Engagement Ring Cleaning
Engagement Ring Care from the Experts at Morgan Jewelers
Your engagement ring is a treasure that deserves to stay as beautiful as the day you bought it. Not only expensive, but full of sentimental value, engagement rings require tender loving care to maintain their beauty and value. To ensure that it stays beautiful and free of damage, follow our expert care tips and techniques for proper engagement ring cleaning.
When Not To Wear Your Engagement Ring
While it is tempting to wear such a beautiful ring day in and day out, there are occasions when taking your ring off is the best thing you can do for it. Cleaning is an ideal time to leave your ring in your jewelry box. The harsh chemicals can corrode the precious metal and dull the shine of your diamonds. Swimming exposes your ring to equally corrosive elements such as salt water and chlorine, not to mention creating ideal circumstances for your ring to come loose and get lost. Consider leaving your ring off while working out as the risk of your ring getting banged up can lead to loose stones and dings in the soft metal. Cooking, similarly, can let grease and bacteria build up, also the possibility of your ring slipping off and going down the kitchen sink drain. Showering, moisturizing, and applying hand sanitizer also pose risks by introducing your ring to harmful materials that can corrode the metal and dull the diamonds.
How To Clean an Engagement Ring at Home
Professional cleanings are indispensable, but, in between visits to a jeweler, at-home cleaning measures are an important step in maintaining your beautiful engagement ring. To clean your ring properly and safely, make a simple cleaning solution by mixing a mild dish soap with very warm water and soak the ring for at least twenty minute to soften up any dirt caught in the nooks and crannies of your settings and design details. When it’s finished soaking, use a soft-bristled toothbrush to gently brush around stones and scrollwork to remove any built-up particles. Follow-up by using a soft, non-abrasive cloth to dry and polish the ring to its original beauty.
What Not To Use When Cleaning Your Engagement Ring
While you can always purchase a cleaning solution to use at home, it is important to carefully choose any cleansing agent that you use. Harsh and abrasive chemicals should be avoided at all costs, which means never using bleach or acetone on your engagement ring. These chemicals are corrosive and can wear down the surface of the metal band and dull the shine of your precious stones. Cleansing tools should likewise be carefully selected. Soft cloths and soft bristled brushes are safe, but hard bristles and abrasive cloths or sponges can put tiny scratches in the delicate surface of soft metals like gold.
How Often Should You Clean Your Ring?
Professional cleanings should occur at least twice a year in order to keep your ring looking its best. In addition to removing dirt and grime that cannot be reached with in-home cleanings, professional service gives jewelers an opportunity to identify potential problems, like loose settings, and recommend repairs that will keep your ring from suffering serious damage or loss. In between professional cleanings, keep up with your maintenance program with an at-home cleaning regimen at least once a week. More frequent cleanings may be necessary if you live an active lifestyle or your ring gets excessively dirty in between cleanings.
Professional Cleaning Services at Morgan Jewelers
Morgan Jewelers makes keeping your jewelry in pristine condition easy with our professional cleaning services. Our customers have been entrusting us to provide quality care for their cherished engagement rings and other jewelry items since 1914. With locations in six states, we will be there to keep your jewelry in top shape and our expert jewelers are happy to help you develop a plan that best meets your needs. Visit our website to find a location near you to get started caring for your treasures.