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Jewellery Hygiene And COVID-19 – How To Keep Your Jewellery Clean

Posted on: 18/03/2020


The COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak has left us feeling uncertain and worried. Our day-to-day lives have been affected massively, and all we can do is our best to stop the spread of the virus.

The health authorities have given us some really important advice about keeping as clean as possible to slow the spread of the virus. And their biggest piece of advice is for us to wash our hands often and for longer (for at least 20 seconds). This also means that cleaning your jewellery is more important than ever! 

We have no doubt that you’re all following the authorities’ advice carefully to protect yourselves and your loved ones. So we wanted to share our best jewellery cleaning knowledge with you to help you to keep your jewellery clean too. 

For many of our customers, wearing jewellery is a really important part of their lives. We want to reassure you that you can still wear your beautiful jewellery pieces. There is absolutely no need to worry about whether you can wear your jewellery or not – you can! All you need to do is follow our top tips to keep your precious pieces extra clean. Keep scrolling for more… 


Wash Your Jewellery Often

Wash your jewellery as much as you can. This will help to keep bacteria away and will stop the spread, as well as remove any dirt that may have been collected.

We recommend you wash your jewellery at least 2-3 times a day, especially for rings and bracelets. Use mild soap and warm water to rinse your jewellery and dry it using a clean towel. We recommend that you use a brush (an old toothbrush will do!) to get into any chain links, grooves, behind stones and underneath claws. There is no need to scrub hard, the soap will do the work. 


Remove Jewellery When Necessary

Many of our customers work in healthcare, so they are already accustomed to removing their jewellery for certain tasks. We always recommend that our customers remove their jewellery for any hands-on or cleaning tasks anyway, but we wanted to remind you of the importance of removing it when you don’t need to wear it. When you’re in the house you might want to consider removing it all together, this will avoid any accidental damage and also a build-up of bacteria when you’re cooking and cleaning etc.

TIP: When you go to put your jewellery back on again, make sure both your hands and jewellery are clean.


Use Body Products Carefully

Something we always recommend to our customers is to apply body products like hand creams and moisturisers carefully. If creams and products touch your jewellery, they run the risk of getting trapped behind stones, in links and under claws. These products can then attract a further build up of bacteria and you can end up with dirt trapped in your jewellery, which makes it look dull and dirty too. With our jewellery cleaning advice though, this should not be a problem as you will be cleaning your jewellery often anyway.

TIP: If you’re moisturising your hands, you could always take your rings off until the cream soaks in.


Don’t Forget About Your Body Piercings

We understand that some people are unable to remove their body piercings as this can disrupt the healing process and increase the risk of infection. This is not a problem, all you need to do is make sure that you are not touching your piercings at all unless your hands are freshly cleaned and/or sanitised. There’s no doubt that your piercer has already advised this, but it is easy to forget! 

With all of our tips in mind, make sure that you’re putting the health authorities’ advice first. According to the NHS, handwashing is still the best line of defence. And don’t forget to keep looking for the recent updates on what you should be doing to prevent spread.

Here at F.Hinds we’re offering the public free spot jewellery cleaning in-store, so if you wish to take advantage of this please pop into your local store for a complimentary clean with our Town Talk jewellery cleaning products. Our staff members will be happy to get your rings looking sparkly and clean (subject to availability, please get in touch with your local store first).


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