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Cleaning Minerals

Minerals and acids that can dissolve these minerals



The cleaning of minerals is an activity common in many of the mineral collectors. The minerals found in mines and quarries usually are either dirty or covered of clays or oxides that disfigure the specimen. Also it is common to find mineral covered with layers or mineralizations of calcite, quartz or other that we wished to eliminate to obtain the mineral that really interests to us.

The suitable method to clean mineral sayings usually happens to submerge them in some type of solution eliminates either or is simply clear water or a water mixture and some acid type. In these cases the solubility of the minerals is possible to have the account that are in the specimen which we are going to clean then those soluble minerals to the effect of acid will end up more or less quickly disappearing.

Next it will find a mineral list and acids that they are soluble, it is this acids can dissolve these minerals, which means that you must to avoid the contact of the mineral with these acids unless our objective is to eliminate the mineral.

The acids are dangerous can damage not only by contact but also by inhalation, the mixtures with other substances also can be harmful, its manipulation must be extremely careful and it only must be done by adult people who know what they are doing.



Minerals list

Adamite

   

Adular

Anatase

    

Anglesite

Antimonite

 

Apatite

 

Apophyillite

  
 

Aragonite

 

Argentite

Arsenic

 

Atacamite

Aurichalcite

 

Autunite

 

Azurite

 

Barite

Beryl

 

Bismuthinite

Biotite

 

Bornite

 

Chalcedony

Chalcopyrite

 

Calcite

 

Carnotite

 

Cassiterite

Celestite

 

Cerussite

Cinnabar

 

Copper

Colemanite

 

Chrysocolla

  
 

Crocoite

 

Cuprite

 

Diamond

Diopside

 

Distene

Dioptase

 

Dolomite

 

Enargite

Epidote

 

Fluorite

Fosgenite

 

Greenockite

Galena

 

Gold

Gypsum

 

Hematite

Halite

 

Hemimorphite

 

Hornblend

Ilmenite

 

Ilvaite

 

Lazulite

Linarite

 

Magnetite

Manganite

 

Malachite

 

Marcasite

Meneghinite

 

Millerite

MeteoricIron

 

Okenite

Olivine

 

Opal

  
 

Orthoclase

Quartz

 

Pyrite

Pirrotine

 

Pyromorphite

 

Prehnite

 

Rhodochrosite

Rhodonite

 

Rutile

  
 

Scolecite

Siderite

 

Siegenite

Smithsonite

 

Sphalerite

Stilbite

 

Strontianite

Sulfur

 

Talc

Tennantite

 

Tetrahedrite

Topaz

 

Tourmaline

Turquoise

 

Vanadinite

 

Vesuvianite

  

Vivianite

Wolframite

  

Wulfenite

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