With all the different metals that are used today, one of the most common questions I get is "what is the best way to clean my wedding band?". Well that all depends on what wedding band you have. With all the new metals like Cobalt, Tungsten, Titanium, & Ceramic being used to create wedding bands, there is no surprise where there can be some confusion. After all the method to clean gold or platinum can actually damage metals like cobalt. As often as I get this question I figured it would be a great idea to create this article so all the information is in one place.
Gold & Platinum Wedding Bands: These are the most common metals used for wedding bands and have been the staple for hundreds of years. The best method for cleaning these is a combination of an ultrasonic cleaner with a cleaning solution and steaming it afterwards. But let's face it the normal household has neither a ultrasonic or a steamer. If you have a large collection of gold or platinum jewelry you can purchase a small ultrasonic cleaner at most jewelry stores for a fairly reasonable price. The second option would be to purchase a jewelry cleaner from your local jewelry store. While not as effective these cleaning solutions do offer an inexpensive alternative to buying an ultrasonic cleaner. I can't speak for all jewelry stores, but our local store offers free jewelry cleaning while you shop or view our selection. Check with local stores in your area to see if any offer this service.
Cobalt & Cobalt Chrome Wedding Bands: One of the newer metals for wedding bands, there has been much confusion on the best method for cleaning. The funny part is cobalt wedding bands are the easiest metal to clean. Just use some warm water and dish soap. Soak the band for about 30 mins in the solution, rinse with warm water and wipe it with a soft clean cloth. Cobalt chrome is an ideal metal for wedding bands as it is extremely scratch resistant. Never use an ultrasonic or steamer to clean a cobalt wedding band.
Titanium Wedding Bands: Titanium, a super lightweight & durable metal, has become a favorite for mens wedding bands. While extremely durable like cobalt, titanium is susceptible to scratching. But how to clean it? It is similar to to a cobalt wedding band as you use warm water and dish soap to clean any residual oils or dirt, you also can use an ammonia based glass cleaner to shine it. Be sure to wipe the band down with a clean dry cloth to make sure you get the best shine possible. For an even brighter shine apply band-balm to it using a lint free cloth or a q-tip for the best possible polish.
Tungsten Wedding Bands: Tungsten wedding bands are another extremely popular metal now for mens wedding bands. Cleaning them is also a very simple process. Just like titanium wedding bands all you need is a solution of dish soap and warm water. Soak the wedding band for a short time, remove your wedding band and rinse the excess solution with warm water then dry it using a dry lint free cloth.
Ceramic Wedding Bands: Ceramic, while not one of the more popular materials for wedding bands due to its vulnerability to chipping, Ceramic wedding band are very strong and scratch resistant. Ceramic wedding bands however are one of the easiest to clean. All you have to do is wipe it with a damp cloth and then dry it with a dry lint free cloth.
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