Cleaning Procedure For External Piercings.

  • Wash your hands before cleaning your piercing.
  • Saturate a cotton bud or non woven sterile gauze with a sterile Saline Solution.
  • Gently remove the plasma around your piercing/piercing jewellery with the saturated saline bud or gauze.
  • After cleaning, gently dry your piercing with the other end of the cotton bud or fresh gauze.
  • Clean your piercing twice a day (AM & PM) for the first month, after the first month you will only clean when needed.

Cleaning Procedure For Tongue Piercings.

  • Using a diluted mouthwash, rinse after every time you eat, drink, smoke, etc.
  • Only eat soft food for the first 4 days.
  • Reduce swelling by using an anti-inflammatory or by chewing on crushed ice.
  • Do not exchange bodily fluids. That’s right, NO kissing for 8 weeks so as to avoid any infectious diseases.

Aftercare Principles


  • Do not twist or rotate the jewellery in your fresh piercing.
  • Do not move the jewellery or touch it outside of the cleaning routine.
  • Do not pick or pull the dried matter (plasma) as it is attached to the healing tissue and will aggravate your healing process.
  • Do not clean your piercing with surgical spirits, alcohol, or bactine as these products are not designed for piercings.
  • Do not remove your jewellery during its healing process as it will begin to close immediately, making it difficult to reinsert.


  • Overcleaning your piercing or using harsh cleaning products can irritate a piercing and delay the healing process.
  • When showering, rinse any soaps, shampoos and body washes away from your fresh piercing.
  • Your piercing needs to be cleaned regularly until fully healed, which can take months, depending on the piercing and your own body.
  • If your jewellery is uncomfortable and needs to be refitted during the healing period, please contact Queen of Steel for an adjustment.
  • Avoid touching the piercing with dirty hands and fingernails. Avoid getting other people’s saliva or other bodily fluids in the area.
  • Avoid friction or pressure, such as sleeping on the piercing or any tight clothing over it.
  • Avoid swimming in dam water, fresh water lakes or any place with stagnant water including a jacuzzi during the healing process.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Queen of Steel.

Various stages of a healing piercing.

  • Freshly Pierced - At the beginning of your healing, your piercing will feel tender, might be red and will be swollen. You may experience occasional discomfort which is normal. Be extra cautious during this stage of the healing process.
  • Healing - Once the initial discomfort has settled, your piercing will begin the full phase of healing. Piercings heal from the inside out which is why it takes some time to heal and requires extra patience. Please refer to our charts below to understand the average length of the healing process for your specific new piercing. During this phase, you should still be careful with your piercing and continue your aftercare. You may still experience occasional discharge and tenderness.
  • Healed - A piercing is safely considered healed once you have passed the length of your healing time, the discharge you’ve been cleaning off for months comes to a complete end and the jewellery feels natural, without any discomfort.


At Queen of Steel your experience doesn’t end after you leave the store. We’re obsessed with ensuring your piercing is perfect which means we will recommend that you come in for a check up after six weeks, so we can ensure you’re healing appropriately. Downsizing is the process of switching your jewellery to a shorter post after initial swelling. We offer downsizing of your posts to ensure the angle is maintained and your piercing has the perfect fit.

The importance of downsizing:

Downsizing is a really important step to having healthy, happy piercings for a lifetime!
We recommend that you downsize the length of your post once your swelling has gone down. Usually six to eight weeks after piercing, depending on the area.

Benefits of downsizing:

Prevents the angle of your piercing from shifting, less bumping, less chances of irritation bumps and promotes healthy faster healing.

Piercing Health & Safety

We are obsessed with hygiene and ensuring a perfect heal for your piercing(s). Everything that touches our clients is either brand new or completely sterile through the processes laid out below.

We use only single-use sterile needles, which are then immediately discarded and, as per government regulations, are then incinerated by a recognised medical waste company.

Our piercing jewellery is sterilised in our top-of-the-line autoclave (a machine used before surgical procedures to sterilise equipment).

Any and all of our stainless steel instruments endure a multi-step cleaning process. They are ultrasonically soaked in a chemical sterilising bath, then placed in an autoclave to destroy all bacteria and potential viruses, such as HIV, Hepatitis, etc. For extra peace of mind, this autoclave is tested regularly.

In terms of our general equipment, we use nitrile or latex gloves, all disposable consumables are put straight to medical waste bins after their use, and all our instruments are kept in an ultraviolet sterilisation cabinet.

Our aftercare guides are crucial, we will advise you in-store but you can also consult them here.