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Can amber wax be cleaned with an ultrasonic cleaner?

Date: 2022-11-02Number: 522


Now, people are using ultrasonic cleaning machines to clean their glasses, jewelry, especially metal jewelry. It's so shiny and Breakup Buddies, good stuff, good stuff, so... Put their own jewelry in the ultrasound to wash, such as their favorite amber pendant...

Some people say that beeswax amber can not be cleaned with ultrasound, otherwise the consequences are very serious! True or false? Why?


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1, ultrasonic cleaning machine cleaning principle

Ultrasonic cleaning machine, mainly through the transducer, the high-power ultrasonic source of sound energy into mechanical vibration, and then through the cleaning tank wall will be ultrasonic radiation to the tank cleaning fluid.

Because of the ultrasonic radiation, the micro-bubbles in the liquid in the tank can keep vibrating under the action of sound waves, and then destroy the adsorption between the waste and the surface of the cleaning piece, resulting in the fatigue damage of the waste layer, so they are separated, in other words, scrubbing a solid surface with the vibration of a gas-type bubble.

Why beeswax amber can not be cleaned by ultrasound

Ultrasound is a sound wave with a frequency higher than 20,000 hertz. Cleaning with an ultrasonic cleaning machine also produces a strong vibration, with pressure and heat, that we can't perceive with the naked eye, but in the case of amber, it was a potentially fatal blow.

It's well known that beeswax amber is a fossil of an organic resin, with a large number of bubbles and pores that are indistinguishable to the naked eye, and natural amber inevitably has a few flaws, such as cracks, that may not be noticeable to the naked eye, or hard to see, but in high-frequency ultrasonic vibration, it is likely to crack more obvious, and even shattered.

It's more dangerous if it's amber that's been optimized, especially if it's filled and bonded, and it's broken. Well, it sounds like it's an effective way to identify and eliminate shoddy imitation of natural amber, but for natural amber, the damage is no less severe.

It's not just amber that can not be cleaned with ultrasound

Fair Warning:

1) organic gems like beeswax and amber can not be cleaned by ultrasonic wave, such as pearls, corals, tortoise shells, ivory, and coal jade, etc. 

2) the gems that have been optimized can not be cleaned by ultrasonic wave, or the diamonds, emeralds, opals that have been filled, and the red and sapphires that have been optimized by heat treatment

3) the inlaid gems and their carvings can not be cleaned by ultrasonic wave, which may lead to looseness and damage.

How to clean wax amber properly

Wearing beeswax amber inevitably contaminated with dust, sweat, how to do? In fact, it is not very difficult, put in clean water in the bath, Rub, rub with soft cotton cloth can be wiped clean. If you encounter more stubborn dirt, with a soft-bristled toothbrush in the water gently brush clean, you can also dip in neutral cleaning agent brush.

When it comes to detergents, there may be some concern as to whether beeswax amber can be cleaned with detergents? In theory, amber is soluble in sulfuric and hot nitric acid, and in part in alcohol, gasoline, ethanol, and turpentine, ingredients that are not normally found in our household cleaners, so feel free to use them, if you still worry, you can use a soft-bristled toothbrush dip toothpaste to clean, but be careful not to use with particles of Frosted toothpaste.

Beeswax amber in ordinary life as far as possible to reduce the touch of alcohol, nail polish, nail polish remover, perfume, hair gel, pesticides, etc. , but contact with these organic solvents do not worry, immediately wash can, also won't beeswax amber to cause what effect, please rest assured!