Considering how much money we invest in our engagement rings, they go through a lot – we wear them almost every day for the rest of our lives after all! Due to how much they’re exposed to, there are a few things more satisfying than the sparkle of a ring that’s been freshly polished and cleaned.
Although it’s always preferable to take your ring to the jeweller to get it professionally cleaned, this isn’t always possible. Luckily, it is possible to clean your ring at home with excellent results. Here’s how to clean your diamond engagement ring and a few other tips and tricks for getting the most shine as possible out of it.
Cleaning your diamond engagement ring
You’d be forgiven for thinking cleaning your ring at home might require some specialist tech, but in reality, all you need is some warm water and washing up liquid.
Simply fill up a bowl with water and add the washing up liquid to create a soapy solution. Leave your ring to soak in this solution for about twenty to forty minutes. Once this time is up, gently brush the diamond with a baby’s toothbrush (for its soft bristles), until you’re satisfied that you’ve brushed off all the dirt. To finish, rinse off the soap with warm water.
The good thing about this method is that you can even use shampoo or body wash too – whichever you’re happiest to use. Just make sure you don’t use anything that has moisturising qualities, as this will make the ring even dirtier by leaving a film.
When it’s time to dry, make sure you steer clear of using paper towels. You might not think it, but they can actually scratch the surface of your diamond! To get the ring dry again, use a cotton cloth or let it air dry – it really is that simple! Although, make sure to keep your drying cloth in a packet and not out in the open, as dust and grit can get onto it and in turn scratch the ring.
While this method is effective for how simple it is, we definitely recommend taking it to a jeweller for a deep clean at least once a year. This is also the perfect opportunity for them to check the prongs are tight, so your precious diamond won’t come loose. There’s only so much a DIY job can do!
Read more: A Handy Guide To Engagement Ring Care
How often you should clean your ring
Your engagement ring is by far your most worn accessory, so with that in mind, you can imagine it’s going to need a clean quite often so, if you can, try to clean it every week. However, if you’re more active or you spend more time outdoors than the average person, you might have to take a toothbrush to it a little more often!
What to avoid doing
Although it might be tempting to use harsh cleaning chemicals to get as much sparkle as possible from your ring, this is actually the worst thing you can do for the diamond. Bleach and other cleaning agents can dull the finish of your ring and break down some of its base metals, which is the exact opposite of what you want.
You may also hear that ultrasonic jewellery cleaners are by far the best way to clean jewellery. While they do produce a great result, we don’t recommend using one at home. The machine works by sending vibrations through the water and cleaning solution. This vigorous movement can cause your ring’s diamond to loosen. A professional jeweller will be able to test the stone to see if it’s as it should be and secure it if needed. At home, you might be unaware that your diamond has loosened until it’s too late and it falls off.
Now you’ve made sure your diamond engagement ring will be sparking at all time, it’s time to make sure it’s protected. Engagement ring insurance covers theft, loss and accidental damage to your engagement ring, wherever you are in the world.