Caring for Stainless Steel Jewelry
Stainless steel jewelry is strong, durable and will not rust or tarnish. It's hypoallergenic making it ideal for those with metal allergies. Let's break it down!
Steel is composed of carbon, nickel, and chromium. To be considered stainless, it must contain at least 12% chromium. Chromium creates a protective layer that prevents oxygen and moisture from corroding the steel, therefore making it resistant to rust and corrosion.
Although stainless steel jewelry is durable, it is still susceptible to scratches and dirt. Follow these simple steps to keep your stainless steel jewelry clean and looking new!
1. Fill two small bowls with warm water and add a few drops of dish soap to the first bowl.
2. Dip the corner of a soft, lint-free, non-abrasive cloth, such as a microfiber cloth in the soapy water and gently wipe clean your stainless steel jewelry. Be sure to wipe with the grain lines to prevent scratching. You can also use a soft-bristled toothbrush to clean dirt away from detailed areas. Be sure to scrub with the grain as well.
3. Dip your jewelry into the second bowl of water to rinse it, making sure to remove all soap residue.
4. Thoroughly dry your jewelry with a clean cloth to prevent water spots.
5. If necessary, polish your jewelry with a polishing cloth or a jewelry polish that is safe to use with stainless steel.
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How to Clean Stainless Steel Jewelry
Since stainless steel may scratch, it's best to store your jewelry in a way that minimizes damage. Separate your stainless steel jewelry from jewelry made of other metals. You can store them individually in plastic bags, soft pouches or some sort of jewelry organizer. If you noticed your jewelry is scratched, you can always take it to a jeweler to have it professionally polished.