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How to Care for Stainless Steel Jewelry

Here’s a simple guide on how to clean and maintain the stainless jewelry pieces in your inventory.

person holding three stainless steel rrngs on top of a wooden  jewelry organizer

Whether you are a retail or wholesale fashion jewelry business, caring for your jewelry is very important. Especially is the case in a health crisis, where cleanliness is the topmost priority. You might also have been allowing customers to try on your jewelry, so disinfection is needed.

You might say the cleaning stainless steel jewelry may seem easy, but not all cleaning techniques may be suitable for this metal. The same is true for maintenance techniques.

This article will discuss easy-to-follow cleaning and maintenance tips for stainless steel jewelry.

Cleaning stainless steel jewelry

Here’s how to clean and disinfect your stainless steel pieces:

  1. Pour warm water into a small bowl. Make sure the amount is enough to soak the jewelry.
  2. Add a few drops of mild liquid dishwashing soap and mix until it created bubbles.
  3. Dip into the soap solution a clean microfiber cloth.
  4. Wipe the stainless steel jewelry gently, making sure not to miss the nooks and crannies.
  5. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush for harder-to-reach areas and brush gently.
  6. After gentle scrubbing, remove the soap off the surfaces with a microfiber cloth dipped in clean water.
  7. Pat them dry with a clean towel, then allow them to air dry completely.
  8. To disinfect, apply some rubbing alcohol into a clean, lint-free towel and scrub the pieces gently.

Maintaining the beauty of stainless steel jewelry

Stainless steel jewelry is generally maintenance-free, does not tarnish, and does not get scratches easily. However, there will be instances where they might get some scratches, for example, if they have been mishandled by staff or a customer.

Here are some useful tips for maintaining the shine and brilliance of stainless steel jewelry:

  1. Wear gloves when handling stainless steel jewelry. This is also recommended during a health crisis.
  2. When updating displays, make sure to place them on a microfiber cloth and not just on any surface after removing them from their displays or holders.
  3. As for storage, store one stainless steel piece separately from others to avoid scratches. If you place them in one large box, make sure to individually wrap them in tissue or velvet cloth. You can also use small self-lock plastic bags.

Removing stubborn scratches

If in the case the pieces get deep scratches, you can have them fixed by a professional. If you think the scratches are not too deep, you can try rubbing the surface of the jewelry with some jewelry polish on a polishing cloth.