Rubber bracelets are everywhere. Whether for promotion of causes or events, fundraising for charities, medical identification purposes or simply for fashion, almost everyone has a rubber bracelet. Just like any other accessory, they must be taken care of to maintain their quality. Although these bracelets are very sturdy, it is still important to know how to properly take care of them. If not properly taken care of, there is a tendency for such bracelets to lose their color and design. In some extreme cases, they may even get distorted. Mentioned here are some pointers on how to effectively keep your rubber bracelets in proper shape.
Like any other material, frequent usage will cause them to easily wear out. Try to avoid wearing the bracelets too often. Use them alternatingly with other designs and colors, if possible. This allows the bracelet to “rest” from constant exposure to outside elements such as sunlight and water. Wearing them to bed may not seem like a good idea either. Oblivious of what movements one might make while sleeping, it is safer to remove the bracelets prior to sleeping. The edges of the rubber bracelet may be prone to deterioration due to unnecessary stretching when movements are not controlled.
Proper storage of these bracelets is also important to maintain its quality. Keeping them in clean containers like boxes, jars or kitchen plastic storage containers is a good way to preserve their mint condition. It is not advisable to store them together with other accessories such as necklaces, bracelets, rings, earrings or any other adornments made from metal. The surface of the bracelet may be scratched and damaged when put together with these hard objects. If it is possible to store the bracelets in individual vessels, one may do so. If not, one may store them together with other rubber bracelets as long as they aren’t too cramped up in the container.
Cleaning these bracelets is also important. When dirt and grime stain the bracelet, it is better to clean it immediately rather than later as it is more difficult to get the stain off once it dries off. To clean the bracelet, clean and cool water is needed. Do not use hot water to clean rubber bracelets as this will cause the bracelet to shrivel and possibly cause it to deform. Other cleaning materials needed when washing include a soft bristled brush, a clean cloth, a rubbing agent and some mild soap or detergent. Refrain from washing the bracelets too frequently because this may cause the bracelet to lose its color. Using bleach on the bracelet will also have the same effect.
In order to take off stains or dirt from the bracelet, the first step is to dip it in clean water. Running it with cool water from a faucet or tap may also be done. Then, using a sponge or any soft-bristled brush, lather with soap and gently clean the surface until the stain is no longer visible. One can use a rubbing agent as a substitute for soap. After the bracelet has been cleaned thoroughly, rinse it with water and properly dry with a clean towel. Do not attempt to use a blower or any device that gives off heat when trying to dry the bracelet. Also refrain from putting it directly under sunlight as this may cause the bracelet to crumble and become brittle. Keep in mind that rubber and heat do not go well together.
Proper care of one’s rubber bracelets may drastically extend their durability. One can enjoy wearing them for a longer time, even for years, if they are properly taken care of.