How to Safely Clean a Diamond Ring

How to Safely Clean a Diamond Ring

Keeping your diamond ring brilliant is simple to do with a few household supplies. You might have heard that baking soda and toothpaste are good solutions for cleaning rings, but they can actually be quite abrasive. Using gentle, nonabrasive cleansers is is a much safer way to get the job done.

Method 1 of 3: Using Soapy Water

1. Make a soap and water mixture. Squirt a little dish soap into a bowl. Fill the bowl with warm water. Swish it around a bit to produce some suds.

  • Use a gentle dish soap, preferably one made with natural ingredients, to avoid harming your ring with chemicals.
  • Gentle hand soap, shampoo, or body wash may also be used. Be sure not to use a soap that contains “moisturizers,” though – it might leave a film on your ring.


2. Place your ring in the bowl for 15 minutes. Let the soapy water soak into the ring. It will penetrate and loosen the dirt, dust and grime that has built up there.


3. Remove your ring and examine it. If you can still see dirt buildup, you’ll need to clean it further. Otherwise, you can rinse your ring in clean water.


4. Use a soft toothbrush to gently rub the dirt from your ring. Make sure you use a soft-bristled brush, rather than medium or hard-bristled, so that your ring doesn’t get scratched. Scrub lightly, poking the bristles into the hard-to-reach crevices.

  • You can use a toothpick to poke dirt out of the crevices if necessary.


5. Rinse the ring in cool water.


6. Lay it out to dry. Place your ring on a paper towel or clean cloth and let it completely dry.


Method 2 of 3: Using the Quick Dip Method

1. Buy a quick dip meant for the type of diamond ring you own. Quick dips are commercially available solutions designed to quickly clean jewelry. Different dips are made with different chemicals specifically formulated for gold, silver, or other metals. Be sure to pick out a dip that specifies use for cleaning diamond rings with the type of setting you have.


2. Read the label carefully. It’s important to follow the instructions for using the quick dip to a T, so that you don’t end up damaging your ring. Read the instructions and make sure you’re clear on how to use the dip before you proceed.


3. Use the dip. Pour some of the dip liquid into a bowl. Place your ring in the bowl for the recommended amount of time, and no longer. Remove your ring from the bowl and let it completely dry on a soft cloth.

  • Don’t leave your ring in the dip for longer than recommended, or it may get damaged.
  • Don’t touch the diamond with your fingers until it dries. The oils on your skin may leave a film on the diamond.


Method 3 of 3: Using an Ultrasonic Cleaning Machine

1. Choose an ultrasonic cleaner. These are small machines that make it easy to safely clean your jewelry in a matter of a few minutes. They are quite affordable, and similar to the types of cleaning machines used in jewelry shops. Look for cleaner made by a reputable company.


2. Fill the cleaner with water and detergent. Most cleaning machines come with a metal cup that is filled with water and a detergent to clean your jewelry. Follow the instructions and fill the cleaning machine with the appropriate amount of solution.


3. Place your ring in the cleaner and close it. Be sure it’s assembled correctly and closed properly.


4. Remove your ring after the recommended time. It should be clean within just a minute or two; don’t leave it inside for longer than necessary.

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