Tungsten rings are hard and durable, making them low-maintenance. Unlike gold and silver, which are much softer metals, tungsten rings don't develop scratches easily and are tarnish-resistant. In fact, if your tungsten wedding ring has a polished finish, then it will always look shiny and will likely never develop scratches or blemishes. Because tungsten rings are so low-maintenance, they are popular in the men's rings category. Tungsten jewelry is easy to care for, but it is important to know how to clean it because it is a metal that can react poorly with some cleaning solutions and methods. If your gold plated tungsten ring needs a little sprucing up, use our tips to make sure you don’t damage the jewelry.
The materials used for cleaning a gold plated tungsten ring are basic household items. To make a cleaning solution for a wedding ring and other tungsten jewelry, simply mix warm water with a few drops of mild soap. Hand soap and mild dish detergent are good options. It is best to avoid using any other types of cleaning solutions or products because chemicals such as ammonia, bleach, chlorine and pre-packaged jewelry cleaning solutions can damage tungsten by reacting poorly with its composition.
Washing your gold plated tungsten ring is a simple process. Once you have prepared your cleaning solution, create a lather using a cotton cloth. Wash the outside of your tungsten ring with the cloth, scrubbing vigorously to remove dirt. You can then use a cotton swab or toothbrush to clean in any grooves or around gemstones and other ring components. If you have a very intricate tungsten ring, you can place the ring directly into the solution to soak in order to loosen the dirt. Once you are satisfied with the cleanliness of the ring, rinse it under warm water and dry it with a clean cotton cloth.
Follow a few guidelines to keep your gold plated tungsten ring clean and in good condition. Because any harsh chemicals can be hard on tungsten, it is a good idea to quickly clean your ring whenever it is exposed to bleach, ammonia and similar substances. If you know you are going to be working around strong chemicals, remove your tungsten jewelry, especially a men's ring, until you are finished. To be extra careful, store your tungsten ring away from jewelry that has been cleaned with any chemicals to protect against negative reactions from residue remaining on these pieces of jewelry. In addition, you should keep your tungsten ring away from diamonds -- one of the few substances that can scratch tungsten carbide.
It is best to avoid using an ultrasonic jewelry cleaner when cleaning gold plated tungsten rings, but if you strongly prefer using these machines, be sure not to leave a tungsten ring in a ultrasonic jewelry cleaner for more than one minute and never use any accompanying cleaning solutions as they may contain harsh chemicals.