Cleaning a gold band to remove dirt and scratches can be accomplished quickly and with very few specialty items. With a few household items, and a jeweler's polishing cloth you can have your wedding band or other gold rings looking like new in less than 20 minutes. Instead of paying for ring cleaning at a jewelry shop, look through your cupboards for simple ingredients that can do just as good a job.
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Removing Scratches From Gold Rings
Apply equal parts soap and warm water to a damp washcloth. Scrub the gold band, using the soapy washcloth to remove surface impurities. Look on the surface of the band for dark flecks. Repeat scrubbing until all surface dirt has been removed. Rinse the band in cold water, and allow the gold to air-dry.
In an 8-ounce cup, combine one part ammonia with six parts warm water. Do not attempt to clean a gold band with ammonia only.
Place the gold band into the ammonia-and-water solution. Allow the band to soak in the solution for no longer than a minute. Remove the band from the ammonia solution. Inspect the surface to ensure that all scratches have been removed. Dry the gold band with facial tissue.
For scratches, cover both hands by putting on the latex gloves. Grip the ring firmly in one hand and the jeweler's polishing cloth in the other. Buff the surface of the gold ring with the polishing cloth. Check the band to be sure the rouge, a substance in the polishing cloth, has smoothed the scratches on the band's surface. Repeat this step as needed until all surface scratches are removed.