General Tips for Polishing Precious Metals
Other than the method listed above, there are several other methods that you could use in order to polish gold and other precious metals.
- Soak your jewelry in a cup of liquid soap and water for 15 minutes, scrub with an old toothbrush, and rinse.
- Soak your jewelry in 6 parts water to 1 part ammonia mixture for 30 seconds or so, pop it out, rinse and dry thoroughly. It is not recommended that you use this often because ammonia can eat away at some precious metals quickly.
- Use an old toothbrush and some toothpaste to scrub at the piece of jewelry and rinse.
- Boil your jewelry for a short while to eliminate substances that just won’t come off (oils and other greasy substances can be difficult to eliminate, but boiling normally works for them).
If your jewelry has any gemstones, you need to be especially careful of cleaning it. Some of the more abrasive materials can actually cause your gemstones to start falling over, which you don’t want to happen either. Just take care with any of your gemstones and you shouldn’t have to worry about it.
Overall, polishing your precious metals isn’t incredibly difficult as long as you’re careful and make sure to gauge your timing correctly. Take the time to do it and everything in your home will look shiny and new!