How to Take Care of Stainless Steel Jewelry

 

Stainless steel jewelry is very fashionable this day and age, and they find a place in every jewelry box and accessory collection.

Think of any form of jewelry on the market today, you will certainly find its stainless steel version. Of course, there are stainless steel wrist watches, rings, layered necklaces, statement earrings, as well as bangles of different styles. It all depends on your needs.

The beauty of it all is that stainless steel jewelry is durable; they do not rust or corrode easily, and do possess a hard and cool look.

However, most people generally take the state of their stainless steel jewelry for granted due to its non corrosive feature. They often do not care for the stainless steel items as they would care for jewelry made from other metals. This is not good enough as the jewelry tends to lose its glamorous look overtime due to scratches and stains.

So, if you want your stainless steel fashion jewelry to look like a brand new for longer time, it is important that you learn how to care for it. In this post, we provide you with a simple guide on how you can conveniently take care of your stainless steel jewelry. The total process of taking care of your stainless steel jewelry includes: handling, cleaning and storing.

What is stainless steel?

It is an alloy of iron with a minimum of 105.5% of chromium. Beside iron and chromium, stainless steel also includes other metals such as titanim and copper and non-metal elements such as nitrogen and carbon to enhance its structure.

There are many different variations of stainless steel special to its usage. For example austentic stainless steel which offers high heat resistance is prefered in industrial piping whereas martensitic stainless steel is used in kitchen knives thanks to its hardness.

It is easy to confuse stainless steel with silver, titanium or palladium so always make sure you check with your seller.

Taking Care of Stainless Steel Jewelry

Your valuable jewelry should be handled with care. Avoid rough handling and scratching of the stainless steel jewelry on hard surfaces.

Frequent scratching of your jewelry will reduce its brilliance and value.

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Cleaning Stainless Steel Jewelry

It is important that you always cleanse your stainless steel jewelry so it can last long. They are very easy to wipe with a piece of cloth, and all this can be done at home.

Of course, there are several methods for cleaning your stainless steel jewelry. We will share with you three of these methods. So you don’t have to invest on any special or expensive cleanser to have it done. You can choose any of the three options provided below:

Cleaning Method 1: Use of Soap and Water

This method involves the use of mild dish soap and water.

Add a little soap in a small bowl of water and dip the corner of a soft cloth into the soapy water. Then, rub the cloth along the grain of jewelry. Do not rub across the grain so you won’t scratch the jewelry. You can use a soft-bristled toothbrush dipped in the soapy water to scrub any tough stain.

Afterwards, you can dip the stainless steel jewelry in clean water and rinse thoroughly.

Wipe away the water with dry cloth and then, polish the jewelry with jewelry polish. If you’re using polish, make sure it is labeled as safe for stainless steel. Avoid using silver polish so it will not stain your jewelry.

Furthermore, ensure you are going along with the grain and not across it when polishing your stainless steel jewelry.

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Cleaning Method 2: Use of Baking Soda and Water

This method involves the use of mixed baking soda and water to make a paste.

You will then dip your soft-bristled toothbrush into the mixture and use it to scrub the jewelry gently along the grain, not across so you won’t scratch it.

Once this is done all over the jewelry, you can now rinse it in warm water until the baking soda comes off.

Wipe the water away with dry cloth and then, polish the jewelry with a piece of cloth

Cleaning Method 3: Use of Toothpaste

This method involves the use of plain, white toothpaste that does not contain silica.

Put a small amount of the toothpaste on a dampened soft cloth and gently rub against the grain, and not across the jewelry. You can use a soft-bristled toothbrush with a little toothpaste to wipe any tough stain.

Afterwards, you can dip the stainless steel jewelry in clean water and rinse thoroughly.

Wipe away the water with dry cloth and then, polish the jewelry with jewelry polish.

Storing Stainless Steel Jewelry

You should keep your stainless steel jewelry in a clean and safe place, where there won’t be any physical and chemical harm if you don’t want it to get scratched and stained.

Avoid storing your stainless steel jewelry in the same jewelry box as your rose gold rings or cocktail rings.

Doing this might cause to stain to your stainless steel jewelry and make it to lose its brilliance. If you want them to be in the same container, you can separate them by wrapping them in a soft-tissue paper or putting a soft cloth bag before storing them.