Products made of gold of the highest standard do not sell, because they are very soft and easily change their shape just under the touch of your fingers. In order to add gold to hardness, make an alloy in which copper, silver or other metals are added. Along with the appearance of rigidity, such gold acquires the propensity to aging, that is, over time it dims, a film of oxide appears on it.
Here are a few more reasons for pollution:
- sebaceous glands of our skin, which constantly secrete sebum;
- decorative cosmetics and creams;
- surrounding dust, city smog.
The question is how to clean gold, so that its age is not noticeable. It turns out that cleaning can be done easily even at home, you just need to know a few tricks.
Imagine ways in a small table, and then describe them in detail, so that everyone can decide how to clean the gold at home with the most suitable means for him.
Cleaning with the help of improvised means
If you are looking for a simple and cheapest way to clean gold at home from dirt, then the use of cloth is for you. You will need a slightly fleecy soft material like fleece. They need to carefully rub the gold to achieve brilliance and purity.
This is a mechanical method, very gentle and suitable for absolutely any product. If you clean this way regularly, you will not need to use any liquids, including professional ones.
However, this method is not suitable in case of long-standing contamination. With its help you can not get rid of the dark oxide film and it is impossible to clean out the heavily polluted hard-to-reach places.
Let’s see how to clean gold at home using detergent and water. There are two options for such cleansing.
In the first case, soap or dishwashing gel is dissolved in warm water. In the soap liquid, gold ornaments are placed and left for a couple of hours to make the dirt soft. Take an old toothbrush and clean it every product, then rinse everything in running water and wipe.
The second method involves boiling. Soap solution is lowered gold and boiled for 2-3 minutes. Then, all products are pulled out and cleaned in exactly the same way as in the first method, using a soft brush.
Boiling in water with soda
An uncomplicated way with which you can clear gold from pollution is by boiling it in water with soda. It is necessary to pour a small container of water, put the gold there and heat the water. Then add soda (a glass of water about a tablespoon) and boil for several minutes. When you get your items out of the water, you will have to brush them, rinse them and dry them.
Some recommend rubbing gold directly with soda, adding a little vinegar, but this method can lead to surface damage. Soda leaves scratches, and the higher the sample of the product, the more likely that you will mechanically damage your expensive jewelry.
Vinegar is also not desirable to clean jewelry. High-grade gold, of course, vinegar is not terrible, but it can damage the alloy. In addition, the acid in no case can not be used if the product contains stones. Even the evaporation of acids can irreparably spoil some minerals.
Any toothpaste or tooth powder contains substances with light abrasive properties. So they can clean the metal. Damage to the product will not occur, since the paste contains blowing agents that soften the action of the abrasive.
Gold is covered with paste and begins to be cleaned, just like teeth. Only the brush should be taken gently, and do not use it then for the oral cavity. The length of the process depends on how large your product is and how thoroughly you clean it.
Cleaning of gold, decorated with precious stones
Gold itself can be wiped with a weak solution of vinegar, ammonia, special cleaning agents. However, stones require special treatment. There are stones that are not afraid of the impact of water and certain chemicals, but there are those that need only an extremely careful approach.
- Gold product, decorated with diamonds, cubic zirconium, can be cleaned with ammonia or washed in soapy water. Diamonds can even be rubbed with a brush, it does not hurt them.
- But to turquoise, corals and tender pearls, a solution of ammonia (ammonia) can not be used, it is better to simply wipe the flannel. Ruby, opal, lapis lazuli can be gently washed in a weak solution of baby soap.
- Many opaque stones in general are best to wipe with a special napkin or soft cloth, without applying to them chemical agents and even water.
- You can not wet stones if they are glued to gold.
- Clean the dirt from hard-to-reach places are helped by cotton swabs, which are moistened in a special composition, bought in a jewelry salon.
Take care of jewelry regularly and treat them with love.
Picture Credit: Jacek Dylag