How to Clean an Engagement Ring

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Published April 29, 2010 | Updated May 22, 2015

When your loved one buys a beautiful engagement ring for you to wear, you'll want to keep it shiny and looking like new for many years. Luckily, it isn't difficult to clean a diamond ring at home. Learn the right and wrong ways to clean an engagement ring to keep it looking beautiful.

Cleaning Engagement Rings:

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  • Basic Ring Cleaning Method

    Use baking soda and water to clean your ring. Mix one part baking soda with one part water in a small bowl. Scrub the engagement ring with a soft toothbrush dipped in the baking soda solution, being careful not to scratch the metal. Work into the cracks and crevices of the ring. Rinse the ring in cool water (be sure to close the sink's drain first) and dry with a lint-free cloth.

  • Dish Soap Method

    Use mild liquid dish soap and water for another cleaning method; use a small bowl for this method, too. Dip the ring in a solution of one part mild dish detergent to three parts warm water. Use a soft toothbrush to scrub the ring gently to dislodge any dirt. Soak the ring overnight in the soap solution. Then rinse the ring in clean water, taking care to close the sink's drain first, and dry the ring with a lint-free cloth.

  • Ammonia Method

    Use ammonia for an alternative cleaning solution, especially if the ring is noticeably dirty. Soak the ring in a solution of one part ammonia to one part warm water. Let the engagement ring soak for several minutes, and then clean the ring gently with a soft toothbrush. Dry the ring with a lint-free cloth; then rub gently to polish the stone and setting.

  • Professional Assistance

    Contact a jeweler if your ring still does not look clean and shiny. A professional jeweler can clean an engagement ring with a sulfur treatment that will remove all surface stains or a steam treatment to remove dirt from the ring's crevices, like inside the diamond setting.

  • Ring Maintenance

    Once your diamond engagement ring is clean, you can keep it looking great if you remember these tips:

Diamond Ring Care Tips

Dry your engagement ring with a lint-free cloth after washing your hands or taking a shower.

Remove your ring before putting on lotion or cosmetics, playing sports, or doing hard work with your hands.

Take your engagement ring to a jeweler once a year to have it inspected for loose settings or damage.