How to Clean Euro Coins
Euro coin collection is adored by many not only to its rare design but also for its high value. Unfortunately, most coin collectors don’t want to clean their coins as cleaning can greatly affect the value of collectible euro coins. An old coin usually accumulates a “patina” which is a coin build up over years. The patina build up can add value to collector’s coin and plays a vital part of its overall essence. Patina build up can also protect the coins. However, if you want to have a shiny euro coins, then proper methods of cleaning is essential.
The things that you will need are rubber mat, warm tap water, 2 small containers, soft cloth, distilled water, mild liquid detergent and dry towel.
Here are the steps in cleaning euro coins:
- Before cleaning, make sure to wash your hands first with soap and water to remove oils from your fingers.
- Place a rubber mat on a flat surface where you would like to clean euro coins. This will also provide space for coins to dry and will catch coins that you might accidentally drop.
- Set up you cleaning solution. Get a small plastic container and pour in warm tap water. Add small amount of mild liquid dishwashing detergent into the plastic container and stir them well. Avoid using a glass container or a china ware as the hard surface may scratch your collectible coins.
- Before proceeding on the actual coin cleaning, prepare the final rinse of coins. Get a second plastic container and fill in distilled water.
- After preparing the cleaning solution and final rinse, you can now clean the coins. Get your euro coins and immerse them into the 1st plastic container with your soapy solution. Allow the coins to sit for few minutes.
- Scrub both sides of your euro coin with a soft cloth. Pay particular attention to debris and gunk.
- Scrub gunk in an outward pattern away from the center. You can also rub euro coins with your thumb. Make sure to clean the coins one piece at a time.
- After cleaning the coins, rinse them in running water. Rub the coins with your fingers to remove any soapy residue. Avoid rubbing too hard as this can scratch your euro coins.
- Do the final rinsing. Drop the coins into the 2nd container with distilled water. Avoid touching the surface of the coins. Touch only the edges to avoid other contaminants from accumulating the coins.
- Get a clean, dry towel and wipe the coins one by one. Set the coins aside to air dry for few minutes.
Make certain that your euro coins are absolutely dry before storing them. Damp coins can be damaged over time. Avoid using strong cleaning solution in removing coin patina as this can damage the surface of your coins.
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