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Wedding bands are undoubtedly some of the most special gifts you can get for your significant other. They are personal, a part of the couple’s momentous day, and unique to everyone. While they’re not one-size-fits-all, there is one way to keep your wedding band in good condition so it lasts long after the big day. Here are some tips and tricks to properly care for your wedding band.
1. Don’t Wear Your Band When You’re Doing Heavy Work
This includes everything from hitting things to lifting objects. While your wedding band may be strong, it can only take so much abuse before it loses its durability. Also, try not to get your ring wet. It’s not waterproof, and getting it wet or submerging it for extended durations of time can cause the metal to break down and corrode faster than usual.
2. Replace Your Backing
You will also want to replace your backing if it looks like it’s beginning to lose its shape. The backing is a plastic ring that locks the metal band to your finger. If the ring loosens over time and begins to look worn down, old, or discolored, consider replacing it with a new one. Many unique men’s wedding bands have grooves in the back that you can replace the backing with if your current one is starting to look worn down. Detailed instructions are included with many unique wedding bands.
3. Don’t Put Your Wedding Band in an Enclosed Space
Your wedding band is a part of you, but it must also be taken care of. It seems logical to keep it safe and sound in a plastic bag. However, room temperature doesn’t help your ring stay in good condition any better than normal room temperature does. In addition, if you have it in a plastic bag, it is exposed to any chemicals that could affect your ring.
4. Clean Your Wedding Band Regularly
Dirt and dust can build up on your wedding band over time, so clean it often. Cleaning is easy; all you have to do is wipe it down with a dry microfiber cloth or wash it with warm water and mild soap like Ivory or Dawn dish soap. If you’ve got stubborn stains, use a soft-bristled toothbrush (that hasn’t been used on your teeth) to scrub the ring clean. Be gentle, and don’t rub too hard; you want to avoid scratching the metal as much as possible!
5. Don’t Wear Your Wedding Band While Swimming or Bathing
Wearing your wedding band while swimming or bathing can damage it, so be sure to take it off before diving in. Also, avoid putting your ring in a hot tub for long periods, as the heat can lead to discoloration and weaken the metal.
6. Get Insurance
If you want to be on the safe side, getting insurance on your wedding band is always a good idea. Your wedding band is so special, and you wouldn’t want it to be damaged any more than it already has been. With insurance on your ring, you can rest assured that if something unfortunate happens to your ring (like if someone were to steal or accidentally damage your ring), the insurance company could cover the lost jewelry and a replacement cost.
7. Consider a “Backup” Ring
One thing many couples don’t think about is that they may need a backup ring to replace their wedding band. If your engagement ring gets damaged or lost, it may be time to get a backup ring. Since your engagement ring cannot be repaired, you would need a new one and use the insurance money to get this “backup” ring.
8. Avoid Exposing Your Wedding Band to Harsh Chemicals
Like when you were a kid, and your sharpie marker ran out of ink, your wedding band is cheap and disposable. It can go through harsh chemical products, like cleaners or chemicals, if you’re not careful. Chemicals with strong odors can also remove the smell of the metal.
When it comes to wedding bands, it’s not just about the ring. You also want to ensure that you take good care of your ring so you and your significant other can enjoy it for years to come. Whether you have a replacement ring for when things go wrong or want to ensure that you keep your ring in tip-top shape, these tips will help you do that.