solarraven by pjentoft
Cleaning Dirty Crystals
This is not about the controversial subject of
cleansing crystals but about mundane cleaning
Sometimes crystals get dirty. Sometimes they
have glue on them when you get them or they have a stick on paper
tag. They may get a bit of grease on them.
One has to consider whether or not the stone or crystal is
hard or soft and easily scratched and whether or not the
fade You have to determine if a crystal can be immersed in
water. Some stones are damaged by water. Some by salt water. Some
stones fizz and or decompose when they contact vinager. Others will
absorb soap or oils . Some stones are very hard to clean because
of uneven rough surfaces. Some have parts that may
break off . some stones have been dyed and some of these colors might
fade or bleed or be water soluable.
Avoid using anything abrasive because even harder stones can sometimes
get scratched or chipped.
I have sometimes gotten sticky glue off by rubbing it with a soft cloth
this is somewhat time consumming and does not always work.
Many of the suggestions found on the net
such as using toothpaste or acetone are way too harsh and potentially
damaging One some people say that warming the glue with a hair
dryer will soften it enough to remove but I don't know if I'd
want to heat of my stones either.
Some websites suggest a mild dish soap like Dawn . Some people
report good results with olive oil or almond oil to take
I've had good results with either peanut butter or olive oil.
I'm not sure if Lapis would absorb oil or not .
*whew* I was just thinking that I always use
a dab of dishwashing liquid.
I know it isn't good to get some stones wet (and agree if the stone is
this could alter the coloring), but that would be my suggestion if
I just read the message from Tom about cleaning sticky label adhesive off of stones, plastic, glass, etc. I use a product call "Goo Gone". It comes in a small spray bottle with a cap and you can buy it in the grocery store. It is very gentle on all of my things that I want to get the sticky goo off. I am sure the stones will be relieved to be rid of the sticky stuff just as much as you and you can rinse your articles in warm water or even soapy warm water. My stones are just fine and beautiful. "Goo Gone" is sort of an oily liquid spray and will take the sticky stuff off very gently. Depending on the 'glue' that is used on the labels, you might have to spray the article a second time. Good luck.
Blessings to you all,
Workshops by Peggy Jentoft