonic.
Finally, you should rinse the jewels to make sure you have gotten rid of all the dirt. Dry it and then let it air dry somewhere before you can store it.
Now, remember the ultrasonic will clean the plain jewels. You should put your treasures that have gemstones in the ultrasonic. You don’t want to damage the ornaments when they are jostling.
Don’t worry if you have the diamond kinds of jewels. I know they are very precious, but you can clean them in the ultrasonic the same way you do with your stainless steel.
It works by forming the bubbles in the solution around the jewel, thus cleaning all parts. Remember, the bubbles will reach deep into the crevices. For the stainless steel, it will give you the perfect shine.
The vinegar method
The last method we use on stainless steel is the vinegar method. If you like home clean, then it shouldn’t be new that vinegar is a standard cleaning solution. This vinegar will disinfect your jewels as it makes them retain the shine.
If you have bacteria in the jewels, you will give it a power cleanse.
You need one part of water and one part of vinegar. You should also choose a soft piece of cloth and a spray bottle.
Take a bowl and mix the ingredients warm water with the vinegar and drop in the jewels.
Soak your jewels in the bowl with solutions for about 20-30 minutes. Once you have done this, you should have the dirt loosen and the shine back. You can then rinse it in clean water before drying it with a dry towel.
You can also take the spray bottle to spray the solution on the jewel and then dampen the towel then gently rub as you have done above with other methods. Take your time to reach the crevices and clean it right.
Finally, give your jewel a power rinse to remove all the vinegar solution before you wipe out the excess water.
Cleaning the tarnish
Although we didn’t mention before, you can use the same methods to clean the tarnish already forming on the jewels you have. You can use the vinegar method, baking soda, or ultra-sonic.
Care tips for your stainless steel jewels
You will need to polish it
Every once in a while, you will have no choice but to polish the jewels. Of course, you will need to clean than using the methods we have discussed extensively above. The polishing aspect will keep the jewel looking high and new.
If you can, you should buy the polishing clothes you can use bi-weekly or once a week. If you use it right, then the jewels will keep shining. So the first thing to do is buy the polishing cloth. It will absorb the excess oil from the treasures, thus somehow cleaning them.
Note that the stainless steel will never tarnish or corrode easily; still, that doesn’t mean you neglect it.
You don’t want to scratch the jewels, so you will need to be careful as you keep them. So you should store the ornaments apart. If possible, keep them in a zip-locked bag and store them in a dry place.
Also, you can use the cloth-lined jewelry box for your stainless steel jewelry. The storage keeps it clean and free of unnecessary dust.
Avoid bleach and chlorine.
Although stainless steel is never such reactive metal, you should not subject it to bleach or chlorine.
It will stain the surface of your rings. Sadly, it doesn’t end there with time; it will damage the jewel. Bleach is a household cleaning agent but will cause immediate corrosion on the steel and other ornaments.
Avoid using silver or brass polish.
Although the stainless steel looks the same as the silver, you won’t need to use the same polish you use for the silver or the brass on the stainless steel jewels. This kind of polish will often permanently stain the jewel.
Only use the microfiber towel when cleaning the surface.
You may be tempted to use a stainless steel scouring pad on the jewels. But this will scratch the chromium layer, making it susceptible to tarnish and corrosion. You want it to remain durable, so just use the soft material.
Don’t leave the jewels in the open.
While it’s the easiest thing to do, it’s better to keep them in a piece of polishing cloth. You never know the elements available in the air, and that would cause damage.
Once you clean the jewels, keep them secure and away. Remember, people are beginning to treasure stainless steel jewels. Just make sure you cater to yours.
If you aren’t sure about the cleaning, you can seek help from a professional jeweler to clean it for you.
Now you know everything about this topic. You have every reason to maintain the shine, and if you feel we have left something out, add them in the comment section.