Collecting seashells from a trip to the beach is a wonderful way to preserve the memory of your time spent in the sun and sand. Maybe you plan on putting them in a simple display or using them in a crafting project. Whatever their final destination, polish the seashells to make them look stunning. Read on to learn how to polish seashells.
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Determine if the seashells are from a craft store or straight from the beach. Purchased shells are already prepared, but shells from the beach need cleaning and preparation before you can polish them. If you were given the shells and can't ask about their origin, assume they need cleaning.
Soak the shells in a solution of bleach and water in equal parts. The bleach solution will not harm the shells so allow them to remain in the solution for a couple of days to remove all debris, stains and bacteria. When soaking is complete, rise the shells with clean water.
Scrub the seashells with a stiff bristled brush and Lime-A-Way. Toothbrushes, scrapers and tweezers can also aid in getting any of the remaining debris and rough spots off the shells. Rinse with clean water and allow the shells to dry before proceeding.
Buff the seashells with sandpaper or a nail buffer to polish them. This should provide a smooth, almost glossy finish to the shells. Blow off any excess dust.
Rub mineral oil on the shells to give them a lustrous shine. Use a small amount of oil on a clean cloth and rub the oil into the seashells, getting into all of the crevasses for a final spit and polish luster.