Gold jewellery is a popular choice by men and women alike, but what can you do when it becomes dull and dirty? Well, did you know you should polish and protect your jewellery twice a year. Any more, and your gold may become damaged, and any less, your jewellery will begin to look lacklustre.
So, how do you avoid this? Follow this handy guide to reveal the best ways to polish and clean gold jewellery! Plus, if you’re looking to protect silver, we have a guide for that too! Check it out here.
How To Clean Gold Jewellery
To clean your jewellery in a non-abrasive way, you should soak it first to help dislodge any built-up grime. Grab a bowl of warm water, simply add small amounts of baking soda and washing up liquid. Mix it slightly and place your jewellery into the bowl to soak. Leave it there for around five minutes, or longer if your gold is particularly soiled.
After sufficient time soaking, remove your jewellery from the bowl and grab a small soft bristled brush or toothbrush, and scrub the gold gently. Pay attention to small crevices and surfaces with engraving, as these can be areas with the most hidden build up.
Once you are happy that all of the grime has been dislodged, you can give your jewellery a final rinse. Place your gold under warm running water, and rinse until there is no soap suds, dirt deposits or baking soda left visible.
How To Polish Gold Jewellery
Using a soft clean microfibre cloth, wipe the jewellery until it is dry. Avoid using paper towels or any other drying tools, as they may damage the fragile gold metal. If you don’t have a microfibre cloth to hand, you can always let your jewellery air dry.
Once it is dry, you should polish your gold to give it some real sparkle. Using a new microfibre cloth, or a jeweller’s cloth if you have one handy, gently wipe the surface of the gold in circular motions. Continue this action until you are happy with the shine.
Protect Your Gold Jewellery
Now that your jewellery is clean, polished and gleaming, you should take some extra steps to ensure it stays this way in the future. Avoid wearing your jewellery whilst you are sweating, or wearing lotion, perfume or hairspray. As gold is acidic, these liquids can damage the material leading to further issues. If it is not possible to avoid contact with these liquids, always rinse and dry your jewellery as soon as possible after exposure.
You should also avoid wearing your jewellery when working out, participating in manual labour, or any activity that may lead to bumps and scratches to your gold. These scratches are difficult to repair once they have occurred, so best practice is to avoid them all together.
Finally, you should protect your jewellery with a spray of WD-40® Multi-Use Product after each clean. Simply spray some product onto a microfibre cloth and massage into the gold. This will provide an invisible layer of dirt and water repelling protection for your jewellery, helping it to stay shinier for longer.
So, there you have it. Sparkling gold jewellery sure to impress everyone you meet! If you found this blog useful and would like to know how else WD-40® can help you with your daily tasks, check out our blog page here. As well as polishing your gold jewellery you will discover WD-40® has many more uses around the home too!