Along with a tiara usually comes fond memories of a past special occasion or event. It is for this very reason that you should try to take proper care of a tiara so it stays in good condition and can be enjoyed for many years to come. If you happen to have a dirty, dingy tiara that could use a little attention, you will be glad to know there are certain ways to get it back to its sparkling, beautiful, old self.
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Gather Your Materials
Before you gather the materials needed to clean your tiara, you should find out what the tiara is made of. You want to be sure the materials you use will not harm the tiara in any way. If you are not sure what it is made of, you can ask a jeweler for help. If you have the original packaging that came with your tiara, you can reference that as well. Once you know what it is made of, you can proceed. To properly clean a tiara, you will need to gather the appropriate materials. Again, be sure none of the cleaning materials will harm the tiara. Obviously, you will need the tiara itself so it can be cleaned. You will also need jewelry cleaner, rubbing alcohol, white vinegar, a soft, lint-free cloth such as a jeweler’s cloth, a very soft child’s toothbrush, and cotton swabs. A hair dryer is also a good thing to have on hand when you clean a tiara. Once you have gathered the materials you need, you can begin to clean your tiara.
Clean Your Tiara
Prior to cleaning a tiara, you should always examine it for any loose crystals, gems, or rhinestones. If you notice any, be sure to avoid them during the cleaning process. The first step in cleaning your tiara is removing any major surface dust and/or dirt. To do this, dampen your soft, lint-free cloth with either jewelry cleaner or rubbing alcohol. Then, very gently wipe the main surface areas of the tiara to remove dirt and/or dust. After you have completed this step, you can then proceed with cleaning any detailed, intricate areas of your tiara. For these areas, you will want to moisten a cotton swab with jewelry cleaner or rubbing alcohol. Gently rub the small areas with the cotton swab to remove buildup of dirt or grime.
Once you have cleaned the detailed areas of your tiara, you can move onto any stones that need cleaning. As long as the stones can be cleaned with jewelry cleaner, you can use the same cotton swab process for them. If you notice any areas of the tiara that are especially dirty or stained, you can moisten the toothbrush with jewelry cleaner and carefully scrub these areas. Should there be any excess buildup of hairspray on the tiara, you should be able to remove it with a soft, lint-free cloth or cotton swab that has been dampened with a solution of white vinegar and warm water. Wipe gently until the hairspray residue has been removed. Once your tiara has been cleaned thoroughly, you can either let it air dry on a soft cloth or blow it dry with a hair dryer on the cool setting. When cleaning a tiara, you must never submerge it in water. This can lead to tarnishing, rusting, and loosening of stones.
These simple steps will allow you to clean a tiara in no time at all. As long as you are cautious during cleaning and properly maintain your tiara, you should be able to enjoy it well into the future.
Guest post from Sam Landon. Sam writes for CarInsurance.org.