Taking Care of Your All Natural Rubber Lid

What is this stuff?

You may notice a white powdery "bloom" on your CannedGood rubber lid from time to time. This is because our lid is made from a natural rubber and in certain conditions, insoluble particles may rise to the surface as an act of self preservation from the rubber. This is a common process, characteristic of high quality, natural rubber and nothing to worry about. It will not affect the performance or durability of your lid.

  

 How can I “clean up” my lid?

A pristine finish and shine can be easily restored by following these quick steps:

  1. Wash off any soap build up or debris that may have accumulated on the outside of the pump and dry the lid.
  2. Take a small amount of olive oil on a soft cloth and buff it into the clean rubber part of the lid to remove the blooming. Use a small amount of oil so you don’t make the lid too oily.
  3. Continue wiping down the lid with the microfiber cloth until the lid is dry of oil.

Instead of olive oil, you can also use coconut oil or tire cleaning products like Armor All spray or wipes.

  

Why do we use natural rubber?

Natural rubber is derived from the “rubber tree”, or Hevea brasiliensis.

When the tree reaches maturity, at the age of about six or seven years, an incision is made in the trunk of the tree. It’s a very similar process to a maple tree being tapped for its sap and just like tapping a maple tree, the tapping process of a rubber tree doesn’t harm the tree, and it will repair the wound within a few years.

The properties of rubber include high strength and the capability to be stretched many times without breaking. Natural rubber compounds are exceptionally flexible, good electrical insulators, and are resistant to many corrosive substances. 

Synthetic rubber is made from petroleum-based chemicals.

Synthetic (man-made) rubber can be produced through a chemical process, but people have not been able to produce a synthetic rubber that has all the properties of natural rubber.

Generally companies can make synthetic rubber cheaper than natural rubber products.  However, the materials are made from a host of chemicals. For starters, polyurethane foam and synthetic rubber are made from oil byproducts. Ingredients include two chemical categories that are listed as Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAPs) and have been found to cause health conditions – VOCs and solvents.

 

Do you have other questions for us about your CannedGood product? Drop us a note: hello@cannedgoodsoap.com  

 

Sources:

http://www.industrialrubbergoods.com/natural-rubber.html

https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/education/whatischemistry/landmarks/syntheticrubber.html#history-natural-rubber%C2%A0

https://science.howstuffworks.com/rubber1.htm

 

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