A Guide to Cleaning Your Engagement Ring

Knowing how to clean your engagement ring is crucial to keeping it nice and sparkly. Many people think that simply washing your hands is enough to keep your ring clean, but it just isn’t enough. Here are a few guidelines and tips to help you understand the correct way to care for your engagement ring.

A Guide to Cleaning Your Engagement Ring

Top 10 Things to Do to Care for Your Engagement Ring

  • When taking part in physical activity or sports, take your ring off ahead of time. This way you not only keep your ring from getting dirty, but you are avoiding injuring others with your ring.
  • Take off your ring before applying lotion, make-ups, hair spray and perfumes.
  • Don’t wear your ring while you clean your house with chemicals.
  • To avoid losing your ring, always keep it in the same place when you take it off.
  • Keep your ring looking brilliant by cleaning it once a week.
  • If you plan on jumping in the hot tub or pool, remember to remove your ring first! The chlorine can dull the look of your ring.
  • Try not to rub your stone too much – it will cause dirt and oils to build up on the stone and setting of your ring.
  • This should go without saying, but try not to use anything abrasive to clean your ring.
  • When your ring gets wet, dry the stones with lint free cloth rather than having them air dry.

Baking Soda Cleaning

Baking soda is a mild and non-abrasive cleaning agent that that’s perfect for cleaning your engagement ring.  If your ring is only mildly dirty, mix baking soda with a small amount of water to form a paste and then rub the paste all around the stone and the engagement ring setting.  This will clean an engagement ring without harming the metals or the stone.  Dry and polish you ring with a lint free cloth.

Soap Detergent and Water Cleaning

Use 1 part dishwashing detergent and 3 parts warm water and then take a soft bristle toothbrush and scrub the stone and the ring.  This helps to clean out lotions, oils and general grime.  If the ring is very dirty, let it soak overnight. Dry and polish with a lint free cloth.

Ammonia Cleaning

Swirl your ring around in 1 part straight ammonia and 3 parts warm water for a couple of minutes. If it’s still dirty, use a soft bristled brush to continue cleaning your engagement ring.  Dry and polish with a lint free cloth.

Jewelry Cleaning Solutions

You can purchase a jewelry cleaning solution at your local store.  These solutions require you to soak the ring over-night.  You will then rinse your ring off with warm tap water and then dry it with a lint free cloth.

Steam and Ultrasonic Cleaning

Steam and ultrasonic cleaning can help bring your ring back to its original brilliant shine.  The jeweler that you purchased your ring from should provide this service to you at no charge, while other jewelers may charge you about $10 or less.

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