How to Clean Gold Picture Frames

Updated February 21, 2017

Pictures frames are often used to showcase special people and moments in your life. Frames are made from numerous materials including plastic, wood, clay, crystal and even gold. Special care must be taken when handling and cleaning gold to ensure damage isn't done to the surface. Use a few common household items to clean gold picture frames and get them to look like new again.

Wipe the gold picture frame with a dry cloth removing any dirt and dust.

Moisten a sponge with turpentine. The sponge should be damp but not soaked. Turpentine may be purchased from most hardware stores.

Wipe the frame with the moistened sponge removing any dirt and rust.

Reapply turpentine to the sponge and wipe down the frame until completely clean.

Allow the frame to air dry.

Wipe down the gold picture frame with a dry cloth removing any dirt and dust.

Mix one ounce of baking soda with three egg whites in a small bowl. Beat the mixture with a spoon until the baking soda and egg whites are completely blended.

Dip a cloth into the mixture. Remove any excess liquid by lightly ringing the cloth.

Wipe the frame with the moistened cloth. Reapply mixture as needed and wipe the frame until completely clean.


Test a small area of the gold frame with turpentine to ensure no damage is done to the gold. Wear gloves and have adequate ventilation when using turpentine. Turpentine is a flammable liquid and a fire hazard.

Things You'll Need

  • Rubber gloves
  • Dry cloth
  • Sponge
  • Turpentine
  • Bowl
  • Spoon
  • Baking soda
  • 3 egg whites
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Diana Braun began her writing career as a consultant and technical writer for a software company focusing on how-to, training, white paper, and internal process documentation. After two years, Braun left to pursue her entrepreneurial dreams. Since then, she has launched several startups including a t-shirt business, an online marketing and advertising t-shirt distribution business, and an entertainment site. She currently resides in South Florida.