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
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.
As an educator and professional freelance writer, Laurie Bloomfield holds a Master's Degree in Language Education. Her publication portfolio contains hundreds of articles on a variety of subjects including home improvement, do it yourself projects and landscaping, as well as finance, parenting and education. She provides high quality articles ranging from traditional to contemporary topics in both print and digital formats.
Dawn Hammon has thrived in freelance writing and editor roles for nearly a decade. She has lived, worked, and attended school in Oregon for many years. Dawn currently spends her days convincing her children she is still smarter than them while creating new experiences with her husband of 24 years.&nbsp;
Her multiple interests have led her to frequently undergo home improvement projects. She enjoys sharing the hard-earned knowledge that comes with it with the audience of DoItYourself.com. Dawn and her sister make up a power-tool loving duo that teaches classes to local women with the goal of empowering them to tackle their fears and become comfortable with power tools.
Tapping into her enthusiasm for saving money and devotion to sustainable practices, Dawn has recently launched a passion project aimed at connecting eco-friendly products and socially-responsible companies with consumers interested in making conscientious purchases, better informing themselves about products on the market, and taking a stand in favor of helping to save the planet.
When she is not providing stellar online content for local, national, and international businesses or trolling the internet for organic cotton clothing, you might find her backpacking nearby hills and valleys, traveling to remote parts of the globe, or expanding her vocabulary in a competitive game of Scrabble.
Dawn holds a bachelor's degree in psychology, which these days she mostly uses to provide therapy for her kids and spouse. Most recently, I worked for a small local professional organizing and estate sale company for four years where I learned a ton about organizing and/or disposing of just about anything.
She was raised in a tool-oriented, hands-on, DIY family. Her dad worked in the floor covering business and owned local floor covering businesses, so of course selling floor covering was one of her first jobs. Her brother was a contractor for about 30 years and site supervisor for Habitat for Humanity. I worked with him often, building decks, painting houses, framing in buildings, etc. With her sister, she holds power tool classes to empower women who are scared or have never used them.
Not quite homesteaders, she did grow up with a farm, tractors, motorcycles, expansive gardens, hay fields, barns, and lots of repairs to do. Plus she and her family preserved foods, raised cattle and pigs, chopped and hauled firewood, and performed regular maintenance on two households, outbuildings, fencing, etc.
As an adult, she has owned two houses. The first one she personally ripped out a galley kitchen and opened it up to the living area, plus updated every door, floor covering, and piece of trim in the place. In her current home, she's tackled everything from installing real hardwood flooring to revamping the landscape.