How to Polish Metal

There are a variety of precious metals out there that you may interact with on a regular basis. That is why it’s important for you to know how to polish metal so that it continues to shine. Gold is one of the precious metals that many people own, but few people know how to take care of. Keep reading and we can help you learn about polishing your precious metals so that they always look their best. 

How to Polish Metal

How to Polish Gold Jewelry

Gold jewelry is one of the most difficult items to polish. Gold in and of itself is very soft and malleable, which means you need to be very careful when you’re polishing it or you can cause some major damage. It gets even worse if you have gemstones in your gold. The more abrasive the substance is, the easier it is to unintentionally knock off the gems and loosen the glue that holds the stones to your jewelry. So, if you use this method, be very careful.

What you will need:

  • Baking soda
  • Toothbrush
  • Water
  • Damp sponge
  • Beer
  • Vinegar
  • Soft cloth
  1. Take your damp sponge and run it over the piece of jewelry, making it wet before you start with the process. This will help polish it better.
  2. Make a compound of the water and the baking soda, only covering the area of the ring that doesn’t have the gemstone. This is so the baking soda doesn’t eat at the glue. Gently scrub at the piece of jewelry with your toothbrush.
  3. Rinse off the jewelry with vinegar, and then with water, until there seems to be no more vinegar on the rings.
  4. Next, it’s time for the beer. It sounds strange, but the compounds in beer can help to get the shine back into your gold with no problems. Make sure that the beer is light (no dark ales, they can kill your gold). Take your soft cloth, put a bit of beer on it, and wipe over your piece of jewelry.
  5. Take another soft cloth and pat it dry, allowing it to sit before you decide to wear it again.

Repeat this process whenever you want to get the shine and sparkle back into your gold jewelry. It’s fairly simple, and you can do it with items that are sitting around your home anyway!

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!