As we all know that pearls are actually organic gems, which definitely need a proper care and cleaning to keep itself alive for a longer time.
If we talk about hardness, pearls are considered as not so hard substance as it falls between 2.5 – 4.5 on Mohs hardness scale and hence these gems catch scratches very easily.
That’s why it is advised to not to clean your pearls with any external chemical or substances.
Now, here we have brought few tips which you shouldn’t do while cleaning your pearl jewelry.
Things to avoid while cleaning pearls:
#1 Avoid Toothbrush or Other Hard Substance to Clean Pearls
Never use a toothbrush or other brushes to clean pearls. Well, we already know that pearls can catch scratches very easily and the hairs of toothbrushes are very hard as it’s for cleaning teeth, which is the hardest part of the body.
So, never use toothbrushes.
#2 Avoid Utensil’s Cleaner
Many pearl lovers think to clean the gems using utensil cleaners but trust me, it’s a rubbish idea. If you are doing so, you are shortening the lifespan of your beloved pearls.
Experts advise not to use any type of cleaner which contains chlorine bleach, vinegar or ammonia.
Some may think to use baking soda but it’s also not healthy for your pearls.
If your cleaning job is not getting done by plane water, then use soap (chemical free would be better).
#3 Say no to ultrasonic cleaner
Ultrasonic cleaning is nothing but cleaning stuff using ultrasound with an appropriate cleaning solvent (maybe water).
It basically shortens the life of Pearl, which definitely you wouldn’t want.
#4 Also say no to steam cleaning
As the name suggests, steam cleaning involves cleaning things using steam and in the case of pearls, it is not advised.
#5 Never go with jewelry cleaning chemical advertised on TV
In several cases, the agent which are advertised on TV for jewelry cleaning contains harsh chemicals that definitely isn’t good for pearls.
One thing you must understand that every gem is different, so its cleaning process.
#6 Never heat your pearls directly
Not only pearls, heating any gem directly, isn’t good for its health and reduces its lifespan and shine.
Here, heating doesn’t only mean putting gems in the microwave but also involves putting gems directly in sunlight for a longer period of time.
So these were the few tips, which you should not do while cleaning your pearls.
As per as expert advice, to clean pearls, one should only use soft cloth and water. If you want to use some chemical, then use only those which are labeled as “safe for pearls”.