Caring Guide: Tips on How to Clean Your Engagement Ring
Your engagement ring is probably one of the most valuable pieces of jewellery you have ever owned. Aside from that, it also presents a lot of memories and sentimental value, so of course, you should know how to take good care of it.
Any fine jewellery should be well-maintained and cleaned to preserve their brilliance and shine. However, applying natural oils and hand lotions on your skin, and even when applying makeup and hair products can eventually make your jewellery look dull and dirty.
Most jewellery is relatively easy to maintain as long as you know what you’re doing. To keep your engagement ring bright and shiny, you’ll want to clean it thoroughly and regularly. Doing so can also reduce the cleaning process in the long run. The recommended interval would be at least once a month or so. However, each engagement ring is unique and uses various settings and metals, so knowing what care your ring needs before you begin the cleaning process is vital.
There are different methods of how you can clean your engagement ring at home. Here are some of the most widely-used techniques:
Soap and Water Method
Step 1: Gather a small bowl, gentle dish soap, and warm water.
Step 2: Mix the soap with warm water.
Step 3: Soak your ring for about 20-45 minutes (depending on how dirty it is).
Step 4: Get a very soft toothbrush and gently scrub into the nooks and crannies of your engagement ring.
Step 5: Plug your drain first (very important), then rinse off your ring in clean, warm water.
Step 6: Pat it dry with a clean cloth, or you can also leave it to air dry before wiping it off with a clean fabric.
Step 1: Buy any jewellery cleaner as long as it’s non-abrasive.
Step 2: Spray your engagement ring with the solution or let it soak in a small bowl if it’s full of dirt.
Step 3: Utilize an old, soft toothbrush that you don’t use (or buy a new one if you prefer) and gently scrub the ring.
Step 4: Rinse your ring under warm running water. But first, don’t forget to plug the drain!
Windex and Hydrogen Peroxide (For Gold and Silver)
Step 1: Get a small bowl and mix a 50/50 solution of hydrogen peroxide and Windex.
Step 2: Soak your ring for about 10–15 minutes. The mixed solution will remove the dirt build-up and kill any bacteria in the ring.
Step 3: After soaking your ring in the solution, gently scrub it using a soft toothbrush to remove any residue.
Step 4: Rinse your engagement ring with lukewarm water and pat it dry.
Here’s What You Should Remember
While knowing the proper ways of cleaning your engagement ring is important, it is also necessary to understand the things you should not do on a day-to-day basis.
I. Your engagement ring is a delicate object; therefore, handling it with extreme care is essential. If you bang your ring onto a hard object or surface, it could loosen the setting or chip the band. So if you’re going to do something labour intensive, be sure to take off your ring and put it in a safe place.
II. Remove your ring while preparing your meals. Oils and other food products can eventually discolour your ring if you’re not careful enough.
III. If your engagement ring has a warranty, be sure to stay up-to-date on your maintenance appointments.
Regardless of the method used, the safest way to clean your engagement ring is to be gentle and patient during the entire cleaning process. Remember, excessive brushing and using rough bristled toothbrush can loosen or damage the diamonds and other gemstones.
Lastly, if you’re not going to wear your engagement ring for the day, it is best to keep it inside a jewellery box. After all, prevention is still better than finding a cure.