How to clean a wedding ring and keep it shining

Put some sparkle back into your jewellery with our advice on how to clean a diamond ring at home and tips on cleaning other valuable items.

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How to clean a wedding ring and keep it shining

Because not many people know how to clean rings, it can be easy to neglect them - particularly those that we wear all the time like wedding rings. But knowing how to clean a wedding ring or any other kind of ring at home doesn't require much expert skill and means that you can prevent a build-up of dirt and grime to leave your rings sparkling for longer.

Here’s our step-by-step guide on how to clean silver rings, how to clean a white gold ring, and how to clean a diamond ring at home to get you started.

Never use abrasive or harsh chemicals when cleaning rings or any type of jewllery. Although metals like gold and silver can be strong, the settings and jewels may not be!

How to clean a wedding ring and other types of rings

The process you take to clean a silver ring is the same as how you clean a diamond, gold, or white gold ring and so can be used for most wedding rings. Make sure you check with a jeweller first if you're unsure and always avoid using harsh chemicals or exposing your ring to extreme temperatures - the metal may be sturdy but the ring settings or jewels may not be!

  • Step 1: get a small bowl. Add warm water and a squeeze of some good quality washing up liquid, such as Sunlight Dishwashing Liquid.
  • Step 2: soak your ring in the solution for 20-40 minutes. If you have multiple rings that need cleaning, you can do them at the same time.
  • Step 3: remove the ring after soaking and brush gently with a soft brush. An old toothbrush or children’s toothbrush is best for this (children’s brushes have softer bristles).
  • Step 4: next, rinse the ring under warm running water.
  • Step 5: either leave your ring to air dry or use a clean, soft cloth to pat the ring dry and help absorb the moisture.

Wedding ring cleaning FAQs

Now that you know the basics of how to clean a wedding ring, it might be worth checking a couple of other common FAQs.

How often should you clean a wedding ring?

Ideally, you should follow this process once a week to help prevent the build-up of any dirt in the creases or fixings of your ring. It’s also worth considering a professional clean every few years to sort out the areas that are more difficult to reach at home.

How should you clean a sterling silver ring?

While learning how to clean a sterling silver ring is relatively straightforward, there are few dos and don'ts to follow:

  1. DO NOT use anything abrasive such as bleach, chlorine, or acetone to clean rings. These are too harsh and could damage the surface.
  2. DO use mild shampoo or body wash if you don't have washing-up liquid to hand. DO NOT use any moisturising products as these can leave residue on the ring.

Now you know how to clean a diamond ring, silver ring, and other types of wedding ring you can ensure your jewellery always looks it best. Try ring cleaning at home the next time your jewellery looks like it could use some TLC.

For special metals, very precious items, or any jewellery that you're unsure how to clean, it’s worth getting cleaning instructions from the place where you bought it or from a specialist jewellers.
  • Soak the rings in a solution of water and washing up liquid.
  • Lightly dislodge any dirt with a gentle brush.
  • Dab with a cloth or leave to air dry. 
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