(Closed) Best way to clean rings

posted 5 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@MissAmbieJ:  

You can probably purchase an inexpensive jewellery cleaning solution from a good jeweller. The place we got my e-ring from gave us a cleaning case with the solution and brush free of charge and will top up the solution too. It also came with a lifetime warranty that requires us to bring it back to the shop for complimentary cleaning and inspection every 6 months. They check the stones and the settings each time. I’m not sure if this service is normal for most jewellers but I love how my ring sparkles just after it gets a cleaning! I’ve also heard using baking soda and a soft brush will work, but haven’t tried it.

 

 

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I personally am too afraid to try any abrasive cleaner or detergent cleaner.  Several jewelers have told me that the very best thing you can do is use some Dawn dish soap in warm water.  They have said either fill a small dish and let the ring soak in it for a while, then use a soft toothbrush with the same dish soap and water on it to clean.  Most times i will put a dab of dawn dish soap on a toothbrush wet it and lightly go over the ring everywhere.  I then allow the warm water from the faucet run over it… Close the drain!  They told me to use a soft cloth afterwards to just dab.  Ive heard its best to even use your hair dryer to dry it.  But I am too lazy for that step!  I put one of those ultrasonic jewelry cleaners on my registry but didnt get it.  Several jewelers have siad those are really good too.  I was always told however to not lay it directly in… but to fill a small condiment cup with the dawn water solution, snap the lid on, and float it in just plain water inside the ultrasonic unit.  It really does make a difference.  We had one of the units at work to clean tools and I would pop all of my jewelry in there in this fashion (my sterling silver necklace and earrings too) and they would come out brilliantly.  You dont want to use a sonic cleaner for old or costume pieces though. 

Post # 5
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Wannabee

Hi ladies! 

Long time lurked first time posted! 

I used to work in a big chain  jewellery store – we would clean all the gold & silver jewellery in a bowl of warm water with Radiant laundry powder – sounds crazy I know but that is what they had been doing for years in all the stores and it early gives great results, just dunk, scrub and rinse clean. 

Everything from diamond engagement rings to sterling silveR would go in a come out stunning! 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

My jewller told me to use mild dish soap and a toothbrush.

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I use dishsoap and a toothbrush and I think it looks just a good as when I get it cleaned at the jewelers. I’ve come to a point that I hardly even get it professionally cleaned anymore

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Martha Stewart says to soak it in equal parts ammonia and cold water for half an hour, and let it air dry. I’ve been doing that once a week since I got my ring back in October and t’s super sparkly.

I’ve heard mixed things about ammonia but I trust Martha. 

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I’ve heard toothpaste does good, but I haven’t tried it yet

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

Anything stronger than Dawn dish detergent + warm water or specialty cleaner might harm the gold. I was told to stop using the ammonia and water by a couple of jewellers. I did notice that when I used the ammonia/water combo my 18K white gold rings/diamonds shone but the metal on the rings turned yellow a lot faster. Coincidence? I don’t know. 

I also asked about toothpaste and was told it leaves a film on the stone and is best used to clean enamel (as in teeth) lol. The mere cleaning with a soft toothbrush/water without the toothpaste would be just as effective. I did read somewhere (PS?) to steer clear of toothpaste, but I didn’t bookmark the page.

I used to have an ultrasonic jewellery cleaner in the past, but that went by the wayside. Even if I bought another one, it would scare me to use because of the pave on my rings.

So, Dawn dish detergent is the way to go, imo. I follow what the experts have told me now.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Sparkle Products!

I bought the liquid and the paste, and they work sooooo much better than getting my rings cleaned in the store, which didn’t even make a dent on the dirt/tarnish on the band.  They’re all natural (no alcohol, ammonia, or acids and eco-friendly), and you can also use them on pearls and costume jewelry.  Love it! http://sparklebrightproducts.com/

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@Andyisgreat:  Oh yeah… i think I read something about equal parts water and windex.. which i guess is like ammonia??

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@womanofsubstance:  Yeah I heard the toothpaste too but some contain that silica which scares me on my jewelry!

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@discokitty:  Is the sparkle bright the people who are often at bridal shows cleaning rings for free?  I went and they wanted to clean my ring but I just got it and I wasnt taking it off for no way no how lol.  But I was curious if it was safe… so im curious if these are the people I often see!  Thanks for this link, I will pin them to remember for the future!

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@ nl I think so, though that was the only show I went to.  I was nervous about my ring, but the ladies in the kiosk were spending the entire day with their hands in the stuff with no gloves, so I thought it couldn’t be too bad.

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I just use warm water, a little Windex, and a soft toothbrush. It works great!

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