How to Safely Clean White Gold Chains
White gold can become dull and yellow over time. The lustre of this gold can be brought back by cleaning it properly. There a few necessary steps to follow to ensure that you both clean the gold and prevent any damage to it.
Step 1 – Soaking Your White Gold
Pour a cup of warm water into another bowl. Add a cup of ammonia to the water. Mix well. Place the white gold items into the solution. Allow the gold to soak for about 15 minutes. Do not leave the items in the solution any longer than 15 minutes. Do not soak any white gold items that contain any gems. Rinse the ammonia off with cool, clear water.
Step 2 – Cleaning Your White Gold
Fill a bowl with warm water. Add some detergent-free soap to the water. Dip your toothbrush into the warm, soapy water. Be sure to use a soft bristled toothbrush. Use the brush to gently scrub your white gold. Rinse the gold items with cool, clear water.
Step 3 – Drying Your White Gold
Use a soft, lint-free cloth to dry the items completely. Be sure to remove any water in order to prevent the development of water spots. Lay the items on another cloth to dry overnight. If possible, use a hairdryer to dry the items. Be sure to use the dryer on a low setting.
Step 4 – Polishing Your White Gold
Use a soft, lint-free cloth to polish your gold items. Buff the gold in small circular motions with the cloth. Continue buffing until you have achieved the best polished finish possible.
Step 5 – Storing Your White Gold
Store you white gold separately from other items. Gold scratches easily and white gold can also lose its plating. Place the items in a separate storage container to prevent as much scratching as possible and to reduces the chances of plating loss.
Step 6 – Preventing the Exposure to Chemicals
Many white gold items contain nickel alloy. Household chemicals can negatively affect the nickel. The gold will become dull and change color. Remove any white gold items that you are wearing whenever you are using household cleaners and chemicals. You should also remove these items when you are applying hand creams and perfumes.
Step 7 – Replating Your White Gold
If possible, take your white gold items to be replated about every eighteen months. Most white gold is plated with rhodium. It is the rhodium that creates the white gold appearance rather than a yellow or brown gold cast. The process of replating your white gold is generally an inexpensive service, costing as little as twenty dollars.
Step 8 – Platinum Plating Your White Gold
White gold can be plated with a thin coating of platinum. This process costs about $100 and will last about 5 years. The plating of platinum will provide your white gold with even more protection.