How to Properly Clean Your Engagement Ring
Did you know that the average cost of an engagement ring in 2021 is around $5,000? But all too often we neglect to keep this sentimental and significant piece of jewelry clean. This can result in a dull and discolored ring that we don’t want to show off.
In order to keep your ring sparkling and looking its best, you’ll need to clean it on a regular basis. While this may seem time-consuming and complicated, we promise it’s not! With a few minutes and basic supplies, you can get your ring looking like the day it was first placed on your finger.
If you’re not sure how to keep your diamond shining, be sure to keep reading! We have your ultimate guide for how to clean your ring all throughout the year.
How Often Should You Clean Your Ring?
Your engagement ring comes into contact with a lot of different products, chemicals, and surfaces without you even realizing it. On any given day, you may find yourself using hairspray, digging in your garden, cooking with oils, or touching a public surface. Each time your hands come into contact with something, it’s likely that your ring does as well.
It’s a good idea from both an appearance and hygiene perspective to clean your jewelry on a regular basis.
When to Clean Your Engagement Ring
There are a few signs that it’s time to clean your engagement ring. You might notice that your ring is less shiny and sparkly than before. Or perhaps the metal is dull and your stone is discolored or cloudy.
Another sign is just by visible inspection. If you look at the setting and delicate features of your engagement ring, you may see signs of debris. Items like lotions and shampoos can leave behind a film, interfering with your ring’s appearance.
There are also some general rules for how often to tackle jewelry care, both at home and professionally. Here are a few suggestions:
- Weekly – Set a few minutes aside each week to clean your engagement ring. This doesn’t have to be a deep clean, but a quick once over with a soft toothbrush to keep it sparkling.
- Monthly – Do a deeper, more thorough cleaning once a month. Use one of our suggestions below for your specific ring design and materials.
- Twice a Year – It’s a great idea to take your ring in somewhere every six months for jewelry cleaning. A good jeweler will also look over your setting, address any minor fixes, and let you know if there may be any major concerns. A professional cleaning can end up saving you in the long run if you have a warranty or end up having a loose stone.
How to Clean Your Engagement Ring
The best way to clean your engagement ring can depend a lot on your specific stone, type of metal, and setting. However, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best ways for you to clean your jewelry at home.
Soap and Water
The best, and most simple, method of jewelry care is to get a bowl of warm water with some gentle dish soap.
Let your ring soak in the solution for at least 20 to 40 minutes. Be careful not to leave it too long, as water spots and damage can still occur!
After your ring has had a chance to sit, clean it with a very soft-bristled toothbrush. This will allow you to get into the nooks and crannies of your setting and dislodge anything that’s stuck. Be careful not to scrub too hard and damage your ring!
Once your ring is clean, rinse it off. Be careful to plug any drains to avoid a tragedy! Then, dry it gently with a microfiber or cotton cloth (which won’t scratch the metal). Let it air dry for at least half an hour before putting it back on your ring finger.
There are a lot of products available that are marketed as jewelry cleaners. But be sure to look at the ingredients to make sure there is no harsh chemical or product that can harm your ring.
Instead, look for an all natural cleaner that is specifically designed to be gentle on all types of jewelry.
Some cleaners come with trays and brushes to make your life even easier. After you soak them in the solution and clean them manually, you’ll rinse and dry them off.
It’s a good idea to buy some extra soft clothes with which to dry your ring. Don’t rely on paper towels, which can be abrasive and cause scratches.
Depending on your metal and gemstones, you probably have items in your home that you can use to clean your engagement ring.
If you have a gold or silver diamond ring, you can mix equal parts of glass cleaner and hydrogen peroxide in a bowl. The glass cleaner will help remove any buildup, while the hydrogen peroxide can help disinfect your ring.
Soak your ring for 10 to 15 minutes, then gently scrub it with a toothbrush. Rinse it and dry it with a soft cloth, then leave it to dry before placing it back on your finger.
Another possible cleaning solution is 1/2 cup vinegar and two tablespoons of baking soda. While that might sound like a school science experiment, it works well on silver diamond rings. Avoid this approach with any other metal, such as gold, white gold, or platinum, which can scratch or become discolored.
Make sure the baking soda is completely dissolved, then soak your ring for two hours. Rinse it off, dry it completely, and you’re good to go!
What Not to Use
Whatever you do, avoid harsh chemicals and abrasive substances. Items like bleach, nail polish remover, or baking soda can actually scratch metal and dull your gemstones. Many times that damage can be permanent.
Since you’re trying to brighten up your ring, avoid using anything too harsh that can cause blemishes.
Get a Clean Ring Today
Cleaning your engagement ring is important to keep this sentimental piece looking brand new. It’s also easier to clean it than you thought! Using items you already have, or investing in a quality jewelry cleaner, your ring can continue to sparkle every day.
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