Here are a few cleaning tips you can follow at home.
You can do this part easily and often, without any special tools. You will need 4 things:
- a soft brush (perhaps an old toothbrush),
- warm water, running or still
- soup or detergent (but avoid belach by any means) and a
- soft cloth, perhaps an old cotton T-shirt.
Grab your piece in one hand and scrub it after dipping it in warm water and adding soup. Scrub as long as you feel comfortable, be nice and gentle since you are removing dirt from the surface and what ever is stuck in those little cracks and do not need too much force. Also, too much harsh scrubbing can leave marks on flat or polished surfaces.
When you are done just splash under warm water and rinse off thoroughly until dry. That’s it, you’re jewelry is now dirt and germ free.
If your jewlery piece is a polished silver finish (not matt), and has many flat polished surfaces, then consider leaving it in a jewelry bath first, so scrubbing is to a minimum. If you do not have a brush soft enough, invest in jewelry cleaning cloth.
To add additional shine to silver pieces, specially the ones with a lot of organic details, the best thing is to scrub it under warm water by using a bras brush. Add some soap to decrease fraction and desolve grease. Make sure bristles are really bras, since it is soft enough not to damage your shape, but hard enough to give your piece that additional shine.
NOTE: flat surfaces (Birds collection for example) might leave matt scratched surface.
WARNING: if your piece has been oxydized in order to achieve a black finish, scrubbing with bras brush will slightly clean off the black finish as well. If you don’t want that, give your piece a quick scrub with soft toothbrush instead.
Bras brushes are usually sold in almost every tool store and are fairly inexpensive. The one in the video costs 3 EUR in retail.
When you have more time or try to clean jewelry that has been left neglected for a longer period, dip your pieces into a lovely bath. You shall need:
- A small bowl
- Aluminum foil
- Warm water
- Soda bicarbona and detergent
- A soft brush (perhaps an old toothbrush)
- Soft cloth or an old cotton T-shit to rins off moisture
Place aluminimum foil on the bottom of the bowl, add warm water and normal soap detergent. Rubbin alcohol (or isopropyl alcohol) will also work well, or soda bicarbona. Place your pieces in a bath, make sure they are fully submerged in water and the bottom is touching aluminium foil.
Leave in place for an hour or two. After, scrub with a soft brush or a soft cloth, rinse clean and dry completely.
(avoid any kind of bleach)
Cleaning a chain is similar to ”quick scrub” and ”adding shine”. Pay attention to the fact that chains can get stuck easily and therefore break. Wrap the chain around your fingers, as shown in the video, so that it stays still while scrubbing. Usually scrubbing it with a bras brush works best and gives the fastest result. But be extremely carefull and gentle, specially when dealing with thinner chain.