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When you’re a bride-to-be or newlywed, you typically can’t help staring at your precious jewels, often talking more with your hands than your lips and taking a thousand photos of your new set of glistening jewellery, but the truth is that enthusiasm fades over time. Chances are if you’ve been married for a few years, you’ve never even thought to clean your engagement or wedding rings, or attempted to restore the shine.

It’s not too late, though. The gorgeous ring your eyes were once glued to can shine bright like a diamond again – even if they’re not!

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Step 1: Mix warm water with non-harsh detergent

What you need is roughly one part detergent (regular dishwashing liquid from your kitchen is fine) to two parts water. Avoid using abrasive cleaners (like bleach, chlorine and ammonia) as they can damage diamonds and cubic zirconia alike.

Step 2: Soak for 20 – 40 minutes, then scrub

To dislodge the built-up dirt, grease and grime, soak for around half an hour. Afterwards, scrub your ring(s) gently with a soft-bristled brush or a soft cosmetic brush (for instance, an eyebrow brush would work well).

Step 3: Rinse thoroughly

You want to make sure that you rinse off any soap residue completely to avoid damage to your ring. Dry off with a soft cloth or better still, let it air dry for best results.

Step 4: Store properly

When you’re not wearing your ring(s), store it in an airtight container to prevent wear and tear.

How often should I clean my ring?

Ideally, once a week is advised by professionals, to keep your ring looking its best but if you (realistically) can’t, once a month is just fine. You should also consider having it cleaned once or twice a year at a reputable jeweller, as professional-grade products will help restore its shine and beauty.

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