There's nothing more mesmerizing than watching your diamond engagement ring sparkle in the light. But if you wear your diamond engagement ring every day, inevitably your hand cream, hairspray or makeup will cause residue to build up on the surface of your diamond engagement ring, making it look dull and drab. Not only that, but dirty rings are a breeding ground for bacteria that can cause skin irritation, metal discoloration and scratches to diamonds.
Therefore, to keep it shiny and bacteria-free at its best, you need to clean your beautiful engagement ring regularly, either by visiting a jeweler for a professional cleaning or by cleaning it at home. However, at-home cleaning is not a substitute for professional cleaning. If you want to safely clean your beautiful engagement ring at home, you need to understand some of the do's and don'ts of engagement ring cleaning at home, otherwise it can cause great damage to your diamond. This guide covers everything you need to know to safely clean your diamond engagement ring at home, scroll down to view.
How to Clean Engagement Ring at Home?
1. Use a mild detergent of plain soap and water
Engagement ring bands are usually made of different metals such as yellow gold, white gold, platinum, rose gold, silver, etc. Different metals may have different chemical reactions to different detergents. Using detergents that contain chlorine or other harsh chemicals, even some certified jewelry cleaners, can damage engagement diamond rings. In addition, you should avoid using moisturizing products which tend to leave a film on the ring, and any class of abrasive products, such as toothpaste, baking soda or any powdered cleaners, which can easily scratch metals, especially gold. Therefore, for different metals, it is wise of you to choose a detergent that is friendly to that metal. For example, try using beer to wipe your solid gold ring to bring back its shine; for silver rings, try mixing 1/2 cup of white vinegar and 2 tablespoons of baking soda to make a detergent.
Nonetheless, the best way to clean your diamond engagement ring at home, regardless of your ring's setting and metal type, is plain soap and water. To make the solution, simply take a small bowl, use warm water and soap to rub it together to create a white sudsy mess. In addition to soap, shampoo or body wash is also an option.
2. Use warm water instead of hot and cold water to soak the ring
If you are diluting or mixing detergent during the cleaning process, remember to use warm water rather than hot and cold water to avoid damaging the surface of the diamond. Depending on how dirty the ring is, you can soak the ring in your homemade detergent for about 20 to 40 minutes. Then rinse it under running warm water, repeating the rinse several times if necessary.
3. Use a soft toothbrush to remove residue from the ring
If you need to remove substances such as hairspray, lotion, makeup or perfume, use a very soft toothbrush, such as a child's toothbrush, to remove residue from the surface of your diamond engagement ring. It is best to use a toothbrush that does not have any rubber bristles. Also, make sure to brush over the bottom half of the diamond, as a lot of dirt can build up at the bottom of the diamond ring. Remember to store the toothbrush for cleaning diamond engagement rings separately from your other toothbrushes to keep it soft and clean for a longer period of time.
Avoid using ultrasonic jewelry cleaners at home that are based on the principle of sending vibrations through water and cleaning solutions within minutes to clean the ring. While ultrasonic jewelry cleaners do produce a sparkling effect on cleaned diamond engagement rings, all this vigorous movement can lead to the risk of the diamond loosening or even falling out in the machine, and you cannot tell with your naked eye if the diamond has loosened after cleaning.
4. Use a cotton cloth rather than paper towels to wipe the ring
As for drying your diamond engagement ring, avoid using paper towels, as they can actually scratch the metal. Instead, it is better to use a soft cloth made of cotton or let it dry naturally. If you still have a polishing cloth, it is also a good idea to wipe your platinum or white gold diamond ring to make the metal shine.
How Often Should You Clean Your Diamond Engagement Ring?
In fact, if you wear your diamond engagement ring every day, it is recommended that clean it at home once a week to keep your unique engagement ring in tip-top shape. However, the jewelry experts at Darry Ring would recommend that you take your beautiful engagement ring to a jewelry store twice a year for a professional cleaning. The professional jewelry experts at Darry Ring's offline stores have the equipment and skills necessary to clean your jewelry and keep your precious engagement ring looking like new. Not only that, but they will also be able to inspect your diamond ring for damage or any damage that needs to be repaired.
While it is of great significant to clean your diamond engagement ring regularly and safely at home, it is also important to take care of your engagement ring in daily life. Avoid applying thick lotions and creams to your diamond engagement ring during your daily skincare routine, and it's a good idea to remove your ring while cooking to avoid food and other oils that can get stuck in the ring or discolor it. In any case, it has the necessary to take care of your ring, not just because it's probably one of the most expensive pieces of jewelry you'll ever buy, but also because it has tremendous sentimental value. If you ever question whether the solution to cleaning your diamond engagement ring is safe, you are always welcome to consult with the professionals at Darry Ring.
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