Ring Care Guide

Ring Care Guide – How to Care for Your Metal Rings

Taking care of your metal rings is crucial to maintaining their shine and longevity. Whether you own a titanium ring, a tungsten ring, or a cobalt ring, each type requires specific care. This guide will provide you with essential tips and guidelines for ring care.

Types of Metal Rings

Forge & Lumber offers a variety of unique metal rings, each with its own unique properties and characteristics:

General Ring Care Tips

Regardless of the type of metal ring you own, there are some universal care tips:

  • Avoid wearing rings during activities that may damage them.
  • Remove rings before swimming, using chemicals, or engaging in strenuous work.
  • Store rings separately in a jewelry box or pouch to prevent scratches and damage.

How to Care for Specific Types of Rings

Titanium Rings

  • Clean with mild soap and water, avoiding ammonia-based cleaners.
  • Dry with a clean cloth to prevent water marks.
  • Polish with glass cleaners containing ammonia for extra shine.

Tungsten Rings

  • Clean with mild soap and water, avoiding harsh chemicals.
  • Use a soft toothbrush or cotton bud for hard-to-reach areas.
  • Avoid wearing them on tile floors to prevent damage.

Silicone Rings

  • Wash with warm water and mild soap.
  • Dry thoroughly before wearing again.
  • Avoid exposure to harsh chemicals.

Cobalt Rings

  • Soak in mild soap and warm water for cleaning.
  • Buff with a soft cloth or seek professional buffing for restoring shine.

Black Zirconium Rings

  • Clean with a soft cloth and mild soap.
  • Dry thoroughly after cleaning.
  • Avoid harsh chemicals and abrasive materials.

Damascus/Stainless Steel Rings

  • While you can wash these with mild soap and water, a mild toothpaste and toothbrush can be used to clean any dirt from inside the Damascus patterns.
  • Grade 316L stainless steel does not react well to large amounts of concentrated chlorine or salt water. To keep it looking pristine, avoid wearing this ring in the pool or sea if you're a regular swimmer.

Tantalum Rings

  • Tantalum is extremely tough, resistant to most chemicals, and doesn't require much maintenance or upkeep.
  • Soak in a bowl of mild soap and water for 2 minutes before brushing with a soft cloth.
  • Tantalum may develop a natural wear pattern over time but if you want to remove scratches, you can use either a nylon pad or a cream metal polish, along with a soft cloth. Rinse at the end and your beautiful smoky grey tantalum is restored!

Stainless Steel Rings

  • To clean, use mild soap and water. For a deeper clean, consider using a soft toothbrush and mild toothpaste to remove any stubborn dirt.

Additional Tips and FAQs

  • Regular cleaning and proper storage can significantly extend the life of your ring.
  • Always remove your ring when working with harsh chemicals or abrasive materials.
  • Consider having your ring professionally cleaned once a year.


Caring for your metal rings is essential to maintain their shine and longevity. By following these tips, you can enjoy your unique Forge & Lumber ring for years to come.

Ring Type Cleaning Drying Special Care
Titanium Mild soap and water Clean cloth Avoid ammonia-based cleaners
Tungsten Mild soap and water Soft toothbrush or cotton bud Avoid harsh chemicals
Silicone Warm water and mild soap Dry thoroughly Avoid harsh chemicals
Cobalt Mild soap and warm water Soft cloth Seek professional buffing
Black Zirconium Soft cloth and mild soap Dry thoroughly Avoid harsh chemicals
Damascus/Stainless Steel Mild soap and water or toothpaste Dry thoroughly Avoid chlorine or salt water
Tantalum Mild soap and water Soft cloth Use nylon pad or cream metal polish for scratches
Stainless Steel Mild soap and water Dry thoroughly Avoid harsh chemicals

Remember, each ring is a unique piece of art, handcrafted to order. Treat it with the care it deserves, and it will reward you with a lifetime of beauty and style.