I have a pretty decent-sized amethyst cathedral geode similar to
this => http://www.ganoksin.com/gnkurl/ep7z3m
I'm moving to a new studio space and would like to keep it either
there or in my office but, it needs a little bit of cleaning up
Because we kept the geode in the shower in one of our bathrooms,
there is a slight build-up of mineral and soap deposits on the
crystals. We have hard water, but we do have a system-wide water
softener installed, so the deposits aren't TOO bad. There's still
enough of a visible layer of deposits that it cuts down on the
geode's sparkliness (word?).
I was thinking maybe soak it in a 1:1 solution of vinegar/water--or
perhaps even just straight vinegar--for a couple to a few hours,
then scrub with a toothbrush (or small brass bristle brush) to see
what happens? Speaking of cleaning with a brush, those freaking
crystals are sharp! ;-D --So I'd like to avoid having to get my hands
inside of it--I've stabbed myself a few times already despite trying
to move carefully. That is to say, a mineral-dissolving soak of some
kind would be preferred. [I wouldn't dare think of using something
like CLR on it--or, maybe that would work?]
So, any other thoughts on how to clean one of these? I guess my
concern is not knowing how susceptible the coloring of the amethyst
is to any kind of (harsh) cleaners. The crystals are a really deep,
pretty purple, and I'd like for them to remain that way.
Thanks in advance.