You’ve exchanged the rings, said the vows, and returned the tux. The hard part is over, so enjoy a deep sigh of relief. But now that it’s time to settle into wedded bliss, there are a few things you’re going to want to know to ensure that married life goes off without a hitch, so to speak. One of them is to know how to properly clean, store, and maintain your wedding ring so it lasts as long as your marriage—ideally, ‘til death do you part.
As arbiters of unique men’s wedding rings made of all sorts of unconventional materials, Manly Bands is here to help you spiff and shine your signature bling, no matter if it’s made of bones, stones, or meteors. Luckily, when you shop with us, you get a one-year no-hassle limited warranty and, in some cases, a limited lifetime warranty, so you can rest easy knowing your ring was a great investment.
How to Clean a Wedding Band: Generally all of our wedding bands can be cleaned with warm water and mild dish soap, as long as it contains no harsh chemicals. For particularly tough jobs, you can use a soft-bristled toothbrush to scrub away dirt and imperfections. Never soak and always thoroughly dry your wedding band. Finish by polishing with a soft jewelry cloth to bring back some serious sparkle. Follow the material-specific tips below for some next-level revamping.
KNOW WHAT YOUR RINGS ARE MADE OF
Like everything you own, your jewelry should be cleaned carefully, taking the material into consideration. Think about it like this: You wouldn’t clean the body of your Porsche with Windex, so don’t clean your titanium rings with gold cleaner. Using the wrong cleaner can lead to irreversible damage that you may have to live with for a lifetime, so don’t chance it. Here’s a breakdown of how to clean our wedding rings based on their unique material.Wood – Our wooden wedding bands are sealed with a durable resin, but they can still be affected by too much exposure to water. For these reasons, make sure to avoid submerging them in water (we know everyone occasionally gets pushed in the pool—just don’t intentionally swim or shower with one on) and lifting heavy metal items or anything else that could scratch. Harsh chemicals are a definite no-no as they can break the sealant. And who just got out of cleaning the bathroom?! You.
WHAT IF MY RING IS MADE OF MULTIPLE MATERIALS?
We’re glad you asked since many of our rings feature several different materials. In this situation, you need to treat your ring as if it were made of the more fragile or sensitive material, avoiding all possible damages.
TIPS FOR KEEPING YOUR RING IN TIP-TOP SHAPE
Now that you’ve got a general rundown of how to keep your band fresh, you’re well on your way to keeping it in like-new condition so it can be passed down to future generations. Make sure to follow these storage and maintenance hacks, too, to avoid any ring-related snafus along the way.
Don’t swim or shower with your wedding band on. It can be tough to remember, but constant exposure to moisture can expand materials, damage finishes, and cause obvious water damage that may void your warranty. Slip it off before you dive in! Or, if you feel totally naked without it, rock your silicone band when you head to the pool or beach.
Make your jewelry the last thing you put on when you’re getting ready. Exposing your ring to any hair care products, cologne, or deodorant can cause gross buildup that can permanently affect the finish. Jewelry is meant to be the icing on the cake, after all. Plus, some of these products contain harsh chemicals that can cause your ring to tarnish.
Don’t put certain rings into an ultrasonic cleaner. These handy little spiffing machines are great for getting grunge out of the nooks and crannies of your ring, but they have a tendency to loosen precious stone settings and damage fragile inlays. If your wedding band has diamonds or any other type of stone, skip the ultrasonic device.
Keep your rings away from any harsh chemicals. Garages, warehouses, factories—they’re all fun places to get your hands dirty, but they can expose your ring to harsh chemicals that can cause staining, tarnishing, or warping, so avoid them as much as possible. By the same token, take your ring off before carrying anything sharp or heavy.
Store your jewelry in temperature-stable environments. Though metal is super-tough, extreme temperatures can alter it permanently. Make sure to store all your favorite jewelry pieces in temperature-stable environments and avoid exposing them to high heat.
Make a routine—and stick to it. Treat cleaning your wedding band like you treat the rest of your body. A simple hand wash using a gentle soap will do the trick.
Remember to trust the professionals. As tempting as it is, don’t take household tools to your ring to fix anything loose, bent, misshapen, or otherwise damaged. Manly Bands made to order comes with a free limited lifetime warranty can be replaced or repaired at no cost to you.
MAKING YOUR MANLY BAND LAST
At the end of the day, your goal is to wear your ring for eternity, and we get that. By shopping with a reputable dealer like Manly Bands, you’re already well on your way. With some of the toughest, strongest, and downright coolest materials in the world, our rings are built to be lifelong show-stoppers. You can always reach out to us if you have any specific questions about how to clean, repair, or maintain your Manly Band.