How to Clean Your Engagement or Wedding Ring at Home
No matter how much we cherish them, our engagement and wedding rings can still go through a lot. After all, when they are worn each and every day, it’s possible that they could be exposed to elements that affect their look and feel without us even knowing. Dust, dirt and household items such as lotions, perfumes, hairsprays and soaps can all play a role in gradually tarnishing the metal of your rings as well as dulling the sparkle of their stunning diamonds.
While it’s important for each of your rings to be taken to a professional to undergo a deep clean once every year or two, there are a number of tried and tested methods that prevent the build-up of dirt and provide a lighter clean that you can complete from the comfort of your own home, allowing you to keep your beloved engagement ring or wedding ring looking as good as new in between professional appointments. Taking good care of your rings is also an important factor when it comes to making sure that they remain in mint condition, which is why you should always take steps to keep your rings safe and reduce the likelihood of them becoming dirty or damaged.
Read on to find out the best ways to maintain the cleanliness of your rings to keep them looking as beautiful as the day you got them.
Tips for Engagement and Wedding Ring Care
Know When to Remove it
When it comes to completing any daily tasks or chores, there are some things that your engagement or wedding ring just isn’t cut out for. Activities such as cooking, cleaning and gardening can cause it to come into contact with unnecessary dirt. Many common household cleaning and gardening agents contain chemicals, bleaches, detergents and other formulas which could damage the gemstones of your ring and cause discolouration of the metal. Everyday rituals such as taking a shower and getting ready can cause some damage, as some products such as soaps, moisturisers, hair gels and other cosmetics can wear down and build up on the finish of your ring, reducing the brilliance of its shine over time. While it’s likely that you’ll want to show off your ring at every opportunity, it’s important that you remove it at the right times to maintain its beautiful aesthetic.
Store it Correctly
When you do remove your ring, you’ll need to decide on an appropriate place to store it to avoid it being misplaced and reduce the chances of accidental damage. Diamonds can loosen and metal bands can dent, deform or tarnish, so you should keep your ring somewhere safe so that it doesn’t come into contact with any external elements. You could store your ring in its original ring box, a fabric-lined jewellery case or a soft fabric pouch to keep it out of harm’s way and ensure that it remains safe until you put it back on. Wherever you choose, make sure that it stays in a cool, dry place, as heat and humidity have the power to tarnish metals and gemstones when left for too long.
Inspect the Quality
When it comes to engagement rings and wedding ring care, prevention is the key. Inspecting the quality of your ring on a regular basis enables you to keep an eye out for any imperfections and solve any issues before it is too late. Paying attention to the stones, claws and finish allows you to maintain your ring at a high standard, and you’ll also be able to identify when it’s time for it to be cleaned.
Giving your engagement or wedding ring the correct care allows it to stand the test of time while minimising the need for unnecessary cleaning.
How to Clean an Engagement Ring
If you decide to clean your engagement ring at home, it’s important to remember that every piece is different and may require different cleaning instructions. This particular method can be used to clean up any type of diamond ring and restore a level of its original beauty, but it’s important to note that your ring will still need to be cleaned professionally later.
Simply take dishwashing soap, warm water, a soft-bristle toothbrush and a soft cloth and do the following:
- Mix a little dishwashing soap with the warm water and soak your ring in it for around 15 minutes.
- Gently brush the stone with the soft-bristle toothbrush, then take it out of the soapy water and rinse it under clean running water – be sure that your sink drain is stopped.
- Wipe the ring with a soft towel.
- Repeat the process again if needed.
When it comes to wedding and engagement ring cleaning, be sure to avoid using any harsh cleaning agents or chemicals that could affect the delicate metal and stone surfaces.
How to Clean a Wedding Ring
For a plain wedding ring, the best method that you can use to clean it properly depends on the type of metal. If the above method doesn’t clean your ring to the standard that you were hoping for, here are a couple of tips and tricks that might just work for you.
To give a solid gold ring a new lease of life, often many jewellers will sell home cleaning kits for selected metals. Brands such as Connoisseurs are available in-store at Milton’s Diamonds with a variety of specialised products for diamonds and precious metals.
These simple methods are sure to keep your engagement ring or wedding ring looking as fresh as ever, no matter the length of time that you have had it for. You should ensure not to clean your ring too often so as to avoid any damage; however, if there is an imperfection that you’re unable to get rid of, a professional is always best.
If you are still looking to buy an engagement or wedding ring, you can read more about choosing the right one for you with our Engagement Ring Buying Guide and Wedding Ring Buying Guide to make your life a little easier.