Cuban Gold Chain Care - How to Clean and Care for your Cuban Link Chain

Lester Fangonilo - October 19, 2021


Cuban chain gold chains have been a popular fashion item until now. If you want to keep using them, how do you clean your Cuban link chain?

2mm Cuban chain in 18k Gold


Cuban gold chains are here to stay. Aside from being a famous men’s jewelry piece, they’re also incredibly stylish, especially if you keep them clean. That's why we’re here to talk about how to clean and care for your Cuban link chain.

Gold jewelry suits just about everyone. It helps you exude an aura of confidence and luxury. This could explain why men prefer wearing gold jewelry, or gold chains in particular. There are a variety of gold chains available in the market, such as Cuban link chains, Figaro chains, rope chains, and more, but the most popular in the street scene is the Cuban link chain. 


2mm Rope Chain by Oliver Cabell


Cuban link chains, also known as Curb chains, are gold chains most associated with the hip-hop/rapper community. People who use Cuban link chains usually wear this jewelry to add a dose of masculinity and swag to their look.

Cuban link chains are gold-plated shiny-looking accessories that are timeless and popular worldwide. Even as years pass by, these gold chains will remain relevant in the fashion industry. However, keeping this jewelry piece in tiptop shape can be very demanding.


4mm Cuban chain bracelet in 18k Gold


Cleaning Your Cuban Gold Link Chain

The popularity and trendiness of gold chains may have convinced you to buy a pair or two. We get it. I mean, who wouldn’t? They’re masculine, elegant, and an attention-grabber. Still, the wear and tear nature of all shiny objects also apply to your favorite gold chains. 

The gold plating in jewelry is usually long-lasting, depending on the carat number of the jewelry. However, some will probably lose their color after some time. 

Eventually, any gold chain will lose color and shine. Some of the most common reasons for color fading are sweat, body oil, makeup, lotions, and others. Therefore, you have to clean it very well to prevent color from fading and your gold from losing its gleam. 

The question is, how often do you clean them? 

As much as possible, clean your gold chains every few weeks to keep them shiny for a very long time. But the question is, how do you clean your gold chains? 

Look at the methods stated below that can help you with your jewelry maintenance.

Methods Of Cleaning Cuban Gold Link Chains

The methods enumerated here are easy to follow. Moreover, you can do them yourself with materials and ingredients available at your home.


1.4mm Cuban Chain by Oliver Cabell


Clean With Warm Water, Baking Soda, And Dishwashing Detergent

  • First, get a bowl to mix the ingredients in. 
  • Fill the bowl with lukewarm water (room temperature), then mix the baking soda and mild dishwashing detergent into the water. 
  • Put the jewelry in a bowl filled with the solution and leave it for 10 minutes. 
  • Then, gently scrub the gold chain using a soft microfiber cloth or a polishing cloth. When you see that the gold chain is clean, rinse the jewelry with warm water and pat it dry. 
  • Make sure to keep it in a silk pouch with no other jewelry to avoid scratches.  

Use Beer To Clean Your Gold Link Chain

Beers are acidic, so it helps with the rusting of your jewelry. In this method, you have to pour a little amount of beer onto a microfiber cloth and scrub the jewelry using the beer-soaked cloth. After cleaning it through, it will come back to its luster. 

Use Toothpaste

Using toothpaste as a cleaning material for a gold chain is both nifty and practical. You just have to apply just the right amount of toothpaste. 

  • Place the toothpaste on a soft and wet toothbrush and brush the gold chains gently. 
  • Leave the toothpaste on the gold chain for 5 minutes, then rinse it using warm water. 
  • Finally, dry it with a soft cloth or a polishing cloth. 

Ultrasonic Cleaner

An ultrasonic cleaner is a good choice for thick chains, but you can use it even for smaller ones.  Just place it inside the machine and set it to the mode of cleaning for a specific piece of jewelry. However, this method might be a bit risky since there is a machine involved. So, it will be better to consult a jeweler before actually using one. 

Visit a Jeweler

If the above methods just don't work for you, or if you don’t trust yourself with doing these things at home, try visiting a jeweler. Jewelers are, after all, professionals. So if any of the methods mentioned above won’t do, or if you don’t have the time, better call a jeweler.  

Things To Avoid When You Clean Gold Link Chains

Chemicals are a no-go when it comes to jewelry. The composition of the chemicals reacts strongly to metal. That’s why stay away from chemicals or keep them away from your jewelry not to damage them. Avoid or keep away from chemicals such as soap, chlorine, bleach, and others to not destroy your gold chain.  

Gold Link Chains Maintenance

It is good to clean every few weeks so you can avoid losing the color of your jewelry. Just make sure always to keep your gold chains clean and dry. You can store it on pouches, most preferably silk, to keep it close to its pristine condition. 

Avoid touching your gold chains to chemicals like makeup, perfume, body lotion, and hair products. The substances in the latter will react to the gold and result in color fading. 

Lastly, avoid using your gold chains when you’re prone to sweating. For example, when you’re out in the sun, you tend to sweat a lot. In this case, do not wear your jewelry. Our sweat has chemicals that react with jewelry, so don’t risk it.

If it is unavoidable, i.e., if you’re just naturally sweaty, just make sure to dry your sweat off or don’t wear any jewelry at all. 


Cleaning your jewelry can be a demanding task, but doing so will have future rewards. Nevertheless, there are easier and more accessible ways of cleaning your gold chain, like the ones we mentioned in this article. 

Just follow the tips and tricks above to prolong the lifespan of your gold chains. In the end, maintaining and cleaning your jewelry will help you dazzle for years and years to come.