Caring for Your Bracelet
Since individuals tend to wear these bracelets full-time because of their meaning, they can present cleaning challenges. With the differences in materials used, proper cleaning remains essential, as each of these materials can become soiled as you wear your bracelet on a daily basis. Although we know you love your quality Element, we encourage you to let it rest every now and again to prevent unnecessary wear and tear.
Whether you own a gemstone bracelet or a Shambala-style piece, properly caring for it can help extend its useful lifespan. Cleaning is an important part of care, but you must also consider how to prevent wear and tear.
Preventing Wear and Tear
You can keep your bracelet in good condition longer and it should require less maintenance if you exercise some precautions when you wear it. For instance, do not wear your bracelet in the swimming pool or hot tub, because the chemicals can cause damage. Additionally, remove the bracelet when you clean the house, because cleansers can also damage the bracelet.
Keeping the Bracelet Clean
The bracelet should require less cleaning if you exercise several precautions. To keep sweat and dirt from soiling the cord and dulling the beads, remove the bracelet when you work out or engage in vigorous activities, such as jogging, hiking, or rock climbing. You should also remove the bracelet while you sleep, as well, while using care when applying hand or body lotion, perfume, and other cosmetics that can stain the cord or beads. It is best to remove the bracelet when you perform these functions, as well as when you shower or bathe.
Cleaning a Shambala Bracelet
Even with the above precautions, your Shambala bracelet can become dirty over time. Skin oils, dust, and dirt in the environment can dull the beads and cause the cord to get dirty, and how you clean the bracelet depends on the materials it contains. You should clean the cord first, and then gently clean the beads, making sure to clean it a few times per week.
Chinese Knotting Cord
Your Shambala bracelet uses this type of cord. You can wipe it clean with a damp, soft cloth. Make sure to wipe both the inside and outside of the bracelet, and allow it to dry completely before wearing it again.
Since gemstones contain different properties, the safest way to clean them is to wipe them with an untreated cloth a few times per week, as using soap, steam, water, or other materials may damage certain types of gemstones.
Wood beads can grow dull if cleaned improperly. The best way to clean them is with a soft cloth and a little olive oil, dabbing at the beads with a cloth dipped in olive oil and being careful to not get the oil on the cord.