Can I Wear Leather Bracelets in the Shower? You might ask. Leather bracelets have a feel of their own, and they work well on the wearer’s hand, whether they are dressing up or down. That said there are things to know about wearing leather, most of all, being, what happens when it gets wet.
Let’s dive in
Can you take a shower with a leather bracelet on?
You should not get your leather bracelet wet because that strips the oils for the surface of the leather.
When that happens, the leather stiffens, and when it dries, it cracks. The same applies when swimming with a leather bracelet. Therefore, before coming into contact with water, you want to take off your leather bracelet. That way, it remains looking newer for longer.
The other reason not to get the leather wet, even with sweat, it is because it ends up making the leather soft. When you wear it or stretch it when in that state, it is likely to wear and tear. As you continue to expose it to moisture, it will eventually disintegrate and snap when you wear it. Also, if you don’t take off your bracelet when engaging in water or sweaty activities, it ends up getting a bad smell, which is something you don’t want.
When your bracelet gets dirty, clean it with a damp cloth. You don’t want to apply to much force as you might end up scratching the leather. The dirt on it can also end up leaving marks on the bracelet. Once you’re done, let the bracelet air dry in a cool area.
Don’t put it in the sun as direct sunlight can cause it to dry up and crack too. Even when storing it, leave it in a cool place. You want to be mindful of the heat that you’re exposing your leather bracelet. Going into a Jacuzzi or a sauna with it is not a good idea.
Even when cleaning, use distilled water. Do not add soap or detergents on the cloth. If you do, it will strip the leather of the oils it has, leaving it to dry and crack on the surface. Overall, you don’t need anything strong to clean a leather bracelet; a cloth dampened with water is enough. However, should the need arise because of extreme dirt then opt for a mild detergent or a mild leather cleaner.
Can I wear rope bracelets in the shower?
If you can help it, it is best to take off your rope bracelets in the shower. The issue with keeping it on is that the chemicals from the products you use wear down the rope and causes it to look old. The strings also tend to stiffen and lose their flexible nature. The other reality is that rope bracelet picks up dirt more and need to get washed.
When you do that, use a mild soap or detergent to clean it. Make sure that you rinse it thoroughly to remove any residue soap. If you don’t, the rope will stiffen. After, don’t leave it to dry on your hand. Instead, let it air dry in a cool place.
Can I shower with a friendship bracelet?
Most people leave their friendship bracelets made of string on. They do get scruffy after a while, but it adds character to the string. Friendships bracelets, after all, are meant to be on you at all times.
Equally, the longer you wear it, the harder it is to remove because water ends up making the knot almost impossible to undo.
The other thing to be aware of is that some strings tend to bleed when wet. You might end up distorting the different colors, or the bleeding strings might fade in color.
How long do leather bracelets last?
How long your leather bracelet lasts depends on how you wear it. You also get your leather to last longer when you keep it away from water, dust, and salt. Even when it is raining, remember to take off the bracelet.
To last long, you ought to treat your leather bracelet as you would precious jewelry. You don’t want to expose it to elements that will bring it wear and tear.
The good thing about leather is that it looks good both when it is new and old. You can then wear it for years without having to look for a replacement. That is good news, especially if it means something significant to you.
So, even though it gets a few scratches on the surface, which is expected, it won’t ruin the overall look the leather has. If anything, it gives it character and shows people that you have a story to tell.
How to waterproof leather bracelet?
You can’t entirely waterproof leather, but you can create a protective layer that adds a level of protection when the leather comes into contact with water.
One of the ways that you can preserve your leather bracelet is by spraying a leather protector. There are spray protectants that you can purchase or other waterproofing products designed for leather only.
The other way you can waterproof leather is by using beeswax cream. It is quite useful when it comes to waterproofing leather. Before you apply any, do a spot test. The reason for that is that some cause a darkening effect, which is not what you’re looking for- unless that’s your intention.
You can make your own solution at home, mixing extra virgin olive oil and beeswax. The beeswax ought to be in liquid form; you can melt it by putting a jar in warm water. After combining the two, you want to stir the combination until it stiffens. That will take between 10 and 20 minutes depending on the quality.
Once the stiffened combination is ready, do a spot test. You can use it a small part of the underside of the bracelet. Buff and let to dry. If you’re satisfied, continue doing the same all over the bracelet. When you do this over time, you are going to have built a protective layer.
Leather bracelets shouldn’t be exposed to water if you want them to last long. However, there are measures you can take to protect the leather from the elements. Thanks for reading. See you guys in the next post.
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