Are you an avid jewelry collector or have a collection of old or antique jewelry that needs to be cleaned? You’ll be surprised by how simple cleaning can change the look and feel of your jewelry. However, by investing in an ultrasonic jewelry cleaner, your jewelry can even look brand new.
With this in mind, read on to learn all about ultrasonic jewelry cleaners and how to get the most out of your cleaners so you can start taking care of your jewelry like a pro!
How Does an Ultrasonic Jewelry Cleaner Work?
Ultrasonic jewelry cleaners are great investments because of their ability to clean jewelry in a professional way. Through the chemicals in the solution of your choice and the ultrasonic waves the cleaner produces, it’s able to remove oil, dirt, tarnish, and even mold.
Ultrasonic cleaners use a process called “cavitation” in order to get your jewelry shiny and looking like new. Cavitation is when alternating positive and negative pressure creates micro-bubbles. As these bubbles form and collapse millions of times against your jewelry, the pressure, heat, and velocity created knocks all kinds of debris off your jewelry.
You can see how this kind of effect is impossible to replicate on your own with a simple solution and cloth. You’re also not able to reach nooks and crannies that an ultrasonic cleaner is able to reach with the micro-bubbles it creates.
1. Use the Right Kind of Jewelry
First and foremost, you’ll want to make sure that your kind of jewelry is safe to use with an ultrasonic jewelry cleaner. A good rule of thumb that’s easy to remember is to avoid putting your organic jewelry into the cleaner.
This is because organic gems are porous which makes them prone to damage. Avoid cleaning these kinds of materials with your ultrasonic cleaner:
Most hard gemstones such as sapphire, ruby, garnet, and amethyst are fine to use in an ultrasonic cleaner because they’re less prone to damage. This also includes diamonds.
You’ll also want to avoid using the ultrasonic cleaner on costume jewelry. Costume jewelry is often made with cheaper, less durable materials that are prone to chipping, cracking, or completely breaking. Read more for a detailed look at Stones Safe for a Cleaner
2. Use the Right Solvent
Now that you know what jewelry is great to use with an ultrasonic cleaner and what jewelry to avoid, you’ll want to choose the right kind of solvent. Although it’s perfectly fine to stick with water in your cleaner, using a solvent will give you the best results.
For instance, the Simple Shine Gentle Jewelry Cleaner Concentrate Solution is notable for its 100% non-toxic and biodegradable formula. The solution alone is able to clean years of built-up grime or just a day’s worth of dirt or dust. Use it by itself or use it in conjunction with water in your jewelry cleaning machine.
Even better, the solution is good for your porous jewelry that isn’t recommended to use in an ultrasonic cleaner. You can clean your porous and soft stones with this solution while your hardier jewelry is placed within the ultrasonic cleaner.
3. Know the Steps
Now that you have the solvent you’ll be using with your ultrasonic cleaner as well as your jewelry ready, here are the easy steps you need to complete to use your cleaner.
Put on your protective gloves and fill the tank of your ultrasonic cleaner with a mixture of water and your cleaning solution. The manufacturer of your cleaner or your solution may have recommendations for the right dilution amounts.
If your ultrasonic cleaner doesn’t include a feature that heats the water for you, you’ll want to make sure you’re putting in warm (not boiling) water. Warm water ensures you’re getting a better clean compared to cold.
You’ll want to run your ultrasonic cleaner for about five minutes before adding your jewelry. This allows the water and solution to mix together properly. You’ll also want to set the time and temperature depending on how dirty your jewelry is.
Now that your ultrasonic cleaner is ready, place your jewelry in the basket. Make sure that the jewelry is spaced apart so that they don’t end up scratching each other while they’re getting cleaned.
Let your ultrasonic cleaner run for as long as necessary. Once it’s finished cleaning your jewelry, be sure to wait for at least ten minutes so you can allow the dirt and grime to settle to the bottom.
If there’s still some residual grime on your jewelry, clean it with a soft brush or cloth. You can then rinse off your jewelry again and dry it.
Professionally Cleaned Jewelry From Home
If you have a large or growing jewelry collection that needs to be maintained regularly, then an ultrasonic jewelry cleaner is the right investment for you. You’ll be able to clean your jewelry whenever you like from the comfort of your own home.
Even better, cleaning your jewelry is simple and straightforward, and you’ll be able to enjoy professional-level cleaning that hopefully leaves your jewelry sparkling and looking new for longer.
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