Apart from being beautiful, gold is a soft metal as well, and therefore needs regular maintenance. Ideally, you should polish and protect gold jewelry one or two times in a year. This is because if gold articles are polished too frequently, they can be severely damaged. But if you are careful and diligent, you can restore the shine of your gold items. The following techniques detail how to do a normal gold polish, remove scratches and protect your gold.
Take a bowl and fill it with water. Small amounts of baking soda and dish soap need to be added. Place the gold in the mixture. Now you need to leave it there for a few minutes.
Use a toothbrush with soft bristles for scrubbing the gold. In this case a toothbrush that is of a smaller size is best suited for this. Make sure that you are scrubbing the article gently. There is no need for applying much pressure. Ensure that you scrub the crevices if any.
Now you can rinse the article. After scrubbing, you need to run the gold under warm water. You need to ensure that all the mixture has been washed away. Examine the gold to see if there is any tarnish left.
Use a cloth to wipe the gold dry. Be careful that you use a soft cloth for drying the gold off. Avoid using paper towels or products like that as they can leave scratches on the gold. Alternatively, you can let it dry in the air.
To finish the gold polish, wipe the gold article with a jeweler’s cloth. Wipe the surface gently along with any debris that may have remained. If there isn’t any left, wipe the article a few more times to increase the shine of the gold.
You should avoid wearing gold during any activity that may cause you to sweat. Sweat can lead to damaging your gold as it is acidic. If it isn’t possible to take it off while you’re doing that activity, then make sure that you wipe the article with a soft cloth afterwards.
Avoid using lotion while you are wearing gold. Lotion is amongst the list of cosmetic items that can damage gold. Perfume and hairspray are also cosmetics that can damage gold.
You have to be careful in your movements if you are wearing gold. You have to be careful that the gold you are wearing doesn’t bump into other things as that can give it scratches and damage it.
If you have gold that is less durable, then limit wearing it on a daily basis.
One of the simplest things to do in the case of tarnished gold is spraying it with WD-40. WD-40 isn’t a gold polish but it can help to protect and prolong the life of gold products such as gold jewelry. Helping it to stay beautiful and shiny for longer