(Closed) Ring cleaning help!

posted 4 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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2297 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

If you have an espresso machine you can hold the ring under the steam wand- not quite as good as the jewelers, but it does work!  Just hold the ring with tongs or something…steam burns!

Post # 5
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1448 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

They make dedicated jewelry steam cleaners; you can get a cheapo one on Amazon for like $30, and the one that the Pricescopers use for around $100.

Post # 7
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20 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I do it the cheap way. I have a little glass with windex in it, and I soak my ring in it for a few minutes and then take it out and brush it with an old, soft toothbrush. Looks brand new every single day. Also – free. 

Post # 9
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20 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2013

 

@legenwaitforitdary:  It’s what my jeweler told me to do to keep it looking like new between formal cleanings. I don’t scrub it like mad, just lightly go over it and then rinse. The Windex does all of the hard work. I cannot imagine it causing a problem. 

Post # 10
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1427 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - parent's backyard

honestly, a toothbrush should work just fine.  channel set rings can get gunk deep under the stones and are difficult, but pretty much any other ring style can get very clean with just a brush. 

@Anise:  @legenwaitforitdary: I would be weary of one that is as low as $30. the steam needs to have high pressure to clean between stones (like the steamer on an espresso machine), and it needs to be really solid construction in order to keep that high pressure after months of use. something that cheap will probably break quickly.  

an alternative idea: if you are going to spend the $$$ and use up counter space, why not get a decent espresso machine? I’ve read many weddingbee comments that the steamer is exactly the same. just put the ring in a little colander and hold it under the steamer.  then you’ll have two uses for the appliance!

Post # 11
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11760 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@torbobride: this is what I do, too. and no it hasn’t messed with any of my pave diamonds – use a soft baby tooth brush and be gentle.

Post # 12
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1448 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@nerdybird:  I personally don’t own a steam cleaner, but I know that they are available.  I clean mine with Connoisseur jewelry cleaner, hot water, and a soft brush.  I then use my hair dryer to dry it off and handle it with the little wipe the jeweler gave me before putting the ring back on.

Post # 13
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2809 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

i’ve only ever had my ring cleaned professionally. i love how it looks after they steam clean it. i also have had it cleaned in an ultrasonic machine, which made it super sparkly. but i prefer steam cleaning.

i know that our jeweler here does cleanings for free, i just have to bring it in and he’ll clean it for me. you could always ask if yours will do free cleanings? that way, you don’t have to worry about buying a steamer.

Post # 14
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2516 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

@Audrey2_sings:  +1! that’s what i do.

i also use the liquid cleaner when i don’t feel like steaming it. i leave it in the solution for a bit and then scrub it with a soft toothbrush. the little brush that comes with the cleaner isn’t big enough. the toothbrush works really well.

Post # 16
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969 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I clean mine with windex, vinegar, or baking soda.  Sometimes I use my facial steamer which I have had for 10 years. 

One thing I will suggest is used distilled water, Tap water has alot of minerals in it and if you have hard water where you live, your diamond will never get as sparkly as you would like.. So invest in some distilled water it is only a buck.

 

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