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Sandalwood beads are a special type of bead that are commonly used in Tibet. These beads can normally be seen being incorporated into Tibetan Buddhist prayers. The beads are normally threaded into a rosary style strand that is passed directly through the fingers of the Buddhist individual, while they are uttering various mantra prayers. You can buy these beads on beadsbarn.
The larger bead that appears along the center portion of the rosary styled necklaces is made to represent Mount Meru. Mount Meru is a place that is frequently used as a Buddhist pilgrimage. Since the beads are actively used during prayers, they do tend to get dirty. The sandalwood beads will need to be cleaned in order to maintain their gorgeous luster.
When cleaning the sandalwood beads you will need a soft rag, some wood furniture cleaner, and some sandalwood oil. The beads have to be cleaned in a certain manner, or you could end up destroying them, making them inappropriate to use for your prayers.
1. Start off by wiping the beads off with a soft dry rag.
2. Spray the wood cleaner directly onto the beads, and gently massage the cleaner into each bead with the same soft dry rag that you used to wipe the beads off with previously.
3. Allow the beads to air dry on their own, after the wood cleaner has been applied to their outer surface.
4. Dip a paintbrush into a canister of sandalwood oil. Take the dipped paintbrush and rub the oil over each bead, making sure that you did not miss any of the beads in the process. Allow the sandalwood oil to dry on each bead that it has been coated onto.
It is important that you never use water when cleaning your sandalwood beads. Because the beads are made from wood, water can seep into the cracks that appear on the beads, distorting them and ruining them.