How to safely clean home decorations with soap and water
Step 1: Start by preparing warm water and soapy water in a bowl. Standard dishwashing detergent is the best soap option for your solution. Be sure to use dishwashing detergent that does not contain bleach, which can damage jewelry, or wetting agents, which can leave a film on jewelry.
Step 2: Place the diamond jewelry in a bowl and let sit for 20 minutes.
Step 3: Remove jewelry and gently clean with a soft-bristled toothbrush.
Step 4: Rinse jewelry with water. Don’t forget to plug the drain you’re holding your jewelry over so you don’t drop them down the drain!
Step 5: Wipe the jewelry with a soft cloth or allow to air dry. Do not use paper towels to dry jewelry, as they can be too harsh and could potentially scratch precious metals.
Step 6: If you feel your jewelry is still a little dirty, just repeat steps 1 to 5.
Wondering how often you should clean your diamond jewelry using this method? As a general rule, we recommend cleaning frequently worn items, such as everyday diamond studs or an engagement ring, about once a month. For jewelry you don’t wear as often, just use this method when you see your jewelry starting to look dull.
DO NOT use harsh chemicals to clean jewelry.
Sometimes people are tempted to use harsh products to clean their jewelry, but we strongly discourage this! Harsh chemicals and physical exfoliants can easily damage precious metals and some gemstones.
There are many common household cleaners that contain harsh chemicals that can easily damage jewelry, such as mirror cleaners, window cleaners, and any cleaner that contains bleach. To prevent accidental damage to your jewelry, we advise you to play it safe and never use harsh chemicals or abrasives to clean your jewelry.
Remove jewelry when applying makeup
Diamond jewelry can become dull or dirty due to the accumulation of dust, dirt and our skin’s natural oils. But they can also get dirty very quickly due to the residue left behind by conventional skincare or beauty products. Things like sunscreen, perfume, lotion, and hairspray can leave an unsightly film on your jewelry. Therefore, to prevent the jewelry from getting dirty quickly, always remove it before applying such products.
DO NOT: Use ultrasonic jewelry cleaners at home
Do you want to keep the diamonds in your hoops safe and sound? Do not use an ultrasonic cleaner to restore their shine.
Ultrasonic jewelry cleaners are designed to clean jewelry using vibration. And while these machines do an excellent job of cleaning jewelry, sometimes they can also damage jewelry. When these machines vibrate, they can begin to loosen the jewelry pins, putting you at risk of losing the stone.
So while ultrasonic jewelry cleaners can effectively clean your jewelry, we caution you against using them at home due to the risk of damaging your jewelry. In our opinion, these machines are simply not worth the risk, especially since you can clean your jewelry effectively and safely just by using the method we described above.
Keep your jewelry safe
When you’re not wearing diamond jewelry, it’s important to store it in a safe place where it won’t get lost, dirty or damaged. By simply putting your jewelry in the same place every time you take it off (like your jewelry box or original box), you help keep it safe and ensure that dust doesn’t build up on it.
In addition, we would like to point out that you should store your diamond jewelry in a separate place (or separate compartment) from your other jewelry. Diamonds are very hard. This means that they can also potentially scratch precious metals or other gems in your jewelry box. Of particular note, we caution you against storing diamond jewelry next to pearls and opals, as these gemstones are very fragile. Store more fragile jewelry separately from diamond jewelry in a soft cloth pouch or cloth-lined box.
Don’t wear diamond jewelry before bed or take it off over the sink.
Remember that jewelry should always be removed before bed, even diamond jewelry.
Second, when you take your jewelry off at night, know that you shouldn’t do it over a sink (or any other drain). Many people take off their jewelry in the bathroom to get ready for bed. But we recommend avoiding this and instead removing your jewelry away from sinks and tubs, as it’s very easy to drop a diamond clasp or diamond ring down the drain.