Rock collecting can be a lot of fun. Whether you are collecting specific types of rocks or just setting up a beautiful rock garden you will need to know how to clean rocks. This isn't hard, but different types of rocks can require different types of cleaning.
To begin you will want to gather a variety of rocks. If you are going to take the time to clean rocks you should have lots of them available to get the job done right all at once.
- Start by spraying them down with a hose. Then spread your rocks out on a towel or some paper towel.
- Gather your cleaning supplies, including a toothpick, a pair of tweezers, a soft bristled brush, a harder bristled brush, and a bottle of distilled water.
- Begin cleaning your rocks by scraping off any dried debris. Use your toothpick to get this job done. You can also use the tweezers either for pulling stuff out of cracks and crevices or simply to hold smaller rocks.
- Next, you must moisten the rocks you wish to clean. Use your soft bristled brush to scrub them. If you come across a rock with a very hard surface, such as quartz, you can use a stronger brush if needed, but it is always a good idea to start with the soft one when you clean rocks. Keep adding water as needed.
Different types of rocks can go through other types of cleaning processes. This works well for the rock collector who is cleaning a wide range of rock samples.
- Geodes can be cleaned with a brush and a little dish soap. Use the brush, soap, and distilled water. Next soak the geode in a tub of water with 1/4 cup of bleach for two days. Finish scrubbing them clean by covering all the crystals and crevices with denture cleaner and scrub with your brush. Rinse well and you will now have clean geodes.
- To clean quartz, use distilled white vinegar. Soak these rocks for eight to ten hours and then use your brush to scrub them clean.
No matter what type of rocks you have, you should begin by cleaning the outside well with your brushes and water. Then you can move on to more powerful cleaning methods based on the types of rocks you have. Clean rocks can then be used in collections or in rock gardens, and small samples can even be used in crafts.