How To Clean Your Engagement Ring

It is imperative to know how to clean an engagement ring.  Often people think that day to day hand washing will keep an engagement ring clean and sparkly.  There are some basic do’s and don’ts for caring for your new engagement ring.

Top 10 Things to Do to Care for Your Engagement Ring…

  • Take your ring off during active sports to avoid possible injury to yourself or other players
  • Remove your ring prior to putting lotion, make-ups, hair spray and perfumes on.
  • Remove your ring prior to doing any type of house cleaning with chemicals
  • Always put your ring in the same place each day to avoid losing it
  • Clean your ring once a week to maintain the bright, sparkly shine
  • Make sure to remove your ring before swimming or getting in hot tubs and spas
  • Avoid rubbing your stone a great deal to prevent oil build up in both the stone and the setting
  • Avoid using anything abrasive to clean your ring.
  • Use a lint free cloth to dry your stones every time they get wet instead of allowing them to air dry.

Baking Soda Cleaning

Baking soda is a mild and non-abrasive cleaning agent that works well to clean an engagement ring.  For rings that are only mildly dirty, take baking soda and mix with a small amount of water to form a paste.  Rub the paste all around the stone and the engagement ring setting.  This will clean an engagement ring without causing any damage to the metals or the stone.  Dry and polish with a lint free cloth.

Soap Detergent and Water Cleaning

Another good way to clean an engagement ring is to use 1 part mild dishwashing detergent and 3 parts warm water. Take a soft bristle toothbrush and gently scrub the stone and the ring.  This is a great way to get out lotions, oils and general grime.  If the ring is very dirty, you can let it soak overnight. Dry and polish with a lint free cloth.

Ammonia Cleaning

One way to bring out the colors and the shine in a diamond is with 1 part straight ammonia and 3 parts warm water. You can swirl the ring around in the solution for a couple of minutes.  If it is still dirty, you can also use a soft bristled brush to continue to clean an engagement ring.  Dry and polish with a lint free cloth.

Jewelry Cleaning Solutions

There is a jewelry cleaning solutions that can be purchased at your local stores.  These require you to soak the ring over-night.  Next you will rinse with warm tap water; dry; polish with a lint free cloth.

Steam and Ultrasonic Cleaning

One way to bring out the brilliance in a stone is through steam and ultrasonic cleaning.  The jeweler that you purchased your ring from should provide this service to you at no charge.  Other jewelers might charge you a nominal amount under $10.  Most couples take their rings to the jewelers for cleaning around every 6 months or if the ring has accumulated a lot of dirt and grime in the hard to clean areas.

Sulfuric Acid Cleaning

You can have a jeweler clean an engagement ring with a sulfuric acid boil.  This is reserved as a last option for an extremely dirty ring.  It can damage the ring if it is not done properly.  Sulfuric acid boils are done by a jeweler and typically run between $10 and $20 per cleaning.

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9 Responses to How To Clean Your Engagement Ring

  1. DoctorStone March 2, 2009 at 7:46 pm #

    As many do, I removed my rings to put lotion on. I am a Doctor, so I wash my hands a lot, and use a lot of lotion. Well, I took my 2.03 ct Engagement, wedding ring, and 1.5 Ct three stone ring, off, and stuck them in my pocket. I forgot about them until later that day. I noticed they were gone, and freaked out!! I had lost them in a New York City Hospital (fell out of my scrubs)! They are insured, but still….Luckly they has fallen out of my pocket into a chair in the physician’s lounge, and a medical student found them. He got a good evaluation from me… My mom has a ring she found in a store (nobody claimed it from police). It was over a carat, in a designer setting!!

    The moral of the story, don’t take off your rings if you are not at home.

    Also-409 works well on rings…

  2. Kaitlyn86 April 13, 2009 at 2:37 am #


  3. joejammy October 6, 2009 at 2:17 pm #

     I remember a close friend of mine telling me to clean the wedding ring with vinegar. I have yet to try it. Judging by the response above, I am certain that I will use baking soda.


  4. resumebuilder October 18, 2009 at 5:10 am #

    Thanks for the tips. I have to do it right, else my wife will kill me if i destroy the ring. 

  5. elle_swan October 25, 2009 at 6:34 pm #

    I always make sure to remove my ring before I swim in the pool or hot tubs

  6. joespandamanda November 1, 2009 at 8:31 pm #

     I made the mistake of taking my ring off in the bathroom to clean it.  Of course I was standing at the vanity and accidentally dropped my $12,000 engagement ring down the drain.  Needless to say I quite literally ripped the plumbing out from under the sink to get my ring back.  Ok maybe it wasnt necessary to do so because it is insured but Joe would have totally shit.  Any how, I got the ring and it was not damaged and of course I never told Joe about it. 

  7. led_zepp November 23, 2009 at 2:35 pm #

    Well vinegar is okay but I would not recommend strong acids as they do react with metal and they will reduce the glitter

  8. ardit121 February 6, 2010 at 7:27 pm #

    The baking soda trick for cleaning the wedding ring is pretty cool. I’m not married yet but I’m sure this info will help me for the future.

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  9. pauls May 22, 2010 at 2:01 am #

    Great tip I us vinegar to clean our coffee machine and other things around the house i’ll have to try it with my wifes ring next time we go out. Usually we have it and out wedding rings cleaned when we go out for any special occasion. There is a photo from our wedding where it’s glimmering in the sun, such a great photo from the long island wedding photographer we used.

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