Everyone’s suggesting that we have to wash and sanitize our hands often to prevent germs and all. But what about engagement rings? How often should we clean them and what products should we use? Our rings come in contact with all sorts of substances: from hand cream and sanitizers to pizza dough and other foodstuffs.
You have to pay special attention to your engagement ring if you want to keep it clean and as brilliant as new. The key is to clean it regularly to prevent germs and dirt from getting stuck in areas that you can’t access.
The Best Way to Clean an Engagement Ring at Home
If you wash your hands with your ring on, you may believe that’s enough. However, it seems that rings are attracting dirt even more than our hands. It gets even worse when we’re talking about delicate engagement rings with a lot of details.
You should clean your engagement ring at least once a week, even if it doesn’t appear dirty. Some women like to do it on weekends as part of their beauty ritual. All you need is a soft toothbrush and a neutral dishwashing soap. Of course, you could also use a mild shampoo or body wash. Just remember to avoid aggressive sanitizers and chemicals.
Fill a small bowl with warm water (make sure it’s not too hot) and then add some detergent. Place your engagement ring in water and let it soak for a while. After half an hour, take the ring out and gently clean it with a toothbrush. We suggest using a super-soft toothbrush, and even an old one will do.
Make sure to be gentle and take your time. You should be able to remove any dirt or dust that somehow ended in the ring. When you finish, you can either dry your ring using a soft cotton cloth or let it air dry. Avoid using paper towels, as the small particles could get stuck in the ring, which creates a perfect environment for germs.
Do Engagement Rings Need a Professional Cleaning?
There are some areas on the ring that you simply can’t access, no matter how hard you try. Therefore, we suggest that you send your engagement ring to a professional cleaner at least once a year. Ideally, it would be best to do it every couple of months, but we know that life gets busy and it’s often impossible.
Your best choice might be the jeweler who made or sold the ring. They’d know how to treat the material, whether it’s gold, platinum, or diamond. Moreover, they know which professional products to use to restore the shine of your engagement ring.
To sum up, here are the four things to bear in mind:
- Once a week, wash your engagement ring using a mild detergent and a soft toothbrush.
- Avoid using overly strong chemicals, alcohol, or bleach when washing your ring at home.
- Once a year, go for a professional cleaning.
- You wouldn’t want to experiment with potentially toxic cleaning products meant for professional use at home.
Prevention, Prevention, Prevention
Cleaning your engagement ring is very effective. However, if you spend a lot of time in activities that can get your ring dirty, we’d recommend that you take it off and put it back on only after washing your hands.
It’s not an easy decision, as you’re probably attached to your engagement ring. However, many professionals, including florists and chefs, have expressed that this was the most effective way to keep germs out of their engagement ring.