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It’s important to keep our items that we use on the daily sanitary and clean to avoid catching or spreading diseases and to keep our dopest pieces in good condition. When it comes to jewelry like watches and bracelets, the potential for bacteria, along with dirt and grease, to live on these surfaces is high. Think about it: You’re wearing your watch on your body all day long. Every time you touch something, or accidently spill something, or another person touches you, your watch and other accessories are there, picking up germs, dirt, and grime.

If you care about keeping your jewelry looking fire and helping it last for years to come, you should already be cleaning it regularly. But, for pieces that we wear every day, you should also be disinfecting. Yes, there can be a difference between cleaning and disinfecting. Check out some of these solutions that will definitely leave your prized Rolex watches and other pieces shining and safe.

Sanitizing vs. Disinfecting

These two words are thrown around a lot, especially right now while people flock to stores trying to find hand sanitizer and other disinfectants, but there is a major difference between what it means to “sanitize” something and to “disinfect” it.

When using a sanitizing product, the goal is to reduce the amount of bacteria on an object or accessory, but it is not a guaranteed method for completely ridding the piece of all germs and bacteria. Typically, sanitizing is a more gentle way to clean something because it will lower the amount of bacteria to a safe level, but it does not have the ability to wipe out viral bacteria.

Disinfectant, on the other hand, is made up of harsher chemicals that can kill any bacteria living on a surface and which also has anti-viral properties. If you’re for-real looking to give your daily accessories a deep clean, you need to use one of these disinfectants and kill those nasty germs living on your chains.

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How to Disinfect Your Gold Rolex Watches and Other Accessories

  • Warm Water and Antibacterial Soap

We like to be keeping it simple, sometimes, when it comes to cleaning our pieces. Warm water and soap with antibacterial properties can do a hella good job disinfecting everything from your hands to your wrist candy like your watches and bracelets. Rings are another accessory that should be disinfected because your nasty fingers are always touching things that probably harbor germs. Disinfect your accessories on the reg by using warm water and soap, and then scrub your pieces with a soft brush to make sure you’re cleaning every crevice. And, don’t forget to wash your hands, too.

  • Ammonia

This disinfectant is no joke. Ammonia is one of the best products for disinfecting, but it can be toxic to humans and pets, so be careful where you leave this chemical during your cleaning sesh. Using ammonia is a good method when cleaning blinged-out pieces that have diamonds or other accessories with gemstones. Mix one part water and ammonia together, then let your jewelry sit in the solution for 30 minutes. If you’re cleaning a watch, we recommend just using a soft brush to scrub your piece with the solution. Rinse the jewelry off with warm water and let it air dry.

  • Hydrogen Peroxide

Most of us have hydrogen peroxide around the house already, making it easy to use this method any time. First, you’ll have to make a paste by mixing ¼ cup of hydrogen peroxide with two tablespoons of water. Then, you can use the paste to scrub onto your accessories as a way to both polish tarnished jewelry and disinfect your items. According to the CDC, hydrogen peroxide is an effective disinfectant that can kill a variety of harmful bacteria that may be living on your favorite chains and watches.

  • Rubbing Alcohol

Here’s another quick and easy way to get those germs off your everyday accessories. Grab a bottle of rubbing alcohol with at least 70 percent alcohol content. You need the strong stuff to really kill those tricky types of bacteria and viruses. Let your accessories soak in a bowl of alcohol and use a brush or cotton ball to help wipe grime and grease off.

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Stay Safe, Stay Healthy, Stay Fly

Disinfecting your accessories is important, especially during flu season or other times of the year when people are susceptible to sickness. Even your dopest Rolex watch will get dirty and have bacteria living on the surface, which is why disinfecting regularly is so important. We’re constantly touching things while we’re out, and then touching our accessories and parts of our body like our face.

Stay looking fresh to death when you rock Frost NYC’s collection of chains, Rolex watches, and rings and use these methods to help keep yourself and everyone around you healthy. Our chains are made from high-quality materials to make sure a boss like you can floss on everybody from the office to the club. Shop our collection to snag a dope new piece.

    April 22, 2020

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