Cleaning Your Pins
Before you start, remove the back or keeper from your pin. Be careful not to stick yourself.
It’s always a good idea to test the polish you intend to use in an inconspicuous area. Swipe the back of the pin with a cotton bud before you use it on the rest of the pin.
The most basic way to clean the pin is to dab it with your polish and gently rub it with a cloth. Usually, your tarnish will easily come off.
Some metals tarnish faster than others. Copper tarnishes before silver which tarnishes before gold.
Make sure you use a good quality polishing cloth and cream on pins made out of these metals.
Extra Tips and Tricks
Now that you’ve got the basics down, here are a few other tips and tricks to keep in mind.
- Never use vinegar or anything citrus to clean your pins. It will damage the metal and any enamel.
- Don’t use polish on a soft enamel pin; rub it gently with a soft cloth so that the paint doesn’t come off
- Don’t use harsh abrasives on a hard enamel pin; you risk damaging the design
- No polish? You can try using toothpaste, but test it on the back of the pin to make sure it won’t hurt the pin
- Never put your pins in a polishing machine; it’ll be too hard on your delicate pins
- Household cleaners will also hurt pins; stick to jewelry polishes
The key is to be gentle with your pins. This is the best way to extend the life of your collection.
ENJOY YOUR PINS!