Engagement rings are made from precious materials that are designed to stand the test of time. However, even hardy materials like diamonds and platinum tend to get dirty with regular wear. Over time, gemstones and precious metals can get covered with a thin layer of dirt or oil that can make your jewelry look dull or dim. So, if you want your engagement ring to sparkle, it’s important to regularly clean your ring. But how do you safely clean your engagement ring? And how often should you clean it? Here are our top tips on cleaning your engagement ring!

How to Safely Clean Your Engagement Ring at Home

It’s very easy to safely clean your engagement ring at home. The safest way to clean your diamond ring at home is to create a simple warm water and soap solution in a bowl, then let your ring soak for around 20 to 40 minutes. After your ring has soaked, gently brush your ring with a soft toothbrush. Then, rinse your ring under warm running water. (Note: Remember to plug your drain in case you drop your ring!) If your ring still looks a bit dirty, simply repeat this process.

Dish soap is a great choice for the soap you use in your warm water and soap solution. So are many types of shampoo and body wash. However, do not use any moisturizing soaps, as these tend to leave a film behind. This will actually make your ring look dirtier, which is the opposite of what you want.

To dry your ring after cleaning it, we recommend air drying your ring or wiping it with a very soft cloth. We would advise against using paper towels, which are actually quite harsh and can scratch your ring.

What to Never Use to Clean Your Engagement Ring

While it’s easy to safely clean your engagement ring at home, it’s also easy to accidentally damage it with household cleaning products. Some household cleaners are extremely harsh and should never be used on your engagement ring. For this reason, we would recommend only using the soap and water method outlined above to clean your ring. Always avoid cleaning products that contain acetone, bleach, or chlorine, which can easily damage your precious metal or gemstones. Other things you should avoid include abrasive products like toothpaste, baking soda, and any type of powdered cleaner.

In addition to not using harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaning products, we would also recommend avoiding the use of at-home ultrasonic jewelry cleaners. Ultrasonic jewelry cleaners do effectively clean your ring. However, they can also damage your ring structurally. Ultrasonic jewelry cleaners work by vigorously shaking off dirt and debris. While this removes grime, it can also cause prongs to become loose, which can lead to the loss of stones.

How Often Should You Clean Your Engagement Ring?

If you want your engagement ring to look its best, it’s a good idea to get it professionally cleaned every six months or so. Then, in between professional cleanings, we would recommend cleaning your engagement ring at home about once a week. This may seem like a lot but everyday life can lead to a lot of build up on your ring. Dirt, hairspray, perfume, lotion, makeup, and the oils naturally produced by your skin can all easily build up on your ring. But, luckily, cleaning your ring at home once a week can easily remove these common types of build up and keep your ring sparkling!

As a side note, we do want to express the importance of occasional professional cleanings. Jewelers have access to professional grade cleaning products and machines that can clean your ring in a way you simply can’t at home. Additionally, when cleaning your ring, jewelers will also check to ensure your ring is in good shape structurally. This helps ensure you do not lose stones due to loose settings.