Keep your ring as shiny as possible.

By Aleesha Thomas
September 30, 2019

You love your wedding band, but wearing it every single day—to the work, the gym, while you're cooking dinner, and when you're doing the dishes—can leave it looking a little worse for wear. Luckily, cleaning this precious piece of jewelry doesn't always require a trip to the jeweler—while it's a good idea to get in the practice of bringing your band for tune-ups with a pro, you can take good care of it at home, too. Here, a few options for both professional and at-home wedding band maintenance.

Related: How to Keep Track of Your Wedding Band in the Hours Leading Up to the Ceremony

Visit Your Jeweler

Assuming you bought your wedding band at a traditional brick-and-mortar store or from a jeweler who specializes in custom pieces, you should be able to visit the professional who sold you your wedding band for a deep cleaning. In fact, most jewelers offer free cleanings of bands purchased from their stores. Take your ring in whenever it needs a good cleaning, or at least once a year. Regular visits to a jeweler will ensure issues—like loose diamonds or chipped settings—are caught and remedied early.

Clean Your Ring at Home

If you don't have the time to make it in to a jeweler, it's just as easy to clean your ring from home. All you need is a DIY cleaning solution and a soft toothbrush. Mix hot water with dishwashing soap and soak your ring for 30-40 minutes in a coffee mug or glass. After the soak, take out the ring and gently brush each stone with the soft toothbrush. Rinse under warm water and let dry. You can also purchase cleaning solutions or kits specifically created for the cleaning of wedding bands.

Do Your Research

If you're going the DIY route, make sure to do your research. While the formula above is a generally recommended option, every metal is different, so you'll want to make sure that it'll work for yours. Either ask your jeweler or look on the internet to see what the best way to clean different pieces of jewelry.

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