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How often do you clean your wedding rings?

Do you clean it at home yourself or take it in to the jeweler?  I bought one of those cleaning solutions with the little brush from Ben Bridge, but it doesn't get nearly as clean as when I take it into the jeweler.  On the other hand, I feel bad going in to have them clean it all the time, especially when they are busy (it's a small store, so they usually only have 3 people working).  When they clean it, it is sooooo much sparklier!  I would have them do it every day if I could.  Anyways, I was just curious how often you guys cleaned your rings.  I take it in maybe once every couple months, but as soon as I walk in, they know I'm there for cleaning :)  I hope they're not sick of me...

Oh, and bonus question: Do you wear your rings all the time, or do you take them off when you shower/sleep/clean/cook/other?  I used to wear my jewelry all.the.time, but now I take it off when I shower and put on lotion so they don't get as dirty.

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Re: How often do you clean your wedding rings?

  • I can't even remember the last time it was cleaned.  I *think* about doing it a lot, but never do.  Cleaning jewelry is a PITA.....which I was just thinking about when I put on a necklace that needed to be cleaned the other day.

    I take my rings off whenever I'm home, when I shower, when I go to the gym, and when I work (I do hair and it gets caught in people's hair and gets gunky from product).  Honestly, my ring is very bulky, and I don' t find it super comfortable all the time so I take it off a lot. I keep a heart shaped ring holder on my nightstand and MH and I keep our rings on it and grab them when we leave the house (if we're wearing them).

  • I try to bring mine in to be cleaned every six months, like I'm supposed to.  I do clean them at home about once a week, but I agree....they get so much sparklier when the pros do it.

    I used to only take mine off when I showered and got ready in the morning...I put them on last right before I leave.  But now I'm just getting back in the habit of wearing them at all!  They didn't fit while I was pregnant, and they are still snug, but are starting to fit better now.  Now I do take them off to sleep, too, since my fingers seem to swell more at night.

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  • i clean mine with a toothbrush either daily or every other day.

    then when i'm in the area of my jeweler, i'll have them clean it. i want to buy an industrial steamer like them! haha.

     i wear mine most of the time. i'll usually take it off when i shower, and sometimes when i sleep.

  • SIL gave me an ultrasonic jewelry cleaner so clean my rings whenever I remember Stick out tongue. I take off my rings (and other jewelry) when I am home.

  • I take mine to the jeweler maybe every 5-6 months, and it really does make a difference. I should do it more often, but I'm lazy I guess...the rings usually come off when I put lotion on my hands and always come off when I get home from work. I like my hands to be free when I'm cooking and cleaning. I don't wear it to bed or in the shower either...MH rarely takes his ring off...  :)
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  • Since I'm not really used to the routine of taking off and putting on my rings, I tend to forget to put them on pretty often...and every time I forget, my husband notices!  He doesn't wear his daily because he can't for work (construction), but if we go out for dinner or on the weekends, he always has it on!

    Cai - Do you use any kind of solution when you clean, or just warm water?  Maybe I should leave an old toothbrush by the sink so I can give a little scrub when I wash my hands...

    Ericka - Does the ultrasonic cleaner work well?  I've thought about getting one but haven't heard much on how they perform.

     

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    Ericka - Does the ultrasonic cleaner work well?  I've thought about getting one but haven't heard much on how they perform.

    I have one and I looooove it! It's not quite as good as getting it professionally cleaned, but it's definitely close. You can buy cleaning solution to use in them, but half the time I just squirt in a little dishsoap (it's designed to cut through grease so it works well for this kind of thing), let it buzz away for a while, then give the rings a quick brush with an old toothbrush. Voila!

    Oh, and if you're feeling lazy, just use an old toothbrush and a little toothpaste (yes, really - it does a great job!) to wash your rings. That's what I do when I don't feel like pulling out the ultrasonic cleaner. Smile

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    Ericka - Does the ultrasonic cleaner work well?  I've thought about getting one but haven't heard much on how they perform.

    I have one and I looooove it! It's not quite as good as getting it professionally cleaned, but it's definitely close. You can buy cleaning solution to use in them, but half the time I just squirt in a little dishsoap (it's designed to cut through grease so it works well for this kind of thing), let it buzz away for a while, then give the rings a quick brush with an old toothbrush. Voila!

    Oh, and if you're feeling lazy, just use an old toothbrush and a little toothpaste (yes, really - it does a great job!) to wash your rings. That's what I do when I don't feel like pulling out the ultrasonic cleaner. Smile

    Awesome!  I'll have to look into getting one.  Any particular brand or features you recommend?  Or are they all kind of the same?  Good tip with the toothpaste too.  I think I read that before, but haven't tried it -- am I right that it has to be the "paste", not the "gel" type? 

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    Awesome!  I'll have to look into getting one.  Any particular brand or features you recommend?  Or are they all kind of the same?  Good tip with the toothpaste too.  I think I read that before, but haven't tried it -- am I right that it has to be the "paste", not the "gel" type? 

    I think the one I have is an Australian brand, so that probably won't help much. Stick out tongue It's a really basic model though - it was one of the less expensive ones - and I don't regret getting the cheaper one. I don't think buying one of the $$$ cleaners would make a noticeable difference - so that's my only advice. Stick out tongue

    I don't know if you have to use paste vs gel, but I normally have paste anyway, so that's what I use - I like Colgate toothpaste with baking soda for brushing my teeth, so that's what I use on my rings, and it works really well! Smile

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     I keep a heart shaped ring holder on my nightstand and MH and I keep our rings on it and grab them when we leave the house (if we're wearing them).

    We have a heart shapped ring holder also!

    I haven't cleaned my ring in SO long.  

  • I clean my ring pretty often, like every other day with one of those liquid cleaners that have a brush.  i have one of those molecular cleaners, i think the same thing ppl are mentioning above, but i overdid it the first time i tried it - put it on cleaning the longest time, and one of my diamonds in my micropave fell out. 

    the setting had problems already at that point with the tiny diamonds, and they eventually had to make me a whole new setting, but now i'm afraid to try it in the molecular cleaning machine again.  those jewelers will be so so so unhappy to see me if i come back with another diamond missing (even though the whole reason this started happening was their fault; long story, but it involves the owner hammering the thin micropave band to try to make it align with my wedding band.  ok, not so long story.)

    question - does your jeweler clean it for free?  my jeweler is hard to get to; parking is around $8, sort of far away; and i think they get nervous everytime they see me approach (really, a diamond fell like out like, 4 times until they gave me a new setting).  should i go somewhere else and pay?

    when i used to be married before, the old ring, i took somewhere and paid $10 everytime to get it cleaned.  My jeweler has been doing it for free, but i feel embarrassed to go down there too often.

     

  • Thanks for the info, ladies.  I have a heart shaped ring holder too!  I got it as a shower gift and use it often :)

    Jen, my jeweler cleans the ring for free.  Sometimes they'll see my earrings (which are not from there) and ask if I want it cleaned too.  I decline because they are cheapy fakes from Express or something.  I asked them once if they sold jewelry cleaner so I could clean it at home, but they said they prefer I bring it in.  That way they can also check to make sure the diamonds are not loose.  Last time I took it in to get cleaned, they found a loose stone in my band and fixed it for me.

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    Cai - Do you use any kind of solution when you clean, or just warm water?  Maybe I should leave an old toothbrush by the sink so I can give a little scrub when I wash my hands...

    I just use some hot water and a clean toothbrush :)

  • I clean mine about once a week only because I have a really easy cleaning method.  I use about 1/2 a shot of vodka and soak my rings in there for about 15-20 mins sometimes longer.  All the "gunky" stuff comes off and then I just brush w/ an old toothbrush afterwards and its as shiny as it was when I first got it.

     

     

  • I clean my rings at home about once a month. I try to take them to the jeweler for professional cleaning about every 6 months.
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