MATERIALS & CARE
MATERIALS & CARE
In order for your PIPOL' S BAZAAR items to be long-lasting and ageing with beauty you need to follow the instructions on how to care for them in the best possible way.
Leather items are one of the most beautiful items you can possess as they get even more beautiful with age. But as it is a natural material it also needs some special attention. Proper care prevents the leather from drying out and cracking, and it protects it from excessive moisture that can cause the skin to swell or mildew. On our leather handling section you will find how to treat your leather product the best possible way.
Just as leather, jewelry needs to be properly handled and cared for in order for it to age beautifully. Depending on the material this care differs and it is important to understand the specific treatment for your particular item. Look into our section on jewelry treatment advice here below.
Care for Leather
As with any treatment it is initially important to first test the treatment or product you might use on your leather good on a small area before tackling a larger area. Equally you must only use products designed specifically for the material of your bag (suede, nubuck, smooth leather, etc.). Cleaners are found at specialized retailers such as leather wear sections in well assorted retailer stores, or at your local shoe maker store. Make sure to show them your bag so that you get the cleaner most appropriate for it.
Leather bags are susceptible to absorbing grease and oils. A gentle wipe of the surface of a leather bag can be done with a damp white cotton cloth, but be careful not to use too much water as the leather takes time to dry. This can be the simplest and fastest way to get your leather bag clean and refreshened.
After some time of usage your leather good can use a refreshening treatment - and even more elegant looking after a bit of wear – and you thus need a special leather cleaner. The cleaner is applied using a circular motion and wiped off with a slightly damp cloth so as not to clog the pores of the fabric. Applying this one or two times a year keep your leather handbag clean.
For Suede items you need to take special initial care and your local leather store will have products specialized for suede. After a bit of wear it is however necessary to revitalize your bag again, or it might have gotten stains that needs to be taken care of. For heavy stains on suede, use a suede cleaning block (also called a suede eraser). These products will crumble as you rub them across the surface of the suede leather, and are great for removing even deeply embedded dirt. After cleaning, the nap of your suede can be restored by using a suede brush. The bristles of suede brushes are usually made from brass, and often you can find both the cleaning block and the brush in one kit.
Care for Jewelry
For tips on how to treat your jewelry from PIPOL'S BAZAAR in the best of ways you first need to know what material your jewelry consists of. Jewelry from us can be either real 925 sterling silver, genuine brass, silver and gold plated metal and stone or wood.
As a general advice on care for your jewelry it is important for it to be taken off during washing, showering and swimming. All materials in jewelry tarnish so in order for it to last longer this is the overall best you can do to prevent it from ageing. Having said that, real silver and brass jewelry can be re-polished and turn into the way they originally looked by using a polisher on a soft cloth. Follow the instructions on your polisher that you can find in well-assorted stores.
For plated jewelry - also called costume jewelry - it is however a different story. Cleaning instructions for costume jewelry mostly consists of understanding what you cannot use to clean it: Avoid using alcohols or acids and do not use soap and water to clean costume jewelry as it leaves a residue on the metal. There are cleaners specially made for costume jewelry which can be used to take away spots and bad colorings, but make sure not to mix this up with a silver cleaner as it will tarnish your jewelry instead of cleaning it.
Our plated jewelry are mostly oxidized which means they are treated with a blackish wear-and-tear finish giving them a more antique look. This treatment is also making the look of your jewelry to last longer as the aging process is similar to the oxidization. All platings rub-off over time but in order to prevent the tarnish it is important to follow the rules of letting your jewelry be the first thing you take off - and the last thing you put on in order to avoide make-up, perfume and sprays effecting them as much as possible. How much your plated jewelry tarnich is also very individual and relates to your own body and skin type.