How to clean coins? I don’t recommend to clean coins, but when it is needed, you can follow the guides I provide in this article. Usually, people are using some harmful chemicals to clean coins without having the proper knowledge. Because of that, the coins get damaged permanently. Once the coins get permanent damage, it cannot be fixed under any circumstances. Also, the chemical you are using to clean coins can harm your skin, even your life. So the safety of both coins and your life should be the priority when cleaning coins. You can safely follow the guides I provide to clean old coins.

Why people collect coins?

Collecting coins is not a time-wasting and straightforward thing. Because the value of the coins gets increases with time. Due to that, so many people are tent to collect coins professionally. Some people are collecting coins for fun. They enjoy collecting coins from different countries and different years.

Usually, the old coins are more valuable than the new coins. But the older the coin gets, the more value will be added to the coins. The coins we have today may be so valuable after 50 or 100 years. So most people are collecting coins, and they pass their collections for new generations.

With time, the shine of the coins decreases. Also, the coins get cover up with dirt, germs, and other things that can remove the natural look of a coin.

Important:- If you own high valuable coins, cleaning them can reduce the value of the coins.Because even without our notice, the small pieces of the coins get separated from the coins. So even the methods I provide have a risk of losing the value of the coins. But if you follow the techniques properly, you can minimize the damage.

why people collect coins

Why people clean coins?

As I said before, older coins are highly valuable. But with the time, the natural looks of the coins reduce due to a few reasons. So people clean coins in order to bring back the natural look of the coins.

Some professional clean coins in order to show them to the public clearly or to sell them to others.

Warning:- If you have old and highly valuable coins, cleaning them recklessly can reduce their values in thousand dollars. So the best practice is to discuss with a coin dealer before thinking about how to clean coins.

How to clean coins?

How to clean coins

Warm water treatment

This is only for the coins which have a small portion of dirt. Also, this method is not risky if you follow the same steps I provide.

First, you have to wash your hand to remove the unnecessary objects that can harm the coins. After that, you can go to your kitchen or sink to wash your coins with warm water. If not, you can put warm water into a plastic container. But never let the coins hit the plastic container. Wash your coins carefully by keeping them in your hand. Also, you have to clean coins separately rather than washing them all at once.

You can softly rub the coin in order to remove additional dirt. But make sure your nails are not damaging the coins. After washing the coins separately, you can dry out them using a soft towel. Here also dry out them separately. Make sure your towel is soft and free of the objects that can harm coins.

Soapy water treatment

This is also for the coins which have small dirt, and this is also a low-risk method. Find a plastic container and fill it with warm water. Then apply dish soap and mix well. Check for the unnecessary objects that can harm the coin and remove if there are any. Then again, wash your hands and start washing coins separately. Here also, you can rub the coins without damaging them. Make sure that either the plastic container or your nails are not damaging the coins. After washing them with soapy water, you can wash them with clean, warm water to remove the soaps from the surface.

Then again, dry out them softly using a soft towel.

Remove dirt using a brush.

This is risky, and you must only apply this method if there is more dirt available after washing them using the techniques I mentioned above.

Here the same steps I method above applies. The additional thing is you can use a brush to remove extra dirt. But make sure to use the brush while keeping the coins in the water. It can minimize the damage. But I cannot guarantee the damage, because it depends on your carefulness.

Never put a massive force on the brush to remove the dirt. It can reduce the value of coins easily. Just brush them slowly and softly while keeping the coins in the water. And finally, dry out them using a soft towel.

Isopropyl alcohol treatment

This is also a risky method you can use when there is more dirt on the coins. First, get a cup of isopropyl alcohol and apply two tablespoons of salt and mix well. Mix until the salt cubes get disappear. Then put your coins in the mixture. Here don’t put coins altogether. Just place them separately in the mixture container.

Leave it there for a few hours. The more dirt you have on the coins, the more time it will take to dissolve dirt. Usually, this mixture has more ability to clean things that water cannot. Also, keep in mind that isopropyl alcohol is flammable.

After the dirt get dissolved, take your coins out of the container and wash them with pure water. Here the pure water means the water without any chemicals like chlorine. You can buy distilled water to do this. And finally, dry out coins.

Vaseline treatment for cleaning coins

This method is also for the coins which have a small portion of dirt on them. Get a cotton bud and apply a thin vaseline layer on it. Make sure that you are not using excessive vaseline. Then softly rub both sides of the coins. Before that, you have to find where there are objects like sand on the coins. If yes, you have to wash the coins using the warm water and dry out them in order to remove those. Then you can rub the coins with vaseline and clean the coin well.

Acetone treatment

This method is too risky, and use this method carefully and only when there is extreme dirt on the coins. You can buy acetone from the hardware shops, or else you can use nail polish removers.

Get a small cup of acetone on put your coins separately inside the acetone. Make sure to remove the coins after 5 seconds in order to minimize the damage that may happen. Also, acetone is flammable, so be careful. After that, you can apply distilled water to remove the remaining acetone. And finally, dry out the coins. Never rub the coins when the aceton is on it.

The best method on how to clean coins

If you are not an expert coin dealer or a coin professional, the best method is to consult a professional. You can ask the best way to clean up the coins and the best way to keep the coins without damage.

Most people recklessly use different chemicals to clean the coins, and they end up damaging them. So the best way is to consult a professional if you are not aware of the cleaning. Otherwise, you can use the methods I have provided. But you must understand that there is a risk of every method if your coins are highly valuable.

Carefully follow the steps I have given or seek a professional to do that job for you.

Apart from these methods, you can use white vinegar, Coca-Cola to clean coins. But, it’s better to ask an expert for better directions.

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