How to Clean Faux Pearls

Written by melynda sorrels
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The perfect accessory to your formal attire, a string of pearls lends a look of elegance so you can grace your formal function in style. The best part is, no one has to know if they aren't real. Faux pearls are made are made from plastic or glass and coated with a pearl film to make them mirror the real thing. Not unlike the real thing, faux pearls require a special kind of care to keep them looking their best.

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Things you need

  • Bowl or basin
  • Mild detergent
  • Clean dry towel

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  1. 1

    Fill a bowl or basin with warm water.

  2. 2

    Add a mild detergent such as Ivory Flakes to make the water sudsy.

  3. 3

    Set the faux pearls in the water, making sure that they are completely submerged.

  4. 4

    Use your hands to swirl the pearls around in the water.

  5. 5

    Rinse the pearls under warm running water.

  6. 6

    Set the pearls on a soft clean dry cloth.

  7. 7

    Fold the cloth over onto itself and gently pat the pearls dry to absorb as much of the moisture as possible.

  8. 8

    Unfold the towel and leave the pearls there until they are completely dry.

Tips and warnings

  • Wipe the pearls with a soft, clean, dry cloth after each time you wear them to remove residual perfume and make-up.
  • Avoid the use of harsh chemicals and abrasives when cleaning faux pearls as this will damage them.
  • Do not put faux pearls in an ultrasonic cleaner.

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