How to Clean Sterling Silver Jewellery
Stainless steel jewellery is one of the most durable and easy to care for metals there is. In fact your stainless steel will never rust, corrode or oxidise!
It will be sure to be with you for years on end. However, stainless steel can get dirty or scratched.
Luckily enough it is so simple to keep the luster in your jewellery with some of our cleaning and maintaining tips!
Stainless steel loves to be worn. It's one of the gentlest metals as well – it’s hypoallergenic so you can be sure for even the most sensitive skin that
it won’t irritate. It will never fade, change colour or turn your skin green. It rarely needs cleaning and will only need attention when left in poor conditions for a long time.
However, if stainless steel is out and about constantly it will slowly begin to pick up dirt and grime, but there are easy ways to clean it!
1. Soap and water
The main way of cleaning your stainless steel is to use a little soap and water.
Bar soap or dish soap will do fine but if your jewellery is particularly dirty then
try using soap with grease repellent. All that’s required is a bowl of warm water and a small bit of soap.
Let your jewellery submerge in the soap water and let it sit for a few minutes.
Then, using a soft lint free cloth, rub your jewellery gently, taking care to move with the polish lines.
If your jewellery needs an extra scrub, you can try using a new clean toothbrush with soft bristles – ideally a baby toothbrush.
Again, make sure to brush along the polish lines.
If there are some small hard to reach places, like a link chain, a toothpick can be extremely useful to clean these small areas.
When you’re finished cleaning, make sure to rinse clean off all the suds with fresh warm water.
Always dry with a soft lint free cloth or you can let it completely air dry. Simply wrap your jewellery in a dry towel for a few minutes to soak up any excess water.
This can be a lot easier if your jewellery has many delicate groves that are harder to dry with your microfiber cloth.
You can use a special stainless steel polish as well but be sure never to use sterling silver polish as this will stain your stainless steel!
Always make sure your polish is suitable for stainless steel.
2. Baking Soda and Water
Using baking soda is great if your stainless steel is extremely dirty and in need of a little more aggressive clean.
All you need to do is make a paste with one tablespoon of baking powder and ½ a tablespoon of water. You can use a soft lint free cloth to dip into your paste and clean but a baby toothbrush will also work amazingly. You can even substitute vinegar instead of water to create a more acidic paste if your jewellery is particularly dirty. Always remember to clean along the grain of your jewellery.
Again, when you’re finished, rinse until clean and pat dry with your microfiber cloth. Make sure to dry thoroughly as sterling silver that's left wet can leave water stains.
However, an easy way to combat any water stains you might find is to rub with a soft microfibre cloth that's dipped into white distilled vinegar. Afterward, simply rise and dry thoroughly.
Finally, we can polish our sterling steel. A soft lint free polishing cloth will do the trick, just like the hey happiness cloths we offer on our website! We recommend polishing your steel jewellery at least once a month to maintain its shine! Remember, unless your steel jewellery has gotten dirty, there's no need to clean it as it will never corrode.
Frequent polishing will work wonders!When cleaning or polishing, always remember to take extra care with gemstones as they are not as durable as stainless steel!
Some are too fragile to be cleaned with toothbrushes, baking soda, or vinegar.
A gentle rub with a polishing cloth will be enough for these fragile stones.
Our hey happiness microfiber cloth is ideal to bring back the gleam in your jewellery. It even comes in four different colours!
Stainless steel is a lot more hard wearing than other metals, but it can still get scratched.
It's a great idea to keep your stainless steel jewellery in individual jewellery bags to avoid this. Make sure to keep them separated from other jewellery pieces, especially those made from other metals.
If your stainless steel does become scratched a professional jeweller will be able to buff it out for you.
What to avoid
Stainless steel will be damaged by harsh chemicals, particularly abrasive cleaning products, like bleach or chlorine for example.
Always remember to remove your jewellery before entering any pool or when doing any housework!
We always recommend putting any jewellery on last, to avoid any contact with perfumes or lotions!
You can polish your jewellery with a polish designed for stainless steel but never use one that contains wax as it will leave a dulling layer over your jewellery.
It is also common to use toothpaste to clean but have caution as you should never use any that contain silica or teeth whitener.
The great thing about stainless steel is how durable it is, so you can wear all your favourite pieces without worrying about damage.
Just follow our tips and tricks and you can flaunt your hey happiness jewellery everyday for the world to see just how great you look!
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