Rubber bracelets are commonly made of silicone, hence, they are often referred to as silicone bracelets. This type of polymer is water resistant, really strong, and elastic, so you can expect your bracelet to last a number of years. However, with improper care, you can undoubtedly shorten the life of your rubber bracelet. To prevent that, here are some care tips that you have to follow.
Keep Away from Fire
Rubber bracelets are heat resistant, but they are still made of rubber, which is flammable. Therefore, make sure that you do not leave your bracelet near a source of fire, like your cooking stove. If you light a cigarette, see to it that the fire is well away from your wrist or you can hurt yourself when the rubber catches fire.
Dust particles and smudges will eventually deposit on the surface of your rubber bracelet. They are easy to clean, though. Just wash it under running water with a little drop of liquid soap. Do not use an abrasive brush. If the dirt is that hard to remove, find a soft sponge to rub it with then pat it dry. Do not hang the wristband under the sun because that will fade its color. To avoid those hard-to-remove dirt, it is advisable that you clean your rubber bracelets regularly, like once a week, so that they remain looking clean and hygienic as well.
As mentioned, too much exposure to sun can make the color of your bracelet fade; hence, keep it in a cool and dry place. You can buy one of those box organizers that have dividers inside them then lay your wristband flat. Do not fold the rubber bracelet when you store it because that may lead to deformation.
Take It Off Before Sleeping
You may be too lazy to remove your bracelet when you go to sleep but doing so may cause you to lie on it unconsciously while you are sleeping. Again, this may deform your wristband. At least, take it off your wrist and place it on your bedside table.
Avoid Stretching Too Much
Yes, silicone is highly elastic, but if you stretch it way too much repeatedly, it may not be able to go back to its original size and you will have a wristband that is too loose for you to wear anymore. Therefore, avoid using your rubber bracelets to hold your books together. You can only do that when the wristband is already too old and you do not want to wear it anymore. By that time, you can find other uses for it around your home.
Rubber reacts with abrasive chemicals too. Hence, if you plan to scrub your toilet clean, remember to remove your bracelet first. Do not leave it near this type of chemicals either.
Smudges can really make your rubber bracelet look old and dirty. Here is a simple hack that can solve that. Try using your pencil eraser. Just rub it over the smudge and watch it disappear. If you do not have an eraser, your toothpaste can do the trick too.
Take It to the Shower
Here is an easy way to clean your rubber wristband – take it to the shower with you. You can run your shampoo over it and let the lather remove any dirt that may have lodged on the debossed print. Just remember not to scrub it with your loofah or any abrasive sponge.
There you have it, easy ways to keep your bracelets looking clean and new. No one will ever think that your wristband is several months or years old if you know how to care for it. Caring for it is not just for aesthetic purposes, as doing so saves you some money. After all, you won’t be buying a new wristband every now and then.