If you have a ring that’s stuck on the finger, or you’re worried about the wedding ring becoming too tight, you don’t need to panic and call for emergency assistance just yet.
How to Get a Stuck Ring Off
This learning.com guide will cover the following topics:
- Removing a ring that’s stuck
- Special tips for freeing a stubborn ring
- Seeking help when your finger is swollen or the ring won’t budge
Keep in mind that the techniques discussed here are intended for rings that are snug but not dangerously tight, and are not suitable for rings that are severely swollen or those that tend to cut off circulation.
Many people who wear wedding bands experience the frustration of swollen fingers, which is more common in females than men. Even if you have the best ring for fat fingers, you can still struggle to get it off for one reason or another. For example, finger size can fluctuate with the seasons, causing rings that once fit perfectly to suddenly feel uncomfortably tight. This can be especially challenging for your ring finger.
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Easy Ring Removal Techniques
Topical Ring Removal
To make it easier to remove a stuck ring, you need a lubricant to help it glide smoothly over the skin. Here are some substances you can try.
Water: If your finger is swollen, placing it in ice water or running it in cold water can help shrink it and make it easier to slide off the ring.
Windex: At the jewelry store where I used to work, we often used Windex to remove rings that are mildly stuck. The lubricating properties of the Windex, combined with its chemical composition, can help shrink your fingers and make it easier to remove the ring.
Hand lotion: Applying a significant amount of hand lotion to your finger and ring can help loosen the ring and make it easier to slide off. Other substances, such as baby oil, petroleum jelly, conditioner, or cooking oil, can also work.
Extra tip: Avoid pulling excessively on the stuck ring as this can make the swelling increase, making it more difficult to remove.
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Dental Floss Ring Removal Trick
An effective technique for removing a stuck ring is by using the dental floss method, which involves using dental floss to create a snug loop around the finger and the ring. Here’s how to do it:
- Take a long dental floss then thread it below the shank of your ring, leaving enough length to hold onto.
- Wrap the other part of the floss tightly down your finger’s length, but not too tight that it cuts off circulation. This compresses the skin that’s swollen around the ring, making it easier to remove. Secure the dental floss in place.
- Gently unwind the dental floss and remove it from your finger, taking the ring with it.
Watch the video below for a visual demonstration of this technique.
Extremely Stuck Rings
In the event that all of the aforementioned methods work to remove your stuck ring, it may be necessary to consider other options. If everything else fails, it may be necessary to have the ring cut off using a ring cutter.
It is not advisable to attempt to remove the ring with other tools. Instead, contact a jeweler in your locality or visit any jewelry store within your reach and inquire about their ring cutting services.
Note that there are jewelry stores that may require a manager to be present in order to perform this service, so it is best to call ahead.
If your finger is seriously swollen, discolored, or causing severe pain, do not attempt to have the ring cut off. Seek medical attention immediately at the nearest hospital, as prolonged tightness of the finger can lead to amputation.
Once the ring is removed, take steps to care for your hand, such as soaking it in cold water and applying an ice pack to reduce swelling.
If you need to reshape or resize a ring, take it to the jeweler for assistance. Remember to prioritize safety when wearing rings.