Wondering how to keep your fragile or fine costume jewelry clean? There are plenty of products specifically geared for cleaning costume jewelry. You need to make sure that the cleaner doesn’t contain ammonia, vinegar, or any other acids or alcohols. Read the label and make sure you are using a cleaner safe for whatever material your costume jewelry is made from (silver, gold, brass, bronze, copper, chrome, stainless steel, aluminum, pearls, opals, marble and any gems.)
Don’t use soap and water, because most soaps will leave a residue on the metal and make the stones look dull. Windex can damage delicate stones and finishes. Vinegar is also harmful to the gemstones.
To simply get the dust and dirt off of your costume jewelry, use the softest toothbrush that you can find. Or use a very soft cloth to clean the surface of stones and gold or silver. You’ll want that costume jewelry shining to the best of its ability!
You must thoroughly dry all of your jewelry adornments after cleaning! Keep moisture away from stored jewelry also, because dampness is a culprit that encourages verdigris, rust, pitting of plated metals, and other damaging conditions.
When researching how to clean costume jewelry, it’s also important to find out how often you should clean your jewelry. If you wear it daily or pretty often, then clean your jewelry weekly. For items that you pull out of the jewelry box and wear it only once for special occasions, clean them after you’ve worn them or just before you put them back into storage. To avoid scratching your costume jewelry and other jewelry items, keep them separated from each other in a box, pouch, or cloth.
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