How to Clean Platinum Jewelry

You know how a day at the spa, or a fresh haircut and blowout makes you feel more beautiful? Just like you, your favorite jewelry pieces need a little bit of self-care to stay looking their best. I’ve found that when my jewelry sparkles to its fullest potential, I feel like I sparkle too – that’s the power of routine jewelry cleaning! Learn how to clean your platinum jewelry with this step-by-step guide. 

What is Platinum?

While platinum is dense, it is also somewhat malleable with a 4 to 4.5 rating on the Mohs Hardness Scale. As well as being dense, platinum is durable requiring less maintenance than gold and hypoallergenic meaning it can be a match made in heaven for those with sensitive skin. Because platinum is rarer and more expensive than gold and silver, it’s that much more important to care for so that it maintains its stunning silvery-white luster.  
 

Getting Started

 Ready to start cleaning your platinum jewelry? You will need the following items:

  • Two bowls
  • Warm water
  • Mild soap
  • Soft cloth
  • Soft-bristled brush

 Start by adding the warm water to each bowl and mixing a couple of drops of mild soap into one of the bowls.

Step 1

Soak jewelry in warm, soapy water.

Warm, soapy water will allow every crevice of the piece to be cleaned and sterilized. Let jewelry soak for 10-20 minutes.

Soaking jewelry in warm, soapy water

Step 2

Using the soft-bristled brush, gently brush your jewelry with the warm, soapy water.

It is important that the brush is soft to avoid any damage to the piece. Pay special attention to the underside or back of your jewelry where dirt and grime can accumulate.
 

Gently brushing jewelry with a soft-bristled brush

Step 3

Rinse your jewelry in warm water.

Rinsing thoroughly prevents soap build-up.  We recommend rinsing your jewelry in a bowl of warm water and not over the sink where your jewelry could slip down a drain.

Step 4

Use a soft, dry cloth to dry your platinum jewelry.

If the cloth is too hard or rough, it may cause damage to the piece by scratching it. 
 

Drying off platinum jewelry

Clean Your Platinum Jewelry with JTV’s Exclusive Cleaning Essentials

For cleaning your platinum jewelry, we recommend using our JTV Cleaning Essentials Jewelry Care System. This gentle system is a tested formula to super-clean your jewelry in just a few steps.

Start by opening the cleanser and pulling out the basket inside the container. Sit your jewelry on the strainer-like surface and slowly let the basket down to the bottom of the container. Let your jewelry soak in the cleanser for about two minutes. After two minutes, slowly pull up the basket and remove your jewelry.

Next, you'll want to take the small touch-up brush and gently clean the surface of your jewelry. Pay special attention to hard-to-reach areas. Rinse jewelry carefully with lukewarm water and blot dry with a soft, dry cloth.

After cleaning, you'll want to use your Cleaning Essentials polishing cloth and rub gently to remove any residue and add a finishing shine.

For more information about each product and its ingredients, visit https://www.jtv.com/help/jewelry-cleaner.

Jewelry Cleaning Essentials Jewelry Care System

How Often Should I Clean My Platinum Jewelry?

The more you wear your platinum jewelry pieces, the more you should clean and polish them. To keep that lustrous shine, you should regularly polish your platinum jewelry and JTV’s Jewelry Cleaning Essentials Polishing Cloth is the perfect tool for polishing everyday jewelry like a wedding band or engagement ring. For everyday platinum jewelry pieces, it is best to clean monthly, but for pieces you only wear occasionally, you might only need to clean every few months and polish right before wear.  

More Tips to Care for Platinum Jewelry

  • To prevent damage or discoloration, remove jewelry when swimming, entering a hot tub, doing a strenuous workout or cleaning with harsh chemicals.
  • Consider removing your platinum jewelry when bathing to keep soap scum from building up on the surface and dulling its shine.
  • Prevent your platinum jewelry from coming into contact with perfumes, hair spray, makeup or lotions.
  • Store jewelry pieces separately to prevent scratching and damage.

 We hope our cleaning guide on platinum jewelry was helpful! For more jewelry care tips, check out our jewelry cleaning guide for overall advice on jewelry maintenance.

Safely storing Platinum jewelry

Erin Smith

Erin enjoys empowering fellow jewelry lovers with the knowledge and tools to care for their jewelry and keep it sparkling like the day they purchased it.

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