Titanium Rings – Cleaning & Care Instructions
Titanium, like all jewelry metals, will acquire surface scratches or scuffs through everyday wear. Scratches will be particularly evident in a new ring, but as the ring is worn it develop a natural, even satin patina over the entire surface.
Protect your ring by removing it during activities that may subject it to abrasion or hard knocks. I recommend that you not wear any type of ring at the gym, when gardening, playing sports, or at the beach.
For your safety, never wear any type of ring around open machinery or electrical equipment, or while participating in physical sports and activities.
Jewelry is worn by millions of people every day, but few recognize how they can preserve their treasures by using some simple advanced planning and thought. Here are some basic guidelines to consider when wearing jewelry:
- Remove Jewelry During Tasks – When performing manual tasks, remove your jewelry to prevent physical damage or exposure to chemicals or cleaning fluids. Some tasks that should be avoided when wearing jewelry include kitchen work, gardening, cleaning the house and other common tasks.
- Put Jewelry On After Applying Makeup – Cosmetics, hairspray, perfumes and lotion can contain chemicals that can often damage jewelry. Putting jewelry on after applying these materials will limit exposure to jewelry and any potential damage.
- Don’t Wear Jewelry In Swimming Pools and Spas – Chlorinated water can react with the metals found in jewelry causing color changes and even structural damage. As a result it’s a good idea to remove jewelry before entering the pool or spa.
- Contact Sports and Jewelry Don’t Mix– Hard blows during sports can damage jewelry not to mention the people involved. All jewelry should be removed before play begins.
These guidelines for wearing jewelry should get you off to a good start.
For those that wear jewelry regularly, keeping their jewelry clean and looking good requires regular effort. Here are some general guidelines that may help:
- Remove Your Jewelry before Bathing- (Recommended)
Remove all jewelry before showering or cleaning. Soap can cause a film to form, making it appear dull and dingy. By preventing the formation of this film you immediately reduce the occasions of servicing.
- Use Jewelry Polishing Cloths for Best Results
Polish silver or gold with a jewelry polishing cloth for best results. You can use a svelte or an old cloth diaper, but the professional cloths are the best. Use of tissue or paper towels can cause scratches because of fibers in these products.
- Clean Your Jewelry with Care
Cleaning your own jewelry regularly can keep it looking good, but be careful. You can either purchase commercial cleaners from a jeweler or make a cleaning a solution yourself. Bleach can literally destroy jewelry so avoid it at all costs.
- Use Warm Water to Clean Jewelry
Using warm water is the best bet when cleaning your own jewelry. However, water can cause reaction with the cleaning fluids resulting in discoloration and Sterling Silver is especially susceptible to this problem. .
- Avoid Cleaning Damaged Jewelry
Never clean any jewelry that is damaged, cracked or broken, since the additional handling is likely to exacerbate or worsen the problem. If you find that a piece of jewelry is damaged, it should be set aside for repair as soon as possible.
- Inspect Your Jewelry Regularly
Just like anything else; an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. When having your jewelry professionally cleaned, it’s a good idea to have each item checked and inspected for any possible problems. Addressing signs of damage, or loose gemstones will prevent any further damage or loss and keep all of your pieces in excellent shape for years.
How to Clean a Titanium Ring
All of my titanium rings may be washed with liquid dish soap to remove dirt and grease.(Add a small amount of Dawn dish soap to a cup of warm water. Dip your soft cloth in the soapy water and wipe your ring) Rinse and then spray with an ammonia glass cleaner, such as Windex. Rinse in water again and dry with a soft towel.
High Polished Rings
Minor scratches in polished titanium or precious metals can be removed with a cream metal polish. Use liquid dish soap to remove the polish residue. (Use on Titanium surface only)
Satin Finish Rings
Rub a satin finished ring with a fine nylon pad (available from stores selling automotive finish products) to restore the soft brushed finish. Do not rub the pad over anodized color surfaces, as it will damage the color.
Precious Metal Inlays
Gold and silver inlays are very easy to keep looking beautiful for years to come. Their worst enemy, however, is chlorine. Keep your inlaid ring away from chlorinated cleaning products, swimming pools and Jacuzzis.
Color Anodized Rings
Skin oil, soap residue, and other contaminates leave a film that can temporarily fade or dull the optically created color on anodized rings. To clean the anodized color, soak your ring in a bowl of warm water with liquid dish detergent for a few minutes to remove oil and grease (I recommend Dawn liquid). Do not scrub or rub the color. Rinse and spray with a glass cleaner, such as Windex. Soak the ring with Windex for a minute, then rinse in warm water and allow to air dry (do not rub or dry with a cloth). If the ring has not been cleaned recently you may need to repeat the process.
Avoid scratching the anodized surface on color titanium rings. Do not wash with cleaners containing abrasives. Do not wipe the anodized areas with any type of cloth. Abrasives remove the oxide layer and damage the color.
If your anodized finish should become damaged for any reason I can re-anodize it the same color for no extra fee.
Wood Lined Rings
Adding a small wax coating to your ring regularly will help keep your lining water resistant and looking new. I recommend Carnuaba wax.