Swarovski crystals are in a league of their own because of the high precision methods used to manufacture them in the first place. These crystals are legendary in their own right, and they continue to inspire art and fashion more than 100 years after they were first dreamt up in Austria.
If you happen to be a proud owner of jewelry embellished with Swarovski Crystals, you are likely curious as to how to clean and maintain them. Let us teach you how to do it so your Swarovski crystals’ clarity and brilliance will last longer, and who knows? You may even be able to pass on your jewelry embellished with Swarovski Crystals to another generation. Swarovski crystals are truly the stuff of legends.
How to Clean Jewelry embellished with Swarovski Crystals
It is recommended that cleaning the Swarovski crystals regularly, no matter they are applied on textile or not, can maintain their beautiful appearance and brilliance.
First rule, we recommend using a clean, dry cloth for dust removal.
We also recommend wearing gloves when cleaning them so you will not inadvertently leave fingerprints on the surface of the Swarovski crystals. Make sure that the dry cloth is lint-free and it would also be a good idea to use fabric that’s been designed to buff and polish. Be wary of other types of non-cotton fabric that can become abrasive upon use. These can damage the surface of Swarovski crystals.
Gently rub the surface of each crystal in a circular motion and be sure to go around each crystal to remove any dust and accumulated grime anywhere in the crystals. A light touch is best for cleaning. Avoid snagging the fabric you are using on any metal parts or casings. We discourage people from using metallic objects to remove dirt or grime as these can easily damage the crystals too.
To find out which crystals can be washed and at what temperatures, Swarovski has a very detailed textile care instructions on their website for professionals. It includes an extensive list of care directives for Swarovski products and a comprehensive run-down of cleaning and care procedures.
Swarovski Crystals Cleaning and Care tips
Use a clean, dry and antistatic cloth to remove light dust layers.
Prevent fingerprints when handling Swarovski Crystals with white cotton gloves.
For heavier dirt, use lukewarm water with a little dishwashing detergent.
Consult the full instructions from Swarovski professional care instructions.
Tips on Swarovski Crystals care applied on textiles
1. Swarovski crystal protection — When washing clothes with Swarovski crystals applied to them it is recommended that you turn them inside out before placing them in a soft wash bag and filling the drum.
2. Laundry detergent type — Use a mild detergent. This will all offer a certain level of protection and maintain the quality of crystals from Swarovski.
3. Wash cycle strength — When washing Swarovski crystals in a washing machine, the most important factor in ensuring a secure wash is correctly applying the product, without compromising its adhesion.
4. There are detailed guidelines on chlorine bleach usage, tumble drying, ironing of textile materials and dry cleaning for Swarovski crystals applied on textile. Please consult the official care instructions beforehand.
How else can you take care of Swarovski crystals?
We all know that jewelry embellished with Swarovski crystals is the best – they’re beautiful, brilliant, and they can truly make your outfit pop. However, one of the general weaknesses of the metal parts of your jewelry is beauty products.
Beauty products like toners, sprays, and lotions can rust or oxidize the metal parts of your jewelry if there is simply too much of these products in the immediate vicinity, and the jewelry ends up soaked in them.
So what you can do to ensure that this does not happen is to put on your jewelry last when preparing for a night out. Chemicals can easily damage alloys. After a night out with your jewelry, feel free to wipe them down and give them a quick wash to remove any remaining chemicals on the surface of the metal. This should ensure that your jewelry will remain brilliant and beautiful over the years. Even with heavy use, it is possible to keep any kind of jewelry in awesome shape.
You must never bathe or swim with any Swarovski crystals products. The reason for this is that water can wear down the plating on jewelry, and this can shorten the life of your precious jewelry embellished with Swarovski crystals.
Simple personal care products like perfumes and soaps can also damage or leave residues on the metal plating or the crystals themselves. In time, this might translate to longer deep cleaning times. When you need to bathe or swim, the best thing to do is to just remove your jewelry and put them somewhere dry and safe.
Best way to store Swarovski crystals
Like other jewelry, it would be best to store Swarovski crystals in soft, dry pouch bags.
Place these pouch bags in their boxes and you should be good to go. Placing your jewelry in boxes prevents them from being lost and they are thoroughly protected from being scratched by other jewelry.
Sure, some people place all of their jewelry in just one large jewelry box, however, it can become disorganized in there and the last thing you need is having so many snags on your jewelry.
We highly recommend organizing your large jewelry box to ensure that all of your crystals are in their own, safe little spaces.
Invest in small pouch bags to ensure that they don’t mix inside the larger storage space. If you have other jewelry with precious stones, the harder stones can damage softer materials.