Caring for your cufflinks

Posted on July 19, 2015 by Amelia Ebdon

In order to keep your cufflinks looking their best it is important to look after them carefully, and with the right methods for the different materials. Here at Alice Made This we are on hand to give you advice about how to take care of your cufflinks.

Cufflinks | Alice Made This

Steel cufflinks

Stainless steel is a robust material, and its high resistance to corrosion means that your steel cufflinks do not require much cleaning. These low maintenance cufflinks are also easy to brighten – just use soap, water, and a microfibre polishing cloth.

Steel cufflinks | Alice Made This

Brass cufflinks

Brass tarnishes at a faster rate than stainless steel, and so requires a bit more care. Exposure to air causes the oxidation process, so over time we recommend to use a household metal cleaner, such as Brasso, to restore them to their machine finish. Alternatively, pop the cufflinks into a glass of cola for a minute, then rinse and dry.

Brass cufflinks | Alice Made This

Copper cufflinks

Copper is the worst culprit for tarnishing, but it is very easy to polish your cufflinks effectively. Simply use a household metal cleaner, or the same cola trick as for brass.

Copper cufflinks | Alice Made This

Gold, rhodium, rose gold, copper plating and silver cufflinks

These metals are more precious than the solid base metals and so they require careful treatment. To polish your cufflinks, use a dry microfibre cloth, and if needed, rinse them in warm water and a gentle washing detergent, and let them air dry.

Silver cufflinks | gold cufflinks | Alice Made This

Ceramic cufflinks

As a naturally sterile material, ceramic does not require the same cleaning treatment as copper and brass. However, if there are any noticeable fingerprints or small marks then polish with a microfibre cloth. 

Ceramic cufflinks | Alice Made This

Rope cufflinks

Commonly made of polyester cord, rope cufflinks should be sponge cleaned with gentle washing detergent and patted dry.

Rope cufflinks | Alice Made This