Keep your engagement ring looking like new

Ashley Hunt

Are you engaged and have your very own dream ring? Well, you’ll need to keep that thing shining and sparkling. Here are some tips to keep your ring looking like new. If you are newly engaged and like to show your ring off to friends and family — maybe even strangers — you might want to clean your ring as often as every few days. Otherwise, cleaning your ring once a month is recommended.

First of all, before you begin cleaning your ring, use a cleaning solution of hot water and a nonabrasive household cleaner; try dish soap.

  1. Soak your ring in the cleaner for two to three minutes. This will loosen anything caked on the ring and dissolve any residue.
  2. Using a soft-bristled brush, such as an old toothbrush, scrub your ring. This will loosen and remove any stuck dirt or grime.
  3. Make sure to scrub your ring from every possible angle. This includes the ring itself and the setting.
  4. Briefly rinse your ring.
  5. Soak your ring again, for one to two minutes, to make sure your ring is sparkling clean.
  6. Rinse your ring. Use clear, clean water. Place your ring under running water for the most effective rinsing.
  7. Carefully dry your ring using a jewelry cloth or lint-free polishing cloth. Use one of these rather than a Kleenex or paper towel, as they can leave dust and fibers on the ring. They also run the risk of scratching delicate metals and gems.