How to clean coins 🥝 how to clean an old trifle, how to make money shine

We all use money and coins (rubles, pennies) and, of course, it is much more pleasant to pick them up, clean and shiny. The question of how to clean, bleach coins to a shine, what kind of polishing is needed, often arises for those who acquire valuable collection money not for everyday use, but as a profitable investment. How to do it right so that they shone, you will learn from this article.

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How to clear coins?

Various funds are suitable for cleaning money. It could be:

  • Toothpaste;
  • ammonia;
  • vinegar;
  • lemon or citric acid powder;
  • Coca Cola;
  • baby or household soap;
  • special tools.


In addition, you will need:

  • soft rag;
  • a brush with soft or medium hard bristles;
  • thin needle.

Important! Keep in mind that technology cleaning old coins and for everyday use will be very different. The former require a more accurate and attentive approach using less aggressive means.

In order not to make a mistake, find out how to determine the value of a coin.

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How to wash coins at home?

There are several simple ways to clear regular metal money.

Option 1

  1. Wipe the coins with a solution of vinegar - 3-5%.
  2. Gently brush the surface with a little toothpaste.
  3. Remove residue with a damp cloth.
  4. Gently polish to a shine with a dry rag.


Option 2

  1. Put the money in water.
  2. Wipe the surface of the coin with soda directly in the water.
  3. Treat with cotton soaked in ammonia.
  4. Re-treat with soda, rubbing it into the surface.
  5. Rinse with water and polish.

Option 3

  1. Pour Coca-Cola into a bowl.
  2. Throw coins there and leave for the night.
  3. In the morning, take the money out of Coca-Cola.
  4. Rinse with running water so that they are not sticky.
  5. Polish with a soft cloth.


Option 4

  1. Wipe the coins with a solution of hydrochloric acid - not very concentrated.
  2. Dry the product carefully.

Important! Please note that all these methods are quite aggressive and there may be small scratches on the coin. Therefore, apply such methods coin cleaning unacceptable.

A more gentle way of cleaning - baby or household soap:

  1. Take ⅛ of the bar per 1 liter of water.
  2. Rub the soap on a grater or dissolve a whole piece in water - in the second case, the procedure will be longer.
  3. Soak the coins in the prepared solution.
  4. Hold them for 3-10 hours, depending on the degree of contamination.
  5. Rub lightly with a soft brush - an old toothbrush will do.
  6. Once the coins shine again, rinse with running water and polish with a dry rag.

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How to clean old coins?

Before you start cleaning old expensive coins, be sure to determine the alloy from which they are made. This is what will become the determining criterion in choosing the right means and technology for wiping off dirt.


To clear money from this metal, do the following:

  1. Prepare a soap solution from children's or household soap with water in the proportion of 1/8 part of the bar per 1 liter of water.
  2. Soak for a short time and gently rub with your fingers.
  3. Put the pan on the fire and heat it up - the effect will be much better. But in no case do not boil!
  4. Repeat the procedure as necessary.
  5. Dry by placing a coin between the soft tissues.

Important! Never use brushes or rub a coin, even after washing. Please note that the whole process can take up to 10 days.



Choose a method for cleaning silver coins, taking into account 2 factors:

  • how much the metal has oxidized;
  • alloy test.

To wipe dirt off high-spec money with signs of severe oxidation:

  1. Pour ammonia into a bowl.
  2. Put precious items in it.
  3. Hold for 1 hour.
  4. Place between a soft, moisture-absorbent cloth until the surface dries completely.

Base products clean with a special tool - “Trilon B”. How to use it is indicated in the instructions.


Copper and Bronze

Bronze and copper are a kind of metal. Distinctive properties of these alloys is the formation over time of a natural coating of dark brown, and even almost black, patina. It is she who will indicate the true age of the coin, serve as a determining factor in the evaluation of the product. Moreover, the smoother and more uniform this plaque, the more beautiful the coin itself looks.

Important! Do not try to clean the patina - this will not only reduce the cost of the coin, but can also damage the metal itself.

Dust, dirt accumulate on the surface of such products and green spots may appear - these require removal. To do this, follow this instruction:

  1. Wash the coin under running water.
  2. Wipe gently with a solution of 9% vinegar or citric acid.
  3. Rinse the product again with warm water.
  4. Dry by wrapping in a soft cloth, but do not rub it.



The main problem of this metal is corrosion and whitish coating. You can get rid of them this way:

  1. Wipe money from iron with a weak solution of hydrochloric acid.
  2. Carefully clean severely damaged areas with a brass wire brush or a thin needle.
  3. Rinse with running water as soon as all oxides and rust have melted and are easily removed.
  4. Dry by wrapping the product in a soft cloth.
  5. Wipe with felt to restore the shine to the coin.


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How can you not clean coins?

Before you clean your coins at home, please also note that such tools and substances are categorically unsuitable for this purpose:

  • highly concentrated solutions of nitric, acetic, sulfuric and hydrochloric acid - they can melt the embossing on the product and the whole pattern;
  • sandpaper - it completely removes the patina from bronze and copper and changes the chased surface relief;
  • heating to maximum heat - this can lead to the destruction of the metal, and, accordingly, after the procedure, the coin will simply crumble;
  • brushes with metal nap - they are much tougher than brass or with artificial and natural hair, therefore they also lead to a change in the surface relief of valuable coins.


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Useful Tips

  1. To preserve the integrity of copper and bronze coins for a longer time, cover them with a thin layer of furniture varnish, for example, NTs-222.
  2. If the product is badly damaged, crumbles in your hands or you are not sure that you can properly clean the old coin yourself - take it immediately to a specialist restorer.
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Using our tips, you can easily return the shine and radiance to expensive coins from your collection if you follow these rules.

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