How to Clean Pearls in 6 Super-Easy Steps

Pearls can get super expensive. And that's why once you splurge on them, you want to make sure that you can wear them for a very long time. One thing that's essential in extending their lifecycle and preserving their coveted luster and shine? Keeping them clean—but doing so in the proper way. There is such a thing as cleaning them too often, of course, so it's vital to know and when not to take out the cleaning supplies. To help you, we decided to create a step-by-step guide that covers exactly pearls in six super-easy steps. Best of all though? You likely already have everything you need to shine your pearls. Read on for an easy-to-follow guide, and then shop our favorite pearl jewelry on the market.

1. Wipe Them After Each Wear

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This is something you should always do. Wiping the pearl down with a lint-free cloth after each wear ensure dirt and oil buildup is limited.

2. Create a Soapy Water Solution 

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If the pearl is visibly covered in dirt, create a water-soap solution, using a mild dish soap and lukewarm water. (Note: Do not submerge the pearl in the solution.)

3. Dampen the Lint-Free Cloth

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Lightly dampen a lint-free cloth with the water solution. Do not soak it so it's dripping wet, though.

4. Wipe the Pearl

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Gently wipe down the peal with the dampened cloth.

5. Rinse Off the Pearl

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This is an important step. Once you've wiped off the pearl, rinse it under lukewarm water. It's very important, though, that you do not leave it under water too long. A light rinse is enough to clean off the remaining soap solution.

6. Pat Dry

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Before storing the pearls, make sure they are completely dry. Dry off with a fresh, lint-free cloth, and if there is any moisture left, allow the pearls to air dry for a few minutes prior to putting them in your jewelry box.

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This story was published at an earlier date and has been recently updated.

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