How To Clean Your Gold Cuban Link Chain: The Ultimate Guide

  • by 6 ICE
  • 5 min read

If you’re like us, you love to wear your gold Cuban chains everywhere. But wearing your polished piece of gold to the club, work, tennis tournaments, golf outings, and all of your other activities can cause some dirt build-up.

A dirty chain is a real pain, and there’s nothing worse than losing some of the metallic luster to the elements. Not to mention, the longer you go without keeping it clean, the quicker you’ll need to buy a replacement.

The good news is that cleaning your chain is simple as long as you know a few tips and tricks. 

Let’s dish the dirt on chain cleaning so you canditch the dirt completely.

Importance of Keeping Gold Jewelry Clean

Your chain is probably like a fifth limb, always being attached to your body at all times. We don’t blame you for wanting to get the most out of your favorite pieces, but constantly exposing it to the outside world can take its toll.

Gold is a type of metal. Similar to how you might find rust on a nail, gold can corrode and become less attractive when frequently exposed to things like oxygen or sulfur. Not to mention, if you wear a lot of make-up or cologne that contains a good amount of acid, you may notice your gold chain losing some of its luminance. Not to mention, the oils on your body can make your favorite Cuban chains look dull.

15mm Prong Baguette Gucci Curb Chain 2 Tone 18k & White Gold

Cleaning your jewelry often can help to dissolve some of the acids and oils that eat away at the gold’s surface. This allows you to keep wearing your pieces for longer before they start to look aged. It’s especially important for pieces that are made with gold plating, as these tend to take on a tarnished look a bit faster than solid gold.

Cleaning Your Cuban Link Chain

The intricate links of a Cuban chain can make it difficult to get a comprehensive clean. Making sure you can wash away the dirt in all of the nooks and crevices is essential, as these can spread to the outer layers of the chain and decrease its lifespan.

While you can always have your jewelry professionally cleaned, doing it from home is pretty simple.

All you need is two materials:

  • Soft-bristle toothbrush
  • Soft cloth

Getting those two materials is probably the hardest part of the process. After that, it’s a simple two-step process that will help maintain your chain’s quality for years to come.

  1. Using the soft-bristle toothbrush, gently brush the crevices and intricacies of the chain from one end to the other. Make sure the brush is soft-bristle so you don’t scratch the surface.
  2. Rub the chain with a soft cloth to remove any surface oils. Then, store it in a cool and dry location. You can use a paper towel if you don’t have a soft cloth handy.

This is a great method if your chain just has some surface dirt that needs a bit of polishing. However, if your chain is in desperate need of a deep cleaning, you may want to soak it in some warm water for seven to 10 minutes beforehand. This can help loosen up the dirt without acting as an abrasive to the precious metal.

The only thing is if you decide to soak your gold, you need to make sure you dry itthoroughlywith a clean cloth right after. This is because water can cause oxygen to migrate throughout the gold’s surface, which can accelerate corrosion.

What If Your Cuban Chain Has Diamonds?

Some cuban chains take things to the next level by incorporating some stunning diamonds along the exterior. Naturally, you may be concerned about using these methods to clean them.

The good news is that diamonds can withstand pretty much every element imaginable, as they are the hardest known material on Earth. With that in mind, you can use a soft-bristle toothbrush or soak your diamond Cuban chain as normal.

19mm Prong Baguette Cuban Chain 18k Gold

How To Maintain Your Cuban Link Chain

Now that you know how easy it is to give your Cuban chain a good cleaning, you’ll probably want to do it every single day. However, if you’re not a fan of cleaning, you can take some steps to protect your chain from the elements so that you won’t need to scrub it as often.

Gold is a very durable metal, but that doesn’t mean that it’s invincible. In fact, gold is one of the softest metals, meaning that you’ll want to avoid wearing your precious chains to any high contact sports or gym visits.

Also, chlorine is gold’s kryptonite. Chlorine is a harsh cleaning chemical that can easily remove the outer layer of your cuban chain with just a simple dip in the pool. Definitely store it in a safe place before you hop in the jacuzzi or swim some laps.

In fact, pretty much any harsh chemical can affect the appearance of your gold Cuban links. Take them off before you use cleaners around your home, wash your face, apply make-up, or brush your teeth.

It’s also essential that you keep your Cuban chain in a cool, dry location at all times to ensure that it’s safe from harm’s way. A great place to keep it is in the box or bag that it arrived in. However, jewelry boxes or drawers are equally effective. Just make sure your pieces aren’t touching so that they don’t scratch one another.

But even if you do everything right, normal wear and tear might be enough to make your cuban chains feel less than pristine. That’s why it’s always important to buy your jewelry from a retailer with lifetime guarantees, such as 6 Ice, so you can get a fresh replacement if you need one.

Off the Chain

Cuban chains are among some of the most iconic chains you can ever wear, and keeping them clean is the best way to make sure that they withstand the test of time. The good news is that cleaning gold chains is just as easy as getting them dirty in the first place.

All you need is a soft-bristle toothbrush and a soft cloth. And if you really need it, a bowl of warm water will help remove some of the most stubborn stains. These simple methods can help to ensure that acids and oils don’t erode your chain’s metallic surface.

You can also take some preventative measures, such as avoiding exposure to sweat, cologne, make-up, or chlorine whenever you’re wearing your favorite pieces. Not to mention, storing your chain in a cool and dry location is a great way to extend its wearability.

Now that you know how easy it is to clean your chain, you have no excuse not to wear it. 

 

Sources:

Moissanite vs Diamond: Beauty, Durability, and Price | Gem Society

Water facilitates oxygen migration on gold surfaces  | Royal Society of Chemistry

UCSB Science Line | National Science Foundation

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