Cleaning mold off of Pearls

Hi all,

I have been talking to Dashka Roth in New Orleans. She has been able
to salvage a few things, (don’t ask about the house or the cars…or
the clothes…or the…well I could just go on and on). Anyway
he needs to know the best way to clean mold and other things, (leave
it at that), off of pearls. She has rinsed them and used mild soap.
The various sites say don’t use ammonia, baking soda, harsh
detergents or Dawn dish soap. Any brilliant suggestions on what TO
use’ Accurate info would be seriously appreciated.


Lisa, (yes they called me. I am going to Louisiana. I will write
that letter later tonight) Topanga, CA


I wanted to say that I commend you for volunteering to work in New
Orleans, and wanted to say Thank You, from all of us who would like
to go, but cannot.

That said, I have had great success in cleaning the filthiest of
pearls by simply soaking them in Efferdent. That’s right, denture
cleaner. Two tablets in a glass of water, and they come out sparkling
clean. You can buy any generic brand, just don’t buy one with a
breath freshener, like Listerine. If the pearls are strung, be sure
to lay them out on a towel to dry. You don’t want the cord to shrink.

If they are deeply stained, there’s not much you can do, except
maybe dye them to hide the blemishes.

Douglas Zaruba
33 N. Market St.
Frederick, MD 21701
301 695-1107

I use a thick salt “paste” in a wet wash cloth, then rinse well /
dry / restring.

Judy Shaw, GJG