How to Safely Clean White Gold Chains

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What You'll Need
Detergent-free soap
A toothbrush

White gold can become dull and yellow over time. The lustre of this gold can be brought back by cleaning it properly. There are a few necessary steps to follow to ensure you both clean the gold and prevent any damage to it.

Step 1 - Soak 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 - Clean 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 - Dry 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 - Polish Your White Gold

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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 - Store Your White Gold

Store your 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 reduce the chances of plating loss.

Step 6 - Prevent 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 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 - Replate 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 Plate Your White Gold

White gold can be plated with a thin coating of platinum. This process costs about $100 and will last about five years. The plating of platinum will provide your white gold with even more protection.