White gold is one of the most beautiful, brilliantly clean and extensively used materials for jewelry making all around the world. Rings made of white gold give a wonderful shine when new, but with a passage of time give way to some loss in that initial luster. They become dull with constant exposure to various shine diminishing products like hand soap, dishwashing detergents, skin lotions, gardening materials, body oils and water. Cleaning your white gold ring safely is an essential part of your jewelry’s maintenance and you can easily go about this task by following the steps explained below.
Tools and Materials Needed:
- 2 Bowls
- Warm water
- Baking soda
- Child’s toothbrush
- Soap (optional)
- Cotton ear swab
- Clean water
- Soft cloth/jewelry polishing cloth
Step 1 - Soak the Ring
Arrange a towel on a flat table and place two respective bowls containing warm water on it. Mix up a single spoon of baking soda into one of the bowls and place your rings in it. Allow the jewelry to get soaked in the mixture for about 15 to 30 minutes.
Step 2 - Apply Toothpaste and Use a Brush
Get a child’s toothbrush and put a little amount of toothpaste on it. Get the ring out of your mixture and hold it gently. Rub the toothbrush all around the ring with great caution assuring that toothpaste gets to all the possible curves and crevices of your ring. Use a cotton ear swab for the pongs or grooves if the design of your jewelry requires such an application.
Step 3 - Soak in Clean Water
Place your clean ring into the other respective bowl of clean water and swirl it until the toothpaste completely rinses off. Mixing soap into this water might also allow you to get rid of the paste more quickly. The chemicals or possible elements in the soap will also allow the eradication of any possible dirt or dust left on the ring. Only chlorine should never be used on white gold as it can cause serious damage to its outlook.
Step 4 - Tap it Dry
Once the ring is rinsed off, get it out and place it on the towel. Tap your ring dry. It is worthy to note that the cleaning process will only increase the radiance and possible shine of your ring but will not eradicate any possible scratches on your jewelry item.
Step 5 - Provide a Final Polish
Use a soft piece of cloth (like chamois) or the jewelry polishing cloth (if you possess one) to provide a final polishing to the ring. If any traces of the materials applied in the cleanliness process remain, use a plain cotton swab to remove it. This cleanliness process should have added luster back to your ring, but if you find your ring still a little pale yellowish in color a visit to a jeweler for a re-coat in rhodium is a well recommended and relatively inexpensive option that you can sought out.
It is always recommended to take off your rings when you shower or wash your hands, as soap residues will tarnish its shine over time.