As you probably already know, silicone rings are flexible (also see our range of silicone rings), can withstand a range of temperatures, are waterproof, do not conduct heat or electricity, and will break before your finger does. Although silicone resembles both rubber and plastic, it is not indestructible, and there are steps you can take to prevent damage to your ring.
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Scenarios and occurrences you should try to prevent
Those who work in the fire service, in the military, in the field of volcanology, or who enjoy camping should keep in mind that fire and very high temperatures can harm almost anything. Despite this, silicone rings are highly heat resistant and will endure cold temperatures longer than the hand they are worn on.
Even though it will start to harden and lose its elasticity, making it more brittle, your ring will withstand temperatures of up to 140 degrees Celsius if it falls into a firepit. Just put out the fire or return after it has been put out.
Since silicone rings can typically withstand 15-20 pounds of pressure before breaking, actions like closing a door on your finger or swinging an errant hammer should be avoided. We do not advise cliff diving or falling off cliffs because the force of the impact will probably break the ring.
Another danger to avoid if you want to keep your ring in good shape is sustained pressure. For instance, avoid dangerous animals in the wilderness. If you jam your finger between the gnashing teeth of a wild animal, such as a bear, it will probably save your finger at first.
It’s probably best to find a stick, rock, or, if possible, a piece of metal to jam between ferocious jaws in such a situation rather than forcing your silicone ring in there to stop the crunch because if the pressure is too great, the silicone ring will break, leaving your finger exposed for the next chomp.
If you’re a scientist, you should avoid placing your hand in a laser’s path because some lasers can cut through the silicone. In fact, CO2 lasers and UV lasers are used to engrave silicone rings.
Think Mars Attacks when an alien invasion occurs! To defend yourself from a ray gun, avoid putting your hand in front of your face. Whether a phaser is on stun or kill, your ring probably won’t be able to stop one.
Using your ring to stop a clamping jaw as the undead tries to turn you into a trail snack would be crucial in this situation, similar to an animal attack.
Fortunately, the pressure exerted by the human jaw per pound is significantly lower than that of a bear or shark, so if you can perfectly wedge the ring between the teeth, it should hold and prevent the full bite. Hopefully, you won’t ever have a zombie come that close to you that it would be necessary to put your ring to such a test.
The good news is that, in the COVID era, the frequent use of hand sanitizers and soaps containing a variety of ingredients won’t harm your silicone ring. Since isopropyl alcohol makes up the majority of hand sanitizers, your silicone ring won’t be damaged or melted in any way.
The only thing that any ingredient in hand soap will do for your rings is clean them. Your ring won’t be harmed if you soak it in boiling water or put it through the dishwasher to clean it because silicone is waterproof and has a high-temperature threshold (over 500 degrees Fahrenheit).
People who are physically active, such as those in the military, fire departments, mechanics, electricians, and outdoor enthusiasts, may be concerned about how liquids or solvents will affect their rings.
Fuel, oil, accelerants, WD-40, and other solvents won’t be able to easily penetrate silicone and dissolve your ring because it is a non-porous material. However, since silicone allows molecules to attach to it, these same solvents will remain on the surface for some time unless they are removed.
If these adherents are not removed, they will not only cause chemical degradation and silicone breakdown over time, giving your ring its smell. Your ring will stop being flexible and start to become excessively floppy, gooey, and soft. Therefore, be sure to clean your ring after any contact if you work frequently or daily with these chemicals.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does wearing a silicone ring stop ring avulsions?
Wearing a silicone ring may help prevent ring avulsion, according to some research. Over the past few years, silicone rings and wedding bands have grown in popularity. Experts are still researching this trend because it is so recent.
Metal rings are more likely to tear or break than silicone rings. This implies that a silicone ring should snap before your finger is pulled firmly enough to cause damage.
Will a ring avulsion require me to miss work or school?
While you’re recovering, you’ll probably need to miss some days at work or school. After a ring avulsion, discuss with your surgeon or medical professional when you can start working out again.
What is the lifespan of the silicone ring?
Rings made of silicone are strong enough. They can last at least as long as your marriage if you take good care of them. Because they were expertly created and constructed from premium medical-grade silicone, they can sustain significant damage without changing in any way.
If well taken care of, no matter the weather, silicone rings won’t stretch, shrink, fade, or change over time because they are heat, cold, and UV resistant.