Whether your earrings are gold plated, solid silver, 925 sterling sliver, brass, dangling beads or glittering gemstones, it's always smart to keep your ear love clean. Earrings spend a long time in contact with your skin, and if they're not properly sanitized they can cause an infection. It's especially important to clean your earrings if your piercings are new. With most of the earrings we offer at Culturesse, you can eaily clean them at home with the following 'weird' tips :)
Gold Plated Earrings
Gold plated earrings is where a thin layer of real gold covers a different metal. Only the outer layers are real gold. Earrings that are gold plated over sterling silver is safe for sensitive ears.
Clean gold plated earrings with a soft bristled toothbrush and toothpaste or baking soda. If you piece is tarnished, spray some WD-40 (We can see you frowning!) directly on the affected spot, leave for a few minutes then wipe off. Why? Becasue a thin spray of WD-40 not only removes tarnish, but also helps prevent tarnish from building up again as it seals out moisture.
Silver/925 Sterling Silver Earrings
To maintain shine to your solid silver or 925 sterling silver earrings with gold plating, wear it often – the oils in your skin will help keep it looking it’s best!
That being said, make sure to avoid contact with household chemicals, perspiration and chlorinated water: these may cause corrosion and tarnish your earrings.
To clean, use a soft toothbrush and toothpaste or baking soda. Another option is to polish using a microfibre or another soft, non abrasive cloth. Do not use paper towel or tissue to polish your earrings as they contain fibres which can scratch the silver.
Clean brass earrings carefully with a soft toothbrush or your fingers, in mild liquid soap. Make sure to dry it carefully once it is clean.
To remove dullness or tarnish, smear tomato sauce over the item and leave for a couple of minutes as the mild acid in tomatoes removes tarnish and dirt from brass. You may also wish to use a commercial brass cleaner from supermarkets, which remove any tarnishing immediately.
Finally, use a soft, dry cloth to rub a small amount of olive oil into the piece, which will help retain it’s shine.