How to Go About Polishing Gold

Who doesn’t love gold, huh? I mean the sight of gold jewellery can excite even the most dormant of hearts. Women, in particular, wear gold jewellery with great pride and style. However, there might come such a time when your gold jewellery might cease to look and shine as it once did. Well, that doesn’t mean that it’s time for you to toss that valuable ornament away and get a new one—not many people can afford to do that. However, it does mean that your gold ornament is in the need of a thorough cleaning and polishing job. But how do you go about doing that? Well, here are the steps involved in the polishing of gold.

Soak the Gold in the Magical Mixture

Regardless of whether it’s a gold chain that you need to polish or a ring, the fact of the matter is that you’ll need the help of a magical mixture to go about it. What does this mixture comprise of? Well, the magical mixture comprises of baking soda, dish soap and water. Yes, that’s it! All you need to do is fill a bowl with water and add a small quantity of baking soda into it, followed by dish soap. Next, you’re supposed to submerge your piece of gold into this mixture for a few minutes, so that the magical concoction may get the time to work its magic!

Scrub, Scrub and Scrub

Once the mixture has had adequate time to have an effect on your piece of gold, the next step for you would be to scrub your gold free of all kinds of dirt and gunk. However, when it comes to scrubbing, it’s imperative for you to be extremely cautious about the equipment you choose for the job. Why? Well, it’s because choose something too hard and might not only get rid of the dirt but ruin the beauty of your gold as well. A baby sized toothbrush would be ideal for the job. When scrubbing, it’s also important to bear in mind that there is no need for you to apply excessive force or pressure. Scrubbing with gentle hands will do the job just fine!

Rinse It Off

Once you’ve carried out a thorough (and careful) scrubbing job, it is time for you to rinse your piece of gold in order to get rid of all of the “magical mixture” and unwanted gunk. It is recommended for you to choose warm water for the job, instead of cold one, owing to the various properties of warm water. While rinsing, it’s to be ensured that you get rid of ALL of the baking soda mixture from the surface and corners of your gold. Once you have rinsed your piece of gold thoroughly, inspect it to see if the procedure generated suitable results or not. If you are not satisfied, repeat the procedure once more to get better results.

Get It Dry

Once you have rinsed the piece of gold thoroughly and are satisfied with the results, the next step involved in the polishing of gold requires you to dry your moist gold ornament. Sounds simple enough, right? Well, the fact of the matter is that it’s easy to make a mistake here and end up getting scratches all over your gold ornament, tarnishing its beauty in the process. In order to ensure that you’re able to get your piece of gold dry without scratching it, it is recommended for you to soft cloth for the purpose of getting it dry. The usage of paper towels and tissue papers is NOT recommended, owing to how these products can do more bad than good. Remember: you need to get your gold ornament dry, not get it scratched!

The Touch of a Jeweller’s Cloth

To finish up the process of polishing your piece of gold, you are going to need a jeweller’s cloth. A jeweller’s cloth can be purchased easily at jewellery stores and supermarkets. All you need to do is take the jeweller’s cloth and wipe the surface of your gold gently. This will give the gold a shine and polish. Also, if you see any remaining debris or gunk on your piece of gold, feel free to take care of it with your jeweler’s cloth. Wipe your gold a couple of times—at least—with the jeweller’s cloth to give it a much-deserved polish!


When you talk about polishing gold, a special mention has got to be given to the multi-purpose spray we know and love, by the name of WD-40. Why? Well, it is because polishing gold is among the two thousand uses that WD-40 has been known for.

The usage of WD-40 for the purpose of polishing gold dramatically simplifies the entire procedure. The usage of WD-40 requires you to spray a clean rag with WD-40 spray, until it’s soaked, and then wipe your gold piece with the dampened cloth gently to remove all the product. And…that’s it! With WD-40, this is all you need to do for the purpose of polishing gold.

Apart from the dramatic simplification, there’s another advantage that the usage of WD-40 for polishing gold comes with: the removal of scratches. The method that has been highlighted earlier is effective, no doubt, but it fails to take care of the scratches that might exist on the surface of your piece of gold. With WD-40, however, you can be sure of the fact that not only will your gold will be polished but any scratches may be less visible.