How to Remove a Gold Jewelry Stain

24k Gold and Silver rub off on your garments not in a gold or silver color but in a black color.


When the gold and silver come into contact with oxygen and moisture (perspiration) it forms an oxide which produces the black color stain on your garment.

Often you see a black stain around your neckline or cuff and think you rubbed up against something dirty or worse it’s bad ring around the collar or cuff but often it’s your necklace, bracelet, or watch.

Most of the time scrubbing the area with soap or a stain remover then letting it sit for a few minutes before washing will remove the stain. If there is still some residual after washing the garment then you will need to use a rust remover.

You can find the rust remover at the hardware store but always test the color for colorfastness in a hidden area before using the product. Immediately rewash the garment after apply the rust remover. The rust remover will burn a hole in your garment within an hour if not removed.

Karl Huie

Pacific Heights Cleaners in San Francisco and Sausalito is your green dry cleaner serving you with non toxic alternatives.

The first dry cleaner in Marin and San Francisco to be green business certified by the Bay Area Green Business Program and San Francisco Environment. Using the Wet Clean dry cleaning system that is EPA approved as environmentally friendly.

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