Marriage Maintenance: How to Clean Your Engagement Ring

With most Americans spending upwards of $1,000 on engagement rings, it's important to learn how to clean an engagement ring.

Whether you've had the ring for a few weeks or a few years, it's never too early or too late the right way to maintain and clean it. Keeping the ring in tip-top shape will ensure it lasts for many happy years to come, sparkle and all.

This can be especially difficult if you are not used to wearing fine jewelry that does require frequent maintenance.

More than likely, that engagement ring will be the most expensive piece of jewelry that you will ever own, meaning that taking care of it is essential.

Plus, chances are, you haven't had to maintain an engagement ring before. Don't worry, this article will tell you everything you need to know.

Read on to learn how to clean engagement rings, and the do's and don't around these precious and meaningful pieces of jewelry.

How to Clean Engagement Rings: Seven Tips

Overall, it does not have to be difficult to keep your ring in tip-top shape for the future. Moreover, there are situations when you can clean it at home, and others that it is better to take it to a professional.

Finally, there are also a few simple ways outside of cleaning it to keep it as pristine as possible.

1. Know When to Take it Off

Perhaps the most important thing to remember is that it is okay to take your ring off sometimes, especially for hands-on activities. If you are planning on doing something that requires you to get down and dirty, such as washing your car, the dishes, the dogs, or even at the beach, it is better to leave the ring at home in order to avoid scratches and tarnish.

Moreover, it can be helpful to keep small ring dishes strategically throughout your home to plan for times when it is better to remove it, such as next to your bed and the sink.

However, try to never take it off somewhere in public. The chances of losing it or someone stealing it makes this too risky. If you must take it off, consider carrying a necklace chain with you and wear it this way when necessary.

2. Clean it Regularly

Dirt and oil will naturally build upon and in the ring over time, so it is important to clean it regularly to remove these. Most experts recommend cleaning it every few weeks, depending on the stone and metal. 

It doesn't have to be an intensive process for cleaning either, as there are some fairly quick ways to clean rings at home.

However, certain metals, such as 14K white gold, are best cleaned by an expert. As well, it is best to avoid sonic jewelry machines as these can sometimes loosen the prongs of the ring without you noticing.

3. Polishing Diamond Rings

It is a common myth that diamonds are indestructible, and this is simply not true. Diamonds need to be maintained and cleaned with care like any other stone.

While they are still considered one of the hardest naturally occurring materials on Earth, they can still get damaged, chipped, or fractured. Try to avoid hitting it against anything when possible, and always clean it as gently as you can.

4. Purchase Insurance

Soon after your sweetie proposes, it is a good idea to get engagement ring insurance. Engagement rings are expensive, and as with any other asset, you should ensure them. The last thing you want is it to get stolen or damaged and be out of luck.

5. Tips for Cleaning All Metal Types

For all metal types, generally, the best way to clean them is to use warm water, a bowl, and gentle soap.

Simply put a small amount of liquid soap into the bowl, fill it with lukewarm water (never hot), and drop your ring into it for a few minutes. Then, take a soft bristle brush gently to it, and voila, it's clean! This method is likely the simplest yet effective ways to keep your ring sparkling.

6. Alternative Solutions to Cleaning

While the above method is a great general method, there are other metal and stone specific methods you can use.

In terms of a store-bought jewelry cleaner, it is important to find a chemical-free, non-abrasive version. Otherwise, your diamond can get discolored. Here are a few alternative ways to clean your engagement ring below.

  • A diamond ring made of silver or gold can also be cleaned using equal parts Windex and hydrogen peroxide, soaked for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • A diamond ring made of silver can be cleaned using 1/2 cup of white vinegar and 2 tablespoons of baking soda, soaked for 2 to 3 hours, rinsed in cold water, and rubbed with a soft cloth.
  • Tarnished silver rings made of diamonds can be cleaned using warm water and ketchup, alongside a very soft-bristled brush.
  • Solid gold rings without a diamond or carefully avoid the diamond can be polished using a little beer and a soft cloth by simply using a beer-soaked cloth to clean it.

7. Know When to Get a Professional On it

Finally, always know when it is better to call in a professional to clean your ring. If one of your stones or prongs looks loose, always bring it in for a tightening in a cleaning. Moreover, it is perfectly acceptable, and encouraged, to get the ring cleaned before the ceremony.

As well, if you simply don't feel like you can get it as sparkly or clean as you'd like at home, just bring it in every once and while.

Preserve Your Ring Forever

Taking good care of your engagement ring, and learning how to clean engagement rings is vital to preserving it for the future so it can age gracefully. Whether you plan to wear it after your wedding or not, this piece of jewelry is likely very expensive and should be cared for accordingly.

Moreover, it doesn't have to be a huge chore to clean your engagement ring at home with a few supplies from the kitchen.

Interested in planning the perfect wedding to pair with your perfect ring? Check out our post on how to find the best venue for your big day.

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