CARE & MAINTENANCE : Jewellery
Maintenance: Wipe gently with a polishing cloth that is soft and clean. Do not soak in water. Avoid contact with soaps, moisturisers, detergents, perfume or hair spray.
Clean: Clean your jewellery with a mild soap and water solution, allowing the water to bead up, and then patting dry with a soft cloth. For more stubborn dirt, use a cleaner designed for silver use.
Store your silver pieces individually, in a cool, dry place, preferably in a tarnish-preventive bag or wrapped in a soft piece of felt or cloth. Most Priest London designers provide a dust cloth with each order.
Don’t wear sterling silver in chlorinated water or when working with household chemicals.
CARE & MAINTENANCE : Leather
Good leather actually gets better with age and regular use.
Care: With time, all products made from natural leather, ages and loses its moisture and oils. This causes the leather to dry and fibres to stretch. However, with proper care, it can stand the test of time.
Handle your leather bags with clean hands: Leather bags are susceptible to absorbing grease and oils. Wipe the surface of a leather tote with a damp white cotton cloth, but be careful not to use too much water, because leather takes time to dry.
Apply a cleaner designed for leather care. Apply this “soft soap” in a circular motion and wipe off with a slightly damp cloth so as not to clog the pores of the fabric. Applying this soap one or two times a year should keep your leather bag clean.
Moisturise your bag with a leather conditioner // do not use a conditioner on patent leather bags
Never use products that contain Lanolin – often found in baby wipes.
If you are applying a waterproofing product then it’s strongly recommended that you first apply a care product to help lock in moisture and to keep the fibres of the skin supple before making it waterproof. Only apply the waterproof to areas that will be exposed to moisture.
Clean stains as soon as you notice them. Organic stains from food or blood can often be removed with chalk powder. Crush white chalk, let it sit on the stain overnight and dust it off with a clean cloth.
- Leather products should be well aired out or stored in a cloth bag.
- Do not enclose leather products in plastic bags for a long period of time
CARE & MAINTENANCE : Clothing
If you're ever unsure, follow the instructions on the care label of your garment.
Separate your white garments from your colours and make sure you don’t mix different fabric types to ensure your clothes last, don't change colour or size. If you need to wash a delicate item, the best option is to wash it by hand, making sure to rinse thoroughly and air dry, which is also safer for the environment.
Here's a care guide for all fabrics used here at Priest London
Linen: Linen needs to be washed in low temperatures, on a gentle machine cycle and with a mild detergent to protect the fibres. On your machine, chose a program with a long soak, a short wash, a rinse and a short spin.
You can machine dry your linens, only sticking to low temperatures; remove them when still slightly damp to avoid the linen becoming stiff, then let it air dry to finish. If you need to iron, iron while damp, using a medium-hot iron on the steam setting.
Cotton: If the cotton garment is worn close to the body (such as underwear, socks and even towels), you should wash these items in hot water to remove bacteria. For any other cotton garments, warm or cold water is the best washing temperature to prevent shrinkage and stretching, particularly with organic cotton. Cooler water temperatures will also help prevent fading in bright or darker colours. Let the piece air dry to finish.
Tencel: Tencel is a very delicate fabric, therefore it’s best to wash it by hand with a gentle detergent. If washed in a machine, it’s important to use a gentle cycle and cold water, then let air dry to finish.
To iron, use a warm iron only, as too much direct heat may scorch the fabric. Tencel garments are generally wrinkle resistant, so they’re very easy to store.
Silk: An incredibly delicate material, so be sure not to use harsh detergents. It is best to hand wash, but if washing in a machine, make sure to use a gentle and a short spin cycle. Do not wring it out, but let them air dry instead.
To iron silk without damaging it, it’s crucial to use the lowest heat setting on your iron.
Bamboo: When washing, use a gentle wash cycle, cold water and a good detergent so the fabric maintains its suppleness. Sweaters and knitted accessories made from bamboo fibres should be hand washed to prevent stretching. Then air dry to finish. High temperatures in a dryer can shrink bamboo clothing, however if quicker drying is needed, make sure to use the low heat cycle of the dryer and remove the item while still slightly damp.
As for ironing, keep it cool. Extremely high temperatures can scorch bamboo fibres, therefore use a dry iron (no steam) at a low setting, if necessary.
Viscose: Viscose clothing usually tends to be dry clean only because it has a low wet strength which can cause it to shrink or stretch if it becomes wet, so hand wash is preferred. However, some items can be washed in temperatures of up to 40° C. Do not tumble dry.
Wool: Given that wool is a delicate fibre which is very absorbent, it can be prone to shrinking, misshaping or a change consistency if treated too roughly when washed. Turn the garment inside out before washing, using cold water. To avoid shrinking, do not tumble dry.
Because wool is a natural, self-regulating fibre, it also does not actually need to be cleaned as frequently as other clothes. Wool is a natural fabric that requires mild ironing. Choosing a too-hot-temperature setting could lead to discoloration and scorch marks!
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