How to Clean Swarovski Crystal: The Ultimate Care Guide
Swarovski crystals are beautiful things. Beautiful, yet delicate.
If you’re the lucky owner of a piece of Swarovski jewellery or a Swarovski figurine, you’ll want to know how to keep it in pristine condition. Each crystal is individually set and the metals are delicately plated, which means you’ll need to take special care when wearing, cleaning, handling and storing your Swarovski crystals. We’ve put together a simple guide on how to clean Swarovski crystal jewellery and crystal figurines to help you keep your crystals in sparkling condition for years to come.
Cleaning Swarovski Crystals
Swarovski recommends you regularly clean and polish your crystal jewellery and figurines to keep them looking their best. There are two main methods for cleaning Swarovski crystals:
With a Dry Cloth
This method is best for light cleaning and general maintenance. Simply hold your Swarovski jewellery or figurine in one hand (wear cotton gloves to avoid leaving fingerprints) and gently buff your crystals with a soft, dry, lint-free cloth to remove any dirt and dust. Polish each crystal with a smooth, circular motion to restore original lustre and beauty. Remember to always use a light touch to avoid the cloth snagging on metal casings or sharper edges, and never use any hard objects to scrape dirt off your crystals. Any stubborn marks can be removed with soapy water, see below for this method.
With a Toothbrush and Soapy Water
This method is ideal for periodic ‘deep cleans’ and helps remove any tougher dirt that may have built up. You will need a soft bristle toothbrush (an old one will do), a small bowl of warm water and a little washing up liquid or mild soap. You will also need a soft, dry, lint-free towel or cloth for drying at the end.
Dip your brush in the water to moisten the bristles, then add a very small drop of dishwashing liquid or soap to the brush. Then, focusing on one crystal at a time, gently brush to remove dirt and dust from your jewellery or figurine. Try not to scrub, but rather use a gentle circular motion, much like the soft cloth method.
Once you’ve cleaned each crystal to your satisfaction, hold your jewellery under the tap for a few seconds to rinse away any remaining soap. TIP: Make sure you cover the plug hole before you do this, as the crystals will be slippery and you don’t want to drop them down the drain! Rinse your crystals thoroughly, as any prolonged contact with cleaning products can weaken the metal plating of your jewellery.
Once rinsed, gently pat your crystals dry with your lint-free towel or cloth. For best results, finish manually drying your crystals and then lay them out on a towel to dry thoroughly. Make sure they are completely dry before putting them away.
An Extra Note for Crystal Figurines …
While you might be tempted to sit your Swarovski figurines in soapy water for a nice long soak; please don’t! This can damage your figurine and really isn’t necessary for cleaning. You should also avoid using harsh, abrasive materials or glass cleaners to clean your figurines; just a soft bristle brush and some soapy water will do.
Caring for Swarovski Crystals
Aside from regularly cleaning Swarovski crystals, there are many other things you can do to protect and care for your crystal jewellery. Here are a few extra top tips on how to care for your jewellery and keep your crystals in brilliant condition:
1. Avoid Contact with Beauty Products
Swarovski earrings, bracelets and necklaces are perfect for dazzling on a snazzy night out, but, as a rule of thumb, you should leave putting on your jewellery until the very last thing when getting ready. This is because the chemicals in your make-up, hairspray, body lotions and perfumes can damage the thin, delicate metal plating in your jewellery, leaving it prone to weakness and discolouration. Putting your jewellery on last will help prevent large amounts of any product coming into contact with the delicate materials, though it’s good practice to also give your jewellery a rinse and clean after wearing as an extra precaution.
2. Avoid Swimming & Showering with your Crystals On
Make sure you remove your Swarovski necklaces before going swimming, showering, taking a bath or washing your hands. Swimming pools and hot tubs contain chlorine, which can weaken and damage the delicate plating on your crystals and diminish their beautiful lustre. Likewise, the soaps and perfumed body care products commonly used in showering, bathing and handwashing can also cause irreversible damage to your precious Swarovski bracelets, rings and other pieces, so it’s best to remove them and place them somewhere safe beforehand.
Storing Swarovski Crystal Jewellery
And finally, it’s time to talk storage. Correct and careful storage is just as important as cleaning Swarovski crystals if you want to keep them looking their best. The best way to store Swarovski crystals is inside a soft cloth bag, or inside the box it came in. You should keep your crystal jewellery pieces stored separately from all other jewellery to prevent scratching, tangling and bumping, plus this will help you quickly find the pieces you’re looking for.
Now you’re an expert on cleaning Swarovski crystal jewellery there’s no stopping you! Your beautiful crystals will stay beautiful and bright for years to come; all it takes is a little TLC.