Sterilising and Maintaining Piercings and Body Jewellery:
It is important to clean and look after your piercings whether they are new or you have had them for years. We would always recommend sterilising your piercing jewellery before wearing it.
For new piercings please follow the cleaning recommendations and healing times provided by your piercer and only change your jewellery after the recommended healing time.
There are many different ways of sterilising your piercing jewellery and we would recommend the following methods:
Anti-bacterial soap and Water
This is probably the most common way to clean body jewellery and can be done in a few simple steps:
- Soak the jewellery in warm water and anti-bacterial soap.
- Rinse and dry the jewellery thoroughly.
Saline (Salt water) Solution
Saline solution can be used to clean both the piercing jewellery and the piercing itself. Commonly found as a spray bottle, spray the saline onto the jewellery and/or piercing and allow them to soak for a few minutes.
Ensure that the item is covered in the solution by cleaning it with a cotton bud, then dry it thoroughly.
This is another common method of sterilising piercing jewellery. DO NOT use this method on acrylic items or items made of natural materials such as wood or stone. Also, do not use on items containing gems as the boiling water can loosen the stones.
- Completely submerge the jewellery in boiling water for around 30 minutes.
- Dry the jewellery thoroughly.
Soap and water
Ear plugs and tunnels which are made from organic materials should be cleaned using a milder, less harsh soap. When cleaning plugs and tunnels do not allow the plug or tunnel to remain submerged in water.
- Wash with soap and warm water.
- Dry immediately!
You should never use alcohol or harsh chemicals such as peroxide on body jewellery or piercings. This can damage the piercing and irritate your skin.