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I put my Fleurcup on a windowsill in my conservatory to try and bleach some of the stains out, and I put it in a clear plastic box behind the blinds so my cat wouldn't use it as a chew toy. In hindsight, putting it behind the blinds wasn't such a good idea as I promptly forgot it was there, and it remained on the windowsill for the next 2 months (yay irregular cycles!). When I found it today I noticed there was some discolouration at the bottom of the stem and it was a little tacky, both of which have gone away with washing, but there's also a smell there (it doesn't smell like something organic that's gone off, it smells vaguely plastic-y/rubbery) that hasn't gone away. I've had it for less than 2 years. Is it possible the heat/light has degraded the silicone? Do I need to buy a new cup?
 
trejoytrejoy on June 13th, 2013 01:50 pm (UTC)
I'd boil the cup and do an alcohol rinse to see if that restores it. Could be the plastic box you had it in leached in the constant sunlight?
fluffmyflamingofluffmyflamingo on June 13th, 2013 02:33 pm (UTC)
I'm thinking less the sun than the plastic box? I'm sure I've read before that you shouldn't put a cup in a sealed container or did I dream that?!
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teaandcats on June 13th, 2013 09:55 pm (UTC)
I will definitely change how I store my cup then. Thanks for the information!
tjs77tsa on June 13th, 2013 06:53 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't be as worried about the box as I would the effect of the UV rays at least one manufacturer says not to leave the cup in direct sunlight as it will degrade the silicone I have to go try to figure out which one it was though because I can't remember.
m03m on June 13th, 2013 07:46 pm (UTC)
Silicone? Are you sure?

I think Meluna says not to sun their cups, but then those aren't made of silicone.
trejoy: kitty hugtrejoy on June 14th, 2013 01:47 am (UTC)
Yes, it's MeLuna.

Edited at 2013-06-14 01:47 am (UTC)
curlydevacurlydeva on June 13th, 2013 07:00 pm (UTC)
I left my MCUK in a window seal for 1 month to sun the cup but I didn't put it inside anything, just sat on window seal. It did just fine no damage, no smell or stickiness, just a sparkling cup. I would say next time if you sun it don't put it in a sealed container that is not breathable. My cats don't seem to bother my cups, but all cats are different. :)
teaandcats on June 13th, 2013 09:56 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately I know from experience that my cat thinks my cup is her toy. :(
curlydevacurlydeva on June 14th, 2013 12:30 am (UTC)
Gotta love the babies :) LOL
Stefaninastefanina on June 14th, 2013 01:42 am (UTC)
Baking Soda?
If the tackiness washed away, the silicone is probably fine. As for the odor, bury it in a bowl of baking soda for a day or two, that may absorb the smell.