Keychains are a convenient way to keep track of your keys and an easy way to add some flair to your everyday carry. However, after months or even years of constant use and exposure to the elements, they can start looking pretty shabby. If you're tired of seeing your favorite rubber keychain look worn out and grimy, read on! In this article, I'll share with you four steps that will help restore life to your beloved keychain so it looks better than ever.
Step One: Thorough Washing
To get your keychain started, you'll first want to wash it thoroughly. This is because most of the dirt accumulated on the rubber will come off during this process, so it's best to ensure you're working with a clean surface as you move forward.
First, use a soap that is safe for rubber—one that does not contain petroleum products. Use warm water and a soft brush (like an old toothbrush or makeup brush) to scrub all parts of your keychain well with soap and water until all visible dirt has been removed from the surface of your keychain. It would be best if you also rinsed thoroughly afterward—this will ensure that no residue remains on any part of your item when you go back over it later in this process.
Step Two: Dry The Keychain
Now that your keychain is clean let it air dry! Don't use a hair dryer or microwave to speed up the process. This will only lead to an uneven shine and potentially melt your rubber.
Step Three: Buy Some Silicone Protectant Spray
Buy some silicone protectant spray. You can find this stuff at any hardware store, and it's a great way to keep your rubber keychain looking nice and shiny. Make sure you get the right kind; there are different kinds of silicone protectants, so make sure you're buying a safe product for rubber.
Once you've bought your silicone protectant, please shake it before spraying it on your keychain. Then lightly mist your keychain with the spray (use only as much as necessary). You'll want to be careful not to overdo it, or else you'll end up with wet spots on your keys like those in my picture!
Step Four: Apply The Silicone Protectant
This step is crucial, so don't skip it! To ensure your rubber keychain will last as long as possible, apply the silicone protectant spray. Let it dry completely before you continue. Repeat this process a few times over the next few days to ensure that your rubber keychain protects against UV rays and other environmental factors like dust and water damage.
These steps will make your keychains last longer and look better.
It’s important to clean your keychain because the buildup of dirt and grime can make it look not very interesting. If you don’t take care of your keychain, it will end up looking like this:
But if you clean it regularly and use a silicone spray once in a while (we recommend it every six months), it will shine like a diamond.
It’s easy to forget about the care and maintenance of your keychains, but they need to look their best. Hopefully, these tips have inspired you to keep your keychains in great condition so that they last longer and stand out among all the other boring ones out there!