As your titanium necklace, cuff, anklet or pendant ages, it will react with oxygen in the air to form a protective titanium oxide layer, which will gradually form a natural satin patina over the surface (this is also what makes it corrosion resistant). This layer can be removed relatively easy, exposing the un-oxidized metal beneath and resulting in the appearance of scratches.
Fortunately, these minor scratches can be removed rather easily, and with a little routine maintenance, your titanium collar will look great for a lifetime.
Cleaning Titanium Collars, Cuffs, Anklets and Accessories
Due to the excellent corrosion-resistance of titanium, you generally do not need to worry about damaging the finish with most household cleaners. However, for your comfort we recommend using only mild solutions. We also suggest using micro-fiber towels to prevent adding scratches in the oxidation layer.
For routine cleaning, we recommend doing the cleaning below every four weeks to six weeks, depending on use. To keep a great, consistent shine, a weekly wipe down with a jewelry polishing cloth will help minimize the appearance of scratches in the oxidation layer.
What you need:
Mild liquid soap
Clean small micro-fiber cloths (3)
Ammonia-based window cleaner (optional)
Polishing cloth (optional)
- Start with some soap and a cup or two of warm water in a bowl large enough to submerge your item. Use as much soap as you want, but avoid any harsh cleaners or abrasive detergents.
- Soak your titanium collar in the water and soap solution for about 5 minutes, and then gently wipe away any dirt and oils with a micro-fiber cloth, paying special attention to the hinge and clasp areas that are normally closed.
- Rinse your item in fresh, warm water and dry thoroughly with a micro-fiber cloth, again, paying special attention to any hinged or hidden areas.
- Use the window cleaner to provide a final clean and wipe away with a micro-fiber cloth.
- To remove any minor and fine scratches from the surface, use a jewelry polishing cloth while applying pressure. For more persistent scratches, you may want to try a cream metal polish.