The people who get body piercings are amazing. They are brave to handle some pain so that they can stand out from the crowd. But the best thing about them is how dedicated they are to their love of body jewelry. They take care of it like a baby, and why not. These body jewelry pieces are fragile, and without care, they don’t last long.
Some of the jewelry also doesn’t come cheap, so you also got the monetary reason to care for them. So here are some super helpful body jewelry maintenance tips that will help you keep your body jewelry for a long time –
Know About the Materials
The first step to know about body jewelry maintenance is to what kind of jewelry you have. The maintenance techniques of gold jewelry cannot be used for a silver piece. Similarly, the cleaning solution used for gold will not work well for acrylic or glass stuff.
It would help if you familiarized yourself with the jewelry material types and the specifics of cleaning them. You can contact a your piercer to know more about it in detail.
Take care of the Dangles.
Most high-quality jewelry is made of surgical-grade, tarnish proof stainless steel. This is great as it is safe and easy to maintain material. In some pieces, like belly rings or tragus rings, there are dangles attached. Unless you are paying a top dollar for it, the dangles on these pieces are not made of Stainless steel.
They may tarnish due to oils from your skin. These faux pieces can be easily cleaned with toothpaste. After the toothpaste, wash the piece with an antibacterial soap solution before using it again.
Keep them Separate
If you don’t like scratches or marks on your jewelry, keep all of your pieces separate. It would help if you got small jewelry boxes but make sure the box is cleaned properly before using it. Any dirt can also damage the softer jewelry.
Silver Is Soft
Silver pieces scratch way too easily. It would help if you got yourself a silver polish and a soft cotton cloth to rub them. For hard to clean, small pieces, you should use a baby toothbrush or a small q-tip.
Make sure you dry them properly after washing them. And don’t forget to avoid bleach, ammonia, acetone, alcohol, or turpentine when dealing with faux silver jewelry.
Gold is slightly easier to manage than other materials. You can use gentle soap and water for basic cleaning. Don’t immerse gold body jewelry with gemstones in water. It will loosen the adhesive of the gemstones.
Use Some Common Sense
You can use the best of the best chemicals to clean your jewelry but not using common sense while wearing will deteriorate them. If you are playing sports or in the gym, it is best to avoid dangling pieces or the slightly oversized ones.
When you are in an area with lots of dust or dirt, it is best to avoid body jewelry. The dirt can lead to tarnishing, or even bacteria build up.