How to Clean Chainmail

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How to Clean Chainmail
Chainmail was worn for defensive purposes. (armour on a stand image by Clarence Alford from

Romans started using chainmail for protective clothing in battle during the 3rd century B.C. The chainmail was produced by wrapping wire around an iron rod, then cutting the wire into rings. The rings were interlocked together and riveted or soldered closed. Early chainmail was made from iron. Modern-day chainmail is no longer used in battle; instead, it is used to make replicas of battle clothing and jewellery. It is now made from stainless steel. Cleaning stainless steel can be accomplished with a few different methods.

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Things you need

  • Baking soda
  • Flour
  • Club soda
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Cream of tartar
  • Baby oil
  • Cloths

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  1. 1

    Make a paste of water and baking soda. Rub this paste into the chainmail and rinse it off in the shower.

  2. 2

    Make a paste of flour and water. Rub the mixture into the chainmail with a soft cloth and rinse with clean water.

  3. 3

    Pour club soda into the kitchen sink. Submerge the chainmail into the soda and swish it around for two minutes. Drain the sink and rinse off the chainmail with clean water.

  4. 4

    Remove stains with a mixture of one part hydrogen peroxide and three parts cream of tartar. Buff the mixture over the chainmail with a cloth and allow it to dry. Wipe it off with a wet cloth.

  5. 5

    Shine and protect the chainmail when it is clean by rubbing it down with a cloth that has baby oil on it. Wipe it once more with a soft cloth and store the chainmail away.

Tips and warnings

  • Wipe down your chainmail with a little baby oil each time you use it.

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