How To Use An Ultrasonic Jewelry Cleaner

How Do Ultrasonic Cleaners Work?

Ultrasonic cleaner

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An ultrasonic cleaner is a device that uses ultrasound to remove the dirt from your jewelry.

The items are placed in a tank filled with a cleaning solution.

After the cleaner is turned on, its motor produces ultrasonic vibrations through the liquid.

These vibrations break down the dirt particles accumulated on the surface of your jewelry.

The good thing about ultrasonic cleaners is that they can clean the parts of your jewelry that are otherwise unreachable when using more conventional methods.

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What Cleaning Solution Should Be Used?

One option you have for the cleaning solution is a jewelry cleaner that you can buy at the store — check out this popular brand, which can be used in an ultrasonic cleaner.

The alternative is to prepare a cleaning liquid yourself.

If you choose to make a homemade cleaning solution, just fill the tank of your cleaner with water, and add a tablespoon of ammonia.

Then add some dishwashing liquid and you’re done – it’s that simple.

You might want to turn the machine on and let it run without any items for 5-10 minutes so that the solution gets mixed well.

Remember to Heat It Up

One of the common mistakes people make when using an ultrasonic cleaner is to put cold water in the tank. For the cleaning solution to work best, it needs to be hot.

There are ultrasonic cleaners that have a built-in heater to ensure that the solution is heated up. However, these models can be much more expensive than the regular ones.

All you need to do is just heat the water up before you put it in the tank (do not bring the water to a boil, though). Then you can mix in the ammonia and the dishwashing liquid.

The Cleaning Process

After you have filled the tank with hot water and poured the cleaning liquid, you can put your jewelry inside. Don’t put in too many pieces at once, though, so as not to scratch your jewelry.

Turn the device on and let it run for as long as needed until you jewelry is clean. (Depending on how dirty the items are, this time usually varies from 1 to 20 minutes.)

After the cleaning is done, switch the cleaner off and leave your jewelry inside for another 5-10 minutes so that the dirt particles that were knocked off your pieces by the sound waves can fall to the bottom of the tank.

After you take your jewelry out, you can clean it briefly with a soft brush to make sure that any residual dirt is removed, especially from the mountings of your rings.

Rinse the items to wash off any remaining detergent, and dry them with a soft cloth.

How Often Should You Use an Ultrasonic Cleaner?

The frequency of using an ultrasonic cleaner will depend on how quickly your jewelry gets dirty.

In general, you can clean your jewelry with ultrasound every couple of weeks.

If you wear you pieces every day and they accumulate dirt more quickly, you can clean them every week.

As long as your jewelry is made of materials that can take ultrasound, cleaning your items more often will not hurt them.

What You Should Not Put in an Ultrasonic Cleaner

Not all jewelry should be cleaned with an ultrasonic device.

Many gemstones can be easily damaged by ultrasound. Do not put in softer gemstones such as opals, lapis lazuli, emeralds, turquoise, etc.

Organic jewelry such as pearls, coral pieces, or amber can also be damaged.

Also, do not put inside your ultrasonic cleaner gemstones whose color has been enhanced through heat treatment.

How does an ultrasonic cleaner work on my jewelry

Have some old jewellery that needs a bit of TLC? By using an ultrasonic cleaner, you can create clean jewellery pieces in minutes, perfect for giving a bit of shine to some old favourites. But how do ultrasonic cleaners work? Find out everything you need to know about how ultrasonic cleaning works, and how to use ultrasonic cleaners for jewellery from our step-by-step video tutorial.

What is an Ultrasonic cleaner?

An ultrasonic cleaner is a device that is used to clean items, such as jewelry. Using ultrasound waves and chemicals, this jewelry cleaning machine can remove foreign particles such as dirt, oil and tarnish, as well as polishing compounds such as Tripoli and rouge from delicate jewelry pieces. High-frequency waves, usually from 20-400 kHz, are sent to pull the unwanted particles off your jewelry, leaving everything from bracelets to gold pendants spick and span and rid of all contaminants.

We use this process for jewelry cleaning as the ultrasound properties create bubbles, which are induced by high-frequency pressure waves. These bubbles cling to particles and then agitate the liquid, producing high forces which then remove any unwanted substrates from the jewelry. The ultrasonic cleaner focuses on the parts of your jewelry that are otherwise unreachable when coming to cleaning manually.

How Does An Ultrasonic Jewellery Cleaner Work?

11th September 2017 by Cooksongold

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Have some old jewellery that needs a bit of TLC? By using an ultrasonic cleaner, you can create clean jewellery pieces in minutes, perfect for giving a bit of shine to some old favourites. But how do ultrasonic cleaners work? Find out everything you need to know about how ultrasonic cleaning works, and how to use ultrasonic cleaners for jewellery from our step-by-step video tutorial.

What is an Ultrasonic cleaner?

An ultrasonic cleaner is a device that is used to clean items, such as jewellery. Using ultrasound waves and chemicals, this jewellery cleaning machine can remove foreign particles such as dirt, oil and tarnish, as well as polishing compounds such as Tripoli and rouge from delicate jewellery pieces. High-frequency waves, usually from 20-400 kHz, are sent to pull the unwanted particles off your jewellery, leaving everything from bracelets to gold pendants spick and span and rid of all contaminants.

We use this process for jewellery cleaning as the ultrasound properties create bubbles, which are induced by high-frequency pressure waves. These bubbles cling to particles and then agitate the liquid, producing high forces which then remove any unwanted substrates from the jewellery. The ultrasonic cleaner focuses on the parts of your jewellery that are otherwise unreachable when coming to cleaning manually.

Using an Ultrasonic cleaner for jewellery cleaning

Perhaps you want to try using an ultrasonic cleaner for yourself? With our simple step-by-step guide and how-to video, learn the basics of how to use an ultrasonic cleaner to create sparkling jewellery rid from all dirt and unwanted particles.

What you’ll need for using an ultrasonic cleaner

How to use an ultrasonic cleaner

Step 1. Put on your protective gloves to protect your hands from chemicals. Mix water and ultrasonic cleaning solution into your Elma ultrasonic jewellery cleaner.

Step 2. Using your Elma electronics manual, set your desired time and temperature for jewellery cleaning. The amount of time you leave your jewellery in depends on how dirty the item is – this can vary between 1 – 20 minutes.

Step 3. As per your instruction manual, de-gas your ultrasonic cleaning machine to clear the air bubbles before you begin cleaning your jewellery.

Step 4. Place your dirty jewellery pieces in the ultrasonic jewellery cleaner metal basket, ensuring it is spaced out so all charms and findings are on display. Be careful to ensure that your jewellery does not touch the base of your ultrasonic jewellery cleaner.

Step 5. Let the jewellery soak in the ultrasonic jewellery cleaner until the timer goes off. Then, rinse your metal basket with jewellery inside in cold water, still wearing your protective gloves.

Step 6. Remove your jewelry from the basket, step back and admire the difference in cleanliness before and after your jewelry cleaning.

Note: Not all jewellery should be cleaned using an ultrasonic cleaner. Ultrasound may damage softer gemstones, such as opals, emeralds and turquoise – also gemstones whose colour has been enhanced through heat treatment should not be used in an ultrasonic cleaner, as the ultrasound waves can dim the brightness of their colours.

Now you understand how to use an ultrasonic cleaner, why not shop for your own? Browse our wide selection of jewellery cleaning products online today. Alternatively, learn how to get the most out of your jewelry making through our equipment and technique focus hub.