Selenite is a favorite gemstone for energy workers because it has the ability to remove negative energy from other stones. It is often associated with Selene, the Greek Goddess Moon. This stone has been used for centuries to heal and keep away evil spirits.
Selenite can be called many things, including desert rose, satin spar, and golden phantom. Although the most popular type of Selenite is white, there are also golden, peach and rose variants. This stone is not for its energy. It may be kept by rock collectors for its unique appearance and coloring.
No matter what reason you have for having selenite it is important that it be cleaned properly. Because it is a variety of gypsum, this stone is much more delicate than you might think. It is water-soluble and difficult to clean.
So, in this blog, I will tell you about how to clean Selenite. Let’s get started.
How to Clean Selenite?
Selenite, unlike many other stones, cannot be submerged in water and allowed to soak. This material has a Mohs rating of 2 which means that it is very soft in comparison to other stones.
It is water-soluble so even submerging it for a few seconds can wash off the stone’s exterior.
You should also be careful when cleaning selenite with a brush or cloth.
Unprofessional cleaning can result in a milky or dull stone that will require some repair.
What is the best way to clean selenite in a vacuum? Here are six of the most effective methods:
As I have already mentioned, submerging selenite into water is a bad idea.
This doesn’t necessarily mean you have to stay out of water to clean your selenite.
Instead of submerging the stone, you can spray water on any areas that need cleaning, and then rub it with your fingers.
This will remove the dirt and debris as well as the water simultaneously. Your stone won’t soak in moisture for prolonged periods, which allows you to clean it easily without causing any damage.
You can also clean selenite by gently rubbing it with a soft, dry towel.
This will ensure that you don’t use any abrasive to scratch the finish, but still remove anything on the surface.
This is particularly useful for stones that are not sealed, as these pieces are more fragile and more prone to damage.
A soft brush is able to remove dirt and debris from selenite without damaging its surface. This is why a toothbrush with soft bristles works well. However, you can also use any other small soft brush you prefer.
Use a brush made of metal, as this can scratch the stone’s surface and make it difficult to repair.
Add a little water to the stone before you use the soft bristle. Next, take the brush and scrub the surface gently.
If necessary, you can use mild soap to remove any oil or dirt that has accumulated from the repeated handling of the selenite.
Acetone or 70% Isopropyl Alcohol
You can use alcohol or acetone on selenite for a little more cleaning power.
Use a little bit of the product to rub the stone with a soft cloth.
It is important to dry the stone thoroughly after using acetone or alcohol. They can cause damage to its surface.
Bamboo or wood
Sometimes, larger pieces of debris can stick to your selenite. This can make it difficult to remove using the above methods.
You can remove foreign materials by using a piece or bamboo cut into a wedge to free it.
These materials are less hardy than selenite and shouldn’t cause any harm during the process.
It should be stored properly
Proper storage is the best way to preserve your selenite. A small pouch keeps dirt and debris from sticking to the stone’s surface.
It may be a good idea to keep it safe from any other stones, in order to avoid scratches and dents.
Methods To Avoid For Cleaning Selenite
You should avoid using some selenite cleaning methods. These cleaning methods can cause scratches or dulling to the stone’s surface.
I’ve already discussed the first, overusing water.
You should avoid saltwater as well as tap water. Saltwater can cause the material to dissolve more quickly.
Avoid any type of acid such as muriatic acid. The stone can be easily dissolved by acid.
These products won’t harm your crystal. However, strong odors should be avoided. These odors will be difficult to remove from Selenite.
The Bottom Line
I hope you found this article helpful in deciding the best and most safest way of how to clean selenite. Please use the above methods and do share your experiences in the comment section below. Thank you for reading this blog!