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If you’re the proud owner of a gorgeous white gold ring, you’ll probably want to know how to keep it gleaming and sparkling for as long as possible. While white gold can be slightly tricky to clean, we’ve simplified the process in 5 easy steps below.
So if you want to learn how to clean a white gold ring, while also enjoying some tips on keeping your gold as shiny as possible for longer, keep reading!
How to clean a white gold ring, step by step
The important thing to remember when cleaning any soft jewelry is to clean using gentle cleaning materials: this means avoiding all harsh soaps and detergents, and avoiding abrasive cloths. Instead, follow our gentle cleaning guide to help keep your white gold in tip-top condition for as long as possible:
Make a gentle soap mixture
To create a gentle soap mixture for cleaning purposes, we’d recommend using dish soap. Dish soap is gentle enough to use on white gold, while still being strong enough to lift any marks and have your ring gleaming and shiny. Mix some dish cleaning soap and lukewarm water in a bowl to create your cleaning mix.
Let your ring soak
Next up, you’re going to want to let your ring soak in the soapy water. This is better than scrubbing at your ring with a cloth or a brush right away, as it allows all dirt and grime to lift gently, without the need for elbow grease. You’ll want to let your ring soak for around 10 minutes, or 15 minutes if it hasn’t been cleaned in a while.
Letting your ring soak for 15 minutes is also a good way to ensure that your ring is disinfected and rid of any bacteria.
Rinse with water
Once your ring has soaked for between 25 and 30 minutes, you can lift it gently out of the soapy mixture and give it a quick rinse. Make sure that there are no soap streaks left behind, as these will be visible once the ring dries.
Using a very soft brush (a baby’s toothbrush is gentle enough for this) buff away at your ring gently, going over any areas where you notice any discoloration or grime that wasn’t removed during the soak.
Dry your ring
To dry your ring, wrap it in a soft towel and press gently – try not to scrub it vigorously, as you want to ensure the white gold band sustains little-to-no damage during the cleaning process.
And there you have it. After a thorough – but gentle – cleaning, your white gold ring should be gleaming, and look as good as new!
Can I use alcohol on a white gold ring?
We’d highly recommend not using alcohol to disinfect a white gold ring. This is because white gold rings are manufactured with a layer of rhodium in order to achieve the eye-catching white-gold hue.
Unlike pure gold, or a 22 carat gold ring, both of which are highly resistant soft metals, rhodium is sensitive to alcohol, and cleaning any white gold item with alcohol can result in the outer layer of the ring disintegrating and becoming tarnished. While you can easily have your white gold ring dipped if this occurs, you can save on an unnecessary expense by simply avoiding alcohol.
Pro tip: always take any gold ring off before applying hand sanitizer, too, as the alcohol can wear away at certain metals.
How to clean a white gold ring with diamonds?
If your white gold ring has diamonds, you can follow the same cleaning method as outlined above, using a gentle dish soap and letting it soak for around 25-30 minutes.
Keeping your white gold ring in pristine condition: tips and tricks
pristine condition, so you can show off your fabulous bijoux no matter the occasion! If you want to know how to protect white gold rings (and any other white gold jewelry for that matter) while going about your day-to-day activities, follow our tips and tricks below:
- Remove your white gold ring while in the shower.
- Rinse your ring if it ever comes into contact with beauty or body care products.
- Always remove your ring while using any harsh cleaning agents, such as bleach.
- Take your ring to a jeweler’s annually, to re-dip the ring or check its condition.