A simple guide to cleaning your rings at home
Your rings go through a lot. Not only do they have to endure the grit and bacteria that we come into contact with every day, but they also have to cope with constant exposure to the air, cosmetics and cleaning products which can, in time, tarnish them. It is, therefore, incredibly important that you maintain a regular cleaning routine in order to keep your rings looking as great as they did when you first bought them.
Which is why we thought it was about time that we shared some simple cleaning tricks that you can try out on your rings, from the comfort of your own home:
- Soap and warm water
The best and simplest, way to tackle cleaning your rings first-off is to start with a simple warm water and soap solution. Fill a small bowl with warm water and some regular dishwashing soap. Then just leave your rings to soak for between twenty to forty minutes, depending on how dirty they are. After removing the rings from the bowl, rinse them under warm water and repeat the process again if necessary. If your rings are particularly dirty, you can gently clean them with a soft toothbrush while they are resting in the solution. Be sure to carefully dry them afterwards using a soft towel and not tissue paper as that can cause unwanted scratches and scuff marks on your rings.
- Vinegar and Baking Soda
If your rings need a little bit more TLC and soap and water just isn’t cutting it, then a vinegar and baking soda solution should do the trick. Soak your silver rings in ½ cup of vinegar and 2 tablespoons of baking soda for between two to three hours. Rinse thoroughly with cold water afterwards and dry well using a soft towel.
Yes, we are being serious. While this is not one of the most glamorous of cleaning processes out there, it is good at getting rid of tarnishes on your rings. Place your ring in a bowl of ketchup for a few minutes before removing and brushing with a soft toothbrush. Then rinse with warm water and dry thoroughly using a soft towel. Be sure not to the leave the ketchup on for longer than a few minutes.
Our top tips for cleaning your rings at home:
- Don’t clean them every day
Cleaning your rings once a week will be enough to rid them of the excess chemicals and dirt, without completely stripping them.
- Don’t use household chemicals
Never use household chemicals such as bleach, chlorine or acetone on your rings. These harsh solutions can strip the base metals in your rings and cause far more damage than good.
- Avoid situations that will tarnish your rings
As with anything, the best method when it comes to caring for your rings is prevention, rather than cure. So, be sure to remove your rings before applying your makeup, going about your household chores and try not to play with your rings too much as the natural oils on your hands can make them tricky to clean.
When to speak to a professional:
While these tips will help with a regular amount of dirt or tarnishing, if your rings are particularly spoiled then we would recommend speaking to a professional. Likewise, we advise sending your rings to a professional jewellery cleaner at least once a year so that they can have a thorough clean and maintenance check.