Poll: Which is better to keep your e-ring sparkly– ultrasonic or steam cleaner?

posted 6 years ago in Rings
  • poll: What is the best kind of jewelry cleaner?
    Steam cleaner : (15 votes)
    28 %
    Ultrasonic cleaner : (14 votes)
    26 %
    Ammonia- or alcohol-based jewelry cleaner liquid : (9 votes)
    17 %
    Good old toothpaste and toothbrush : (4 votes)
    7 %
    Other (please explain) : (12 votes)
    22 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    5075 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I let it soak in distilled white vinegar, then pop it in the ultrasonic cleaner for a few minutes.

    Post # 4
    Hostess
    16213 posts
    Honey Beekeeper

    Great thread! I use a solution from the jewelry store. Not sure what’s in it, but I figure it our jeweler gave it to us, it’s safe.

    I want an ultrasonic cleaner, too though. I’ve heard somewhere that they are bad for certain types of settings?

    Post # 5
    Member
    9955 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    I’ve read up a lot on this… and here is what I’ve found

    Your good diamond & gold jewellery doesn’t have to be seriously cleaned very often… washing your hands with a gentle soap (dish soap or hand soap) and water while wearing it will do a good job of keeping it clean.

    Once in awhile it is fine to use either a Jewellery Cleaner (I use an alcohol based one, I wouldn’t want to use one with Ammonia… because that is a harsh cleaner and could ultimately hurt the gold or if you have other gemstones than just Diamonds), OR alternatively, even a spray of Eyeglass Cleaner or Windex does a fine job as well.

    Toothpaste and Shampoo although touted aren’t really that great, because they have so many additives in them that create a film build up on the jewellery.

    And I’ve heard that both Ultrasonic Cleaners and Steam Cleaners can damage the settings and loosen diamonds… not anything you’d want to see happen.

    NOTE – As a Jewellery Lover… I can tell you that an Alcohol based Jewellery Cleaner is inexpensive and easy to find… either at a Department Store or a Jewellery Store (or even from Avon).  It will work great on the majority of your Jewellery even Costume pieces. 

    BUT it is not something that you want to use on Pearls… pearls are extremely porus, and there is a specific product you can buy to clean them.  If you own pearls, they are a lot like diamonds in that they need to inspected regularly… and occasionally restrung.

    Hope this helps,

     

    Post # 7
    Member
    421 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I use a cleaner called Fabuloso.(that you can get at the grocery store in the cleaning section)  the lady at Kay’s said they used it. its like 2 bucks for a huge jug and you just add water to it let it soak and clean with a toothbrush it seriously looks brand new and SPARLKES! and it smells really good lol. 

    Post # 8
    Member
    954 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I use VODKA.  I’m serious- coworker told me about it. I have a huge bottle of Svedka.

    Post # 10
    Member
    3375 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I’ve heard vinegar eats away at white gold, so I wouldn’t use that! Dish soap isn’t very good either.

    OP I love my ultrasonic, but have never tried a steam cleaner.

    Post # 11
    Hostess
    16213 posts
    Honey Beekeeper

    @jouissance:  Oh my gosh I may have to try that just to see what happens!

    Post # 12
    Member
    9955 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    Not surprised at the suggestion of using Vodka… as it certainly has been used by others over the years as a fabulous Glass Cleaner because it dissinfects & cleans too (again the alcohol in it).

    To be honest, as I had the vodka out an available on Christmas Day at our Condo in Myrtle Beach, I wiped down our glass top Dining Room table just before we sat down to Christmas Dinner… because I had forgottten to pick up some glass cleaner at the Grocery Store.

    Lol, the table sparkled!!  And so did the Hostess, as she had downed a Bloody Caesar while cheffing in the kitchen.

     

    Post # 13
    Member
    470 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I USE THE STORE TYPE CLEANER AND TAKE MY RING IN FOR OCASIONAL CLEANINGS WHERE MY FIANCE GOT IT FROM TO KEEP ITS WARANTY

     

    SORRYFOR CAPS AND SPELLING DIDNT FEEL LIKE SPELL CHECK TODAY lol ๐Ÿ™‚ BEEN SO BUST DOING LAST MINUTE PLANNING FOR THE WEDDING IN 3 MONTH AND THIS JUST REMINDED ME I HAVE TO MAKE ANOTHER APPOINTMENT TO GET MY RING CLEANED SOON BEFORE THE BIG DAY

    Post # 14
    Member
    4478 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    I use diamond dazzle stick once a week and am quite happy with it.

     

    I’ve heard ultrasonics should not be used on pave settings, but are ok for other types.

    Post # 15
    Member
    3148 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: February 2010

    I just use a toothbrush and rubbing alcohol. I think jewelry cleaning machines are kind of a waste of money. if you get gunk deep into the ring, take it in to where you bought it for a free cleaning. 

    Post # 16
    Member
    1030 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I selected “other”.  When I get my ring cleaned at the jeweler they first place it in the ultrasonic cleaner and then put it under the steam cleaner.  It comes out clean and super sparkly!

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