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How to Clean Swarovski Crystals: Ultimate Guide

March 03, 2023 4 min read

How to Clean Swarovski Crystals: Ultimate Guide

Swarovski crystals have long been synonymous with elegance and luxury, but are also reputable for their durability and resistance; from glittering jewellery to stunning figurines, Swarovski’s “affordable diamond” can hold up to significant wear and tear. However, just like any other stone or metal, Swarovski crystals can become tarnished over time, so regular cleaning is essential for keeping your crystals looking their best. 

In the following blog post, we’re going to explore the various methods you can employ to clean and  care for your swarovski crystal beads, ensuring they remain as beautiful as they were the day you got them. Let's dive in!


How to clean Swarovski Crystals

Before we get started, it’s important to point out that not all Swarovski crystals will require the same cleaning methods; this is because  Swarovski crystals can be used to decorate everything from delicate jewellery pieces to clothes and shoes. 

In the guide below, we’re going to cover how to clean Swarovski jewellery, textiles, ornaments and figurines, as well as Swarovski phone cases. Let’s get started!


How to clean Swarovski jewellery

Jewellery adorned with Swarovski crystals can lose its sparkle over time, especially with regular wear. But worry not – with the right approach, your jewellery can look as good as new! To maintain the sparkle on any Swarovski pieces, all you need to do is clean your necklace, ring, earrings or bracelets with a lint-free cloth after every use. 

How to deep-clean Swarovski jewellery 

In instances where grime and dirt has built up on your Swarovski pieces, you’ll need to employ more vigorous cleaning methods. Here’s what to do:

  • Prepare a gentle cleaning solution: Mix a few drops of mild, pH-neutral dish soap with lukewarm water. Avoid using hot water, as it can damage the crystals.
  • Clean gently: Using a soft-bristled toothbrush, gently scrub the crystals to remove any residue. Be cautious not to scrub too hard or you risk damaging the crystals. Note: you only need to do this if your crystals are very dirty or tarnished - you don’t need to use a toothbrush for general maintenance.
  • Rinse thoroughly: After cleaning, rinse your jewellery quickly under lukewarm water to remove any soap residue.
  • Dry and polish: Carefully pat your jewellery dry with a soft, lint-free cloth. Finally, use a jewellery polishing cloth to buff the crystals and metal components to a beautiful shine.

    How to clean Swarovski figurines

    Swarovski figurines, with their intricate designs and fine details, require extra care when cleaning. Here's how to keep your figurines looking stunning:

    • Dust regularly: Use a soft, lint-free cloth or a soft makeup brush to gently dust your figurines at least once a week. This will prevent any buildup of dust and dirt.
    • Choose the right cleaning method: Depending on the complexity of your figurine, you can either use a damp cloth or a cleaning solution. For simpler designs, a damp cloth should suffice. For more intricate pieces, mix lukewarm water with a few drops of mild, pH-neutral dish soap.
    • Clean with care: If using a damp cloth, gently wipe the figurine's surface. If using a cleaning solution, dip a soft cloth or cotton swab into the mixture and gently clean the figurine, taking care not to damage any delicate parts.Don’t fully submerge figurines in water, as this can damage them.
    • Rinse and dry:If you’re going to be using a cleaning solution, carefully rinse the figurine with lukewarm water. Then, use the same lint-free cloth to pat the figurine dry. Allow the piece to air dry completely before displaying it again.

      How to clean a Swarovski phone case

      Phone cases embellished with Swarovski crystals add a touch of glam to your everyday ensemble, but given how much we use our phones, they can also easily become tarnished and dull-looking. To keep your phone case looking its best, follow these steps:

      • Remove the case from your phone: Always take off the case before cleaning to prevent any damage to your device.
      • Mix a gentle cleaning solution: Combine lukewarm water and a few drops of mild dish soap in a bowl.
      • Clean the case: Using a soft toothbrush, gently scrub the case and the crystals to remove dirt and grime. Be careful not to dislodge any crystals during this process.
      • Rinse and dry: Rinse the case under lukewarm water, ensuring all soap residue is removed. Gently pat the case dry with a soft, lint-free cloth, taking care not to damage the crystals. Allow the case to air dry completely before reattaching it to your phone.

        How to clean Swarovski textiles and clothing items

        Cleaning Swarovski-embellished textiles requires a delicate touch to preserve the sparkle and integrity of the crystals. Don’t forget that when caring for these items, always check the care label for specific instructions. 

        For clothing, handwashing with a mild detergent in lukewarm water is often the safest option, using water no hotter than 30C, and pH-neutral detergent. Gently submerge and swirl the garment to loosen dirt, then rinse thoroughly. For home textiles, spot cleaning with a damp cloth and mild detergent is advised, gently dabbing the stained area without rubbing or scrubbing. In some cases, you may be able to clean clothing items in a washing machine; but in this case, you’ll need to turn it inside out and place it in a protective bag.

        In both cases, allow the textile to air dry completely. For more complex cleaning tasks, consult a professional cleaner experienced in handling crystal-embellished textiles.


        Caring for Swarovski Crystals

        To ensure your Swarovski crystals remain in excellent condition all year round, follow these additional care tips:


        Avoid contact with harsh chemicals

        Chemicals in household cleaning products, perfume, and cosmetics can damage the crystals' surface. To avoid damage, apply perfume and cosmetics before wearing your Swarovski jewellery, and never use abrasive cleaners on your crystal items.


        Store your crystals carefully

        Keep your Swarovski jewellery in a soft pouch or lined jewellery box when not in use. For figurines, store them in a secure location away from direct sunlight, extreme temperatures, and humidity.


        Handle with care

        When handling your Swarovski items, be gentle to avoid chipping or scratching the crystals. Wear gloves or hold them with a soft, lint-free cloth to prevent transferring oils from your skin onto the crystals.


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