by C.M. Mackenzie
Tungsten rings are hard and durable, making them low-maintenance. Unlike rings made of gold and silver, which are much softer metals, tungsten rings don't develop scratches easily and are tarnish-resistant. In fact, if your tungsten wedding ring has a polished finish, then it will always look shiny and will likely never develop scratches or blemishes. Tungsten jewelry is easy to care for, but it is important to know how to clean it because it is a metal that can react poorly with some cleaning solutions and methods.
To make a cleaning solution for tungsten jewelry, simply mix warm water with a few drops of mild soap. Hand soap and mild dish detergent are good options. It is best to avoid using any other types of cleaning solutions or products because chemicals such as ammonia, bleach, chlorine and pre-packaged jewelry cleaning solutions can damage tungsten by reacting poorly with its composition.
Once you have prepared your cleaning solution, create a lather using a cotton cloth. Wash the outside of your tungsten ring with the cloth, scrubbing vigorously to remove dirt.
You can then use a cotton swab or toothbrush to clean in any grooves or around gemstones and other ring components. If you have a very intricate tungsten ring, you can place the ring directly into the solution to soak in order to loosen the dirt.
Once you are satisfied with the cleanliness of the ring, rinse it under warm water. Dry it with a clean cotton cloth.
It is best to avoid using an ultrasonic jewelry cleaner when cleaning tungsten rings. If you strongly prefer using these machines, be sure not to leave a tungsten ring in a ultrasonic jewelry cleaner for more than one minute and never use any accompanying cleaning solutions, as they may contain harsh chemicals.
Because any harsh chemicals can be hard on tungsten, it is a good idea to quickly clean your ring whenever it is exposed to bleach, ammonia and similar substances. If you know you are going to be working around strong chemicals, remove your tungsten rings until you are finished.
Store your tungsten ring away from jewelry that has been cleaned with any chemicals. This will protect it against possible negative reactions from residue remaining on these pieces of jewelry.
Keep your tungsten ring away from diamonds. Diamonds are one of the few substances that can scratch tungsten carbide.