There are many reasons to use hand sanitizer these days but it is important to know that it could be harmful to rings, bracelets, watches, and other jewelry. Learn more about how exposing your jewelry to hand sanitizer could damage it. If you are ready to sell or buy a beautiful bracelet or watch, contact GNJ Pawn Big at (661) 224-1999.
Hand Sanitizer Can Damage Jewelry in Several Ways
There are actually a few different ways that hand sanitizer can hurt your jewelry. It is very tough on germs – which is great – but it is also tough on precious metals. That is not so great. It will not cause immediate damage but it can cause long-term issues. It can result in the shine of your gold fading over time.
Hand sanitizer can also loosen the settings on your jewelry by weakening the prongs that hold in your gemstones. Eventually, your gemstones could fall out altogether. Since these issues do not happen immediately but rather over time, many jewelry owners have no idea that the hand sanitizer might be to blame.
How to Use Hand Sanitizer without Harming Your Jewelry
There are a few steps you can take to maximize the lifespan and beauty of your jewelry. First, if you are going to sanitize your hands, make sure you remove your rings and other jewelry. Then wait until the hand sanitizer has dried before you put your jewelry back on. This prevents exposure to the harsh chemicals in the disinfectant.
Consider Not Wearing Jewelry Right Now
It might be best to minimize the jewelry you wear right now. You could skip wearing jewelry as a rule, or just be sure to take it off if you are taking a quick trip to the store or running errands. You can then sanitize as often as you need to without worrying about exposing your jewelry or accidentally leaving it behind.
Clean Your Jewelry Regularly
Using harsh cleaners can damage jewelry but that does not mean that you do not need to clean them. In fact, the opposite is true. You can clean most jewelry with nothing more than warm water and a dab of dish soap. If you have a unique type of jewelry, you can look at care instructions to find out if there is a specialty cleaner that will be safer for it.
Do You Need New Pieces or Want to Sell Old Ones?
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