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How to Get Scratches Out of a Gold Ring

Updated February 21, 2017

Cleaning a gold band to remove dirt and scratches can be accomplished quickly and with very few speciality items. With a few household items, and a jeweller'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 jewellery shop, look through your cupboards for simple ingredients that can do just as good a job.

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  1. 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.

  2. In an 227gr cup, combine one part ammonia with six parts warm water. Do not attempt to clean a gold band with ammonia only.

  3. 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.

  4. For scratches, cover both hands by putting on the latex gloves. Grip the ring firmly in one hand and the jeweller'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.

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Things You'll Need

  • Soap
  • Water
  • Clean cloth
  • 227gr cup
  • Ammonia
  • Facial tissue
  • Latex Gloves
  • Jeweller's polishing cloth

About the Author

Jonathan Lister has been a writer and content marketer since 2003. His latest book publication, "Bullet, a Demos City Novel" is forthcoming from J Taylor Publishing in June 2014. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Shippensburg University and a Master of Fine Arts in writing and poetics from Naropa University.

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