Your engagement ring goes everywhere with you and can collect a lot of build-up from everyday life like hairspray, lotion, food, etc. This builds up on the ring and can dull the stone. It also allows for bacteria to grow that can irritate your skin and cause rashes or even infection. In order to avoid these issues it’s important that you clean your ring regularly.
You can do this by simply soaking the ring in a small bowl of warm water and soap. Add a little bit of mild dish soap such as Ivory or Palmolive to the water and soak for about 20 minutes. After soaking you can take the ring out and gently scrub it with a soft brush to get off all the dirt that has accumulated over time. Once you’ve scrubbed your ring thoroughly make sure you rinse it off very well and dry it with a soft, lint free cloth.
Cleaning your ring doesn’t just help keep it shiny and new, but it also gives you a chance to inspect the ring on a regular basis to make sure that all of the prongs are tight and there are no loose stones or a cracked setting. Typically you will not be able to see these things if your ring is dirty or covered in debris. This is why it’s important that you keep up with your at-home cleanings in addition to getting your ring professionally cleaned twice per year to remove any hard to see layers of compressed debris. cleaning engagement ring