At the outbreak of COVID-19, public health officials advised that adequately washing your hands is one of the best ways to protect yourself and others.
By now, if you’re following their orders, then you’ve likely spent most of your time cleaning your hands. However, with sanitizing, your skin and the moisture level of your cuticles aren’t the only things getting affected. Your ring might also be undergoing damage.
To avoid this from happening, follow these essential tips.
- Avoid Using Alcohol-Based Disinfectants
Alcohol-based disinfectants aren’t always a friend to gemstones, especially the delicate ones. They can cause precious stones to become lackluster and cloudy. Instead, soaking them in warm water might just do the trick.
- Keep Away from Cleaning Agents
Distancing doesn’t only apply to you; it applies to your jewels too. Exposure to certain cleaning agents can cause the finish of the jewelry to fade. Excessive contact with cleaning agents like chlorine and bleach can break down the metal’s brilliance over time.
- Be Smart, Clean Smartly
Of course, health and hygiene come before bling, but there are ways to stay clean and protect your precious sparkler. Rubbing hand sanitizer directly onto your hand may damage the ring. Instead, remove your ring first, sanitize and dry your hands, then put your ring back on.
- Put on Your Gloves If Necessary
If you don’t want to use a hand sanitizer, or can’t remove your ring for any reason, wear a pair of gloves while doing household cleaning. This will help avoid transmission of any infection.
- When in Doubt, Head to the Sink
Wash your ring immediately with warm water if you notice any change while using the sanitizer. This allows for the removal of any residual chemicals that might have settled on it.
- Be Careful About Moisturizers Too
Using moisturizers regularly can also damage your ring. They may contain chemicals that can reduce the shine and harm the metal.
Rings holding gems can start accumulating lotion or debris behind the stones. Hence, it is essential to keep this area clean as it can be a prime place for bacteria or irritants to collect, leading to skin infections. Also, decreased airflow behind the stone can trap moisture against the finger, which is also a common cause for irritation.