Cleaning engagement rings guide

Cleaning engagement rings guide

Even if you don’t have a job or hobby which means you dirty your hands and inadvertently, your engagement ring, the likelihood is that it will still need regular cleaning to maintain its brilliance and sparkle. Often engagement rings are easily dirtied up by common cosmetics – such as make up, perfume, hairspray and hand cream. So, what is the best way to clean your engagement ring at home?

How do I clean my engagement ring at home?

Cleaning engagement rings at home is a simple process, and one that can be replicated in any household. The best way to clean your engagement ring at home is by soaking your ring in warm soapy water for about 20-30 mins. Once soaked, gently brush the stone of your ring with a small soft toothbrush or a bristled toothpick, and then rinse under warm running water.

This process can be repeated as many times as necessary, depending on how dirty the ring has become. Once you have finished cleaning your engagement ring, either let the ring air-dry or gently pat it with a soft cotton cloth. 

Be sure to steer clear from household cleaners that contain harsh chemicals, such as bleach and chlorine, as well as staying away from abrasive products, such as baking soda and toothpaste. This is because harsh chemicals are likely to break down some of the base metals in your ring, and abrasives can easily scratch metals.



Cross over Solitaire Diamond Ring

How often to clean your engagement ring

Typically, it’s recommended to clean your engagement ring about once a week. During everyday wear, natural oil and build-up can make its way on to your ring – so cleaning it every week is enough to keep this at bay. 

However, you should consider taking your engagement ring to be professionally cleaned at your local jewellers about twice a year, and more often if its exposed to regular debris and dirt. That way, you can preserve and restore the brilliance of your diamond engagement ring easily. 

How to keep engagement rings clean

If you’re worried about dirtying your engagement ring in the first place, there are a few simple steps you can take to ensure you’re keeping it as clean as possible:

  • Take it off – as simple as it sounds, often people don’t realise the chemicals that are being released into the air when performing regular daily tasks, such as putting on make-up, spraying perfume, gardening or handling food. By taking it off, you’ll be exposing it less to these elements which can dirty your ring. However, don’t forget where you put it!
  • Ring dishes – a proactive way of ensuring you don’t leave your precious ring somewhere you could forget is buying ring dishes to keep around the house. You could place one next to the kitchen sink and have one in the bathroom – just prompting you to place the ring here rather than leave it on a kitchen side.
  • Avoid touching the centre stone – although it may be easier to grab the ring by the stone to put in on and take it off, try and use the bands on either side instead. Touching the metal can create more dust, body oil and dirt marks and smudges appear on the ring – which would mean it needs to be cleaned more regularly.


Princess Cushion Halo Diamond Ring

Where to get my engagement ring cleaned

It’s always a good idea to get your ring professionally cleaned with your local jeweller at least twice a year. That’s why here at Shining Diamonds, we’re proud to offer our ring cleaning services at our Hatton Garden store. Simply pop down with your engagement ring and we can ensure your ring is as sparkly as the first day you bought it in no time. 

For more information on chow to clean engagement rings, get in touch with a member of our expert jewellery team. Alternatively, browse our full selection of diamond engagement rings today.