It's common for spinner rings to occasionally become squeaky or hard to spin. Most often cleaning and/or lubricating your ring will quickly solve the problem.
Cleaning Your Ring
You can clean your ring by giving it a bath in warm soapy water.
1. Gather the following items: a bowl or other container of warm water (large enough to submerge your ring and hand in) and mild dish soap like Ajax, Dawn or Ivory.
2. Pour a small amount of dish soap into the warm water.
3. Swirl the water around until you see some bubbles on the surface.
4. Submerge your ring in the water and spin it back and forth a little to try to loosen up any stuck on dirt. If your ring seems especially dirty, let it soak for about 5 minutes then try spinning it again while it is submerged. Once you get it moving, spin it in both directions a few more times to loosen any remaining dirt.
Spinner Ring Lubrication
Regularly adding some form of lubrication to your spinner ring can keep it spinning quietly and smoothly. If your ring is squeaky or continues to be difficult to spin after cleaning it, try lubricating between the inner and outer bands as shown below.
1. To begin, you will need a suitable lubricant. Customers have reported good success with: commercially available silicone products (industrial, automotive or personal lubricants), graphite (commercially available graphite-based lubricant or ground up pencil lead) and vegetable based oils (especially coconut oil).
Sample lubricants: coconut oil, automotive silicone spray, pencil leads
Because lubricants can stain, it's a good idea to cover your work surface with an old rag or a few layers of paper towel.
2. To apply a liquid silicone product (like personal lubricant) or vegetable oil, simply apply a small amount to your finger and rub it along the inside and outside of the ring where the bands meet.
3. Spin the ring back and forth to work the lubricant between the bands. Once the ring is spinning smoothly and quietly, wipe it off with your paper towel or rag to remove any excess lubricant.
4. To apply an aerosol lubricant (graphite or silicone based), follow the instructions on the product you have selected to apply a small amount of lubricant along both edges of the band. Follow Step 3 above, adding more lubricant if necessary.
5. To use graphite from pencil lead, first grind a small amount of pencil lead into dust (by crushing a replacement stick of lead or shaving it from a pencil tip).
6. Apply the powder along the edges of the bands and continue as explained in step 3 until your ring spins smoothly. Be sure to wash your hands thoroughly when you are finished to remove and residual dust from your fingers.