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How to Clean Your Engagement Ring at Home

Posted by Burrells on Oct 9, 2018 10:25:54 AM

How to Clean Your Engagement Ring at Home

Our engagement rings have a lot to deal with. We wear them every day. At work. At play. And whether we are typing a report, putting on makeup, or working out at the gym, they are right there with us. Facing up to the dust and grime that is an unavoidable part of everyday life.

If you want to keep your most-cherished accessory shining bright for the weeks, years, and decades after you slip it on, then it pays to know how to take care of it. Which means cleaning it regularly and treating it with the TLC it deserves.

We have brought together our top tips for keeping your engagement ring looking its best, below.

 

Look But Don’t Touch

It can be tempting to touch your ring regularly, especially when it’s a recent addition to your jewellery collection. After all, that sparkling gem is just crying out for a closer look. But regularly taking off and handling your ring can cause it to become dirtier faster.

Diamonds and other gemstones attract grease really easily, and however often (and thoroughly) you clean your hands, your fingers will still transfer their natural oils onto the stone. Over time, this build-up of oil, causes a stone to lose its sparkle. Play it safe and keep your hands to yourself.

 

how often should you clean your engagement ring?

How often do you think you should clean your engagement ring? Once a year? Once a month? Maybe once a week? It’s probably a question you haven’t given much thought to. Experts suggest cleaning your engagement ring every few weeks to keep it looking at its best. 

 

step by step guide

It should go without saying but don’t let harsh or abrasive chemicals anywhere near your ring. Strong chemicals like bleach and acetone can start to break down the base metals in your engagement ring, while abrasive products like baking soda and powdered cleaners can cause scratches and lasting damage.

Here's how to gently clean your engagement ring at home:

 

Step 1:

Fill a bowl with a little regular washing up liquid and some warm (not hot) water. Let your ring sit in this soapy bath for 20 to 40 minutes to loosen any dirt and grime.

How to Clean Your Engagement Ring at Home - Step 1

 

Step 2:

You should then use a soft bristled toothbrush to gently clean the stone and setting of the ring.

How to Clean Your Engagement Ring at Home - Step 2

 

Step 3:

Rinse your ring under tepid water (repeating if needed).

How to Clean Your Engagement Ring at Home - Step 3

 

Step 4:

Finally pat the ring dry with a soft lint-free cloth. It’s this polishing step that really unlocks the sparkle of your stone and brings your engagement ring back to life.

How to Clean Your Engagement Ring at Home - Step 4

 

TOP TIPS FOR keepING your ring safe during the cleaning PROCESS:

Your ring is small, valuable, and easily misplaced or lost, so take steps to ensure that your ring stays safe during the whole cleaning process:

 

1. USE A BOWL, NOT THE SINK

Soak your engagement ring in a small bowl rather than a sink. It’s tempting fate and a small slip can see it disappearing forever. Make sure to leave the bowl somewhere where it won’t get knocked or mistaken for a dirty dish.

 

2. Don't use Harsh Chemicals

It should go without saying but don’t let harsh or abrasive chemicals anywhere near your ring. Strong chemicals like bleach and acetone can start to break down the base metals in your engagement ring, while abrasive products like baking soda and powdered cleaners can cause scratches and lasting damage.

 

3. DON'T USE PAPER TOWELS

If you let your ring air dry after cleaning, you won’t get the sparkle you are looking for. So, make sure you don’t forget the final polish. (Avoid paper towels for drying as these can scratch the metal.)

 

Get a Professional Clean Twice a Year

Although it’s important to clean your ring regularly at home, it’s also useful to indulge in a professional cleaning service every 6 months or so. Your jeweller has access to more advanced tools and can use deep cleaning methods to remove any stubborn dirt or oils from the precious stones and metal.

Jewellers will often use this opportunity to check over your ring for damage or loose settings – acting as a mini engagement ring MOT. This service may be offered as a part of the guarantee when a ring is purchased. It’s something we are pleased to offer all our customers through our lifetime guarantee.  

 

Leave Ultrasonic Cleaners To The Professionals

You may have heard of ultrasonic cleaners. These nifty gadgets use ultrasonic sound waves passed through a solution to remove stubborn dirt from rings and other jewellery.

Ultrasonic cleaners are incredibly powerful, however they can cause damage if not used correctly. Stones can become loose from their settings and stones that are set next to each other can chip.

This cleaning method may also not be suitable for certain heat-treated stones or some types of metal. In other words, it's a tool that’s best left to the professionals. However tempted you are to have a ring that looks like new, it’s not something you should try at home. 

 

Final Thoughts

If you have any other questions about cleaning your engagement ring, you can contact our experts hereStill looking for your perfect engagement ring? Step into one of our stores to discover our beautiful collection of diamond and precious gemstone engagement rings. Your perfect ring could be waiting for you.

 

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