Do you have a gorgeous chain necklace in your jewellery collection, or are you considering purchasing one as a fashion statement? If so, you will want to know how to keep that necklace shining as bright twenty years from now as on the day it was purchased. In this article, we’ll show you how.
Essential Care Tips for Maintaining a Shining Chain
Below are five essential care tips for keeping your chain glimmering and clean. Most of these tips are about taking preventative measures so you don’t have to worry about cleaning your jewellery, but we’ve got some advice on what to use for cleaning, just in case you accidentally spill some wine or gravy on it.
#1 Avoid Wearing Around Chemicals
First, different chemicals and ingredients can potentially harm the finish and cleanliness of your chain necklace. With that said, jewellery experts recommend following the “put it on last, take it off first” rule, which is the principle of putting on your chain necklace after you have finished applying makeup, lotions, perfumes, hairsprays, and any other chemical that could come into contact with your jewellery.
Likewise, it is best to avoid wearing your chain necklace when in swimming pools or hot tubs or doing chores or using cleaning products, as these activities can subject the chain to harmful chemicals and physical damage.
#2 Avoid Wearing in Excessive Heat, Light, and Water
While summer beach trips are on everyone’s mind right now, it’s not a good idea to wear your chain necklace out there. As with chemical harm, chain necklaces have the potential to fade or stain your skin if they are exposed to an excessive amount of heat or light. So, be sure to take off your chain before going sun tanning.
Chain necklaces and other jewellery can also become weaker and damaged by exposure to too much water. For this reason, it is vital to remove jewellery before bathing, showering, or swimming.
#3 Avoid Sleeping in Your Chain Necklace
Our next tip is to always remove your chain necklace before going to bed. While it may seem small enough and comfortable enough to wear to sleep, you could wake up with a damaged or broken chain. It is also possible to irritate your skin if you sleep in your jewellery.
Keeping your chain necklaces away from harmful chemicals, heat, water, and damage from sleeping in them will lead to shinier and stronger chains. These precautionary measures will mean less cleaning and a longer-lasting chain necklace.
#4 Always Store It Properly
Once you’ve removed it, don’t forget to properly store your chain necklace. The best way to do this is to use a jewellery case, tree, or bag and store each piece separately. This will prevent necklaces from getting tangled together and will protect them from damage. Store your chain necklace in its unique container when not in use and when travelling.
#5 Clean It Using Safe Ingredients and Tools
Now, assuming your chain necklace has been well cared for by following those four tips above, you might still need to clean it occasionally. If your chain necklace looks faded, worn, or a little dirty, here’s how you can do a simple cleaning to bring it to a shiny brightness:
- Gather the proper tools and ingredients, including a soft toothbrush, a microfiber or polishing cloth, warm water, and gentle soap.
- Mix some soap into a bowl of warm water and gently dunk the chain necklace into it.
- Carefully brush the necklace with a soft toothbrush to remove dirt and grime.
- Rinse the chain in warm water and pat dry with a soft microfiber cloth.
If your chain needs a little more polishing, you can use a gentle cleaning agent. Mixing a tablespoon of baking soda with some water to make a paste and then brushing this gently with a toothbrush is an excellent solution for polishing silver or gold chains.
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