Caring for your shoes, bags & accessories

All things we love deserve a bit of TLC (tender loving care!) including our shoes, handbags, hats and watches!

Here are some tips and tricks in how to make sure your shoes and bags love you as much as you love them.

Use a water protector

How to clean smooth leather

How to look after suede or nubuck

How to clean patent shoes or bags

How to keep leather supple

Looking after long boots

Use dustbags for bags

How to look after your bags

How to clean satin bags

How to clean PU shoes and bags

How to store shoes

What is specchio

How to look after jewellery

How to look after hats

How to travel with Helen Kaminski hats

How to look after watches

How to look DUCKFEET shoes

How to look after your Beautifeel Shoes

How to look after shoe clips

Use a water protector

Spray new shoes and handbags with a water protector. This will protect them against dirt and moisture. We recommend Collonil's Waterstop, applied 2-3 times from a distance of about 20cm before use. Just give them a nice light spray, without wetting, and allowing it to dry in between.

As the waterproofing efficiency wears off with use, you should keep up the waterproofing on a regular basis.

Collonil's Waterstop is a great product for smooth leather, suede, nubuck, and high tech materials and textiles (such as silk and satin).

 

How to clean smooth leather

Remove dirt by cleanng with a leather cleaner made specifically for smooth leathers. We recommend Collonil's Shampoo which cleans all materials.

 

Once dry, reapply Collonil's Waterstop

Be very aware of cleaning stains as certain leathers like vachetta will absorb the goods you are using to get rid of stains and create a whole new stain.

Always test on an inconspicuous part of the goods before tackling a large stain. Only use products designed for the material of your goods.

 

How to look after suede or nubuck

Waterproof your suede or nubuck with a water protector such as Collonil's Waterstop, following the directions on the can.

Always test on an inconspicuous part of the goods before tackling a large stain. Only use products designed for the material of your goods.

Suede erasers or cleaning blocks can used to remove deeply embedded dirt.

After cleaning, use a suede brush. These brushes normally have two sides - one is a rubbery side and the other side has fine copper bristles, and they are designed to be used with a light touch, in order to restore the natural.

 

How to clean patent shoes and bags

Patent is a treated leather with a high gloss finish. Never store patent touching patent. In shoes, ensure the shoes are either kept in their box separated from each other with packaging.

Worth trying on patent is eucalyptus oil. Always test on an inconspicuous part of the goods before tackling a large mark.

Put some eucalyptus oil on a soft lint free cloth and gently rub over the scuff until it disappears.

 

Keep leather goods supple

Leather is a natural product, and to keep it supple it is advisable to use a leather care product from time to time. Consider a product like Leather Dew for all non-suede leathers. LeatherDew is a special blend of oils and waxes to clean, soften and protect leather.

 

Use a shaper in your long boots

If you have long boots where the length of the boot flops down, consider stuffing the boots with a Booty Shaper or the like to ensure the stand upright. This will protect the leather from creasing.

 

Store bags in their dustbags

Keep your handbags in their protective dustbags when not in use. If you do not have a dustbag, ensure that patent is not sitting next to patent, as colour may rub off.

Keep your bag away from storage in direct sunlight, and do not allow it to come in contact with alcohol or solvents.

 

Look after your bag when in use

 

How to clean satin bags

Always protect your satin bags before use. We recommend Collonil's Waterstop, applied 2-3 times from a distance of about 20cm before use. Just give them a nice light spray, without wetting, and allowing it to dry in between.

Be aware of keeping the trim, or decoration of the bag free from a protector. The best way to do this is to use cling wrap or masking tape over the detailing before spraying.

Stained delicate fabrics might be best taken to a specialist drycleaner. Also consider Collonil's Shampoo which cleans all materials.

It is best on a satin/silk bag to not spot clean, but to all over clean in order to avoid water marks.

 

How to clean PU shoes and bags

Wipe the surface clean with a damp (not wet) cloth. Never use household cleaners on PU as they are often abrasive and can cause colour loss and remove the surface on PU or PVC.

For conspicuous marks always remember to patch test on a non-visible part of the bag:

spray hairspray on the mark and then wipe off with a soft cloth. Some inks can be removed using a white eraser straight away. Chux magic eraser can also work well on dark colours

lipstick: vegetable oil may work well

 

How to store shoes in shoe boxes

You should top to tail your shoes in their box, separate each from the other with the tissue paper provided by the manufacturer. Ensure the heels are facing out.

If the manufacturer provided plastic for the shoes, sheath them in these, but only if you still have the silica gel that absorbs moisture to put inside. If you do not have the silica gel, you may find that your shoes sweat in the bag and become damaged.

Material bags are best for storage in a box.

If there are still plastic sticks inside the shoes, remove these from the shoes gently and dispose of. If left in the boxes these can scratch your shoes.

Most fashion shoes these days come with extra heel tips. Ensure your shoes do not sit on these in the box as they may damage the finish.

 

What specchio is, and how to look after it

Specchio (SPECK-ee-oh) is the Italian word for mirror. In shoes this refers to a mirror like finish to leather that is both reflective and metallic. It is truly a gorgeous finish, and like all delicate materials, needs special attention.

Store your specchio finished shoes in their box, separated by the tissue paper provided by the manufacturer. Always top to tail your shoes in the box, heels facing out. If the manufacturer provided plastic for the shoes, sheath them in these, but only if you still have the silica gel that absorbs moisture to put inside.

Material bags are best for storage in a box.

 

How to look after jewellery
How to look after swimwear
  • Hand wash swimwear within a couple of hours of wearing them.  Use non-harsh detergents, and cold water
  • Do not tumble dry your swimwear.  Dry them on the line in the shade, not in full sun
  • Do not keep your bathers scrunched up in a wet towel
  • Sun tan oils can damage swimwear, as do self-tanners.  Try and keep this type of product off your swimwear
  • Chlorine and salt water can fade materials.  Rinse bathers as soon as possible after entering such environments
  • Use the beach showers at the beach to rinse the salt off, if at the beach
  • Whirlpools and hot tubs are not friends of your bathers !
  • Sitting on rough surfaces - like the aggregate surrounding a pool room - will result in snags and damage to your bathers.  Be attentive!
  • Leave the piece of jewellery on a towel for an extended period of time to ensure it is completely dry

How to look after Hats
  • Make sure you have clean hands when you touch your hat
  • Always use two hands to pick up the hat by its brim either front and back or side and side
  • Never pick up the hat by its crown
  • Store your hat in a cool dry place, out of direct sunlight
  • Preferably put your hats in hard hat box to keep dust etc off the hat
  • Store in hat boxes with lots of acid free white tissue paper to buffer it - if the hat has a solid crown, store crown side down

How to Travel with Helen Kaminski Hats

ROLLING YOUR FUR FELT HAT

Fold the hat alolng the centre from front to back (Figure 1)
Starting at the front of the hat gently roll towards the back (Figure2)
Helen Kaminski How To Roll a Felt Hat

ROLLING YOUR RAFIA BRAID VISOR

Selected visors can be rolled for travel - recommended for short term travel and not long term storage
Place the visor with the back opening facing towards you. Untie the ribbons and position so they extend above the top of the visor. The elastic band should also be pulled up so that it is positioned above the top of the visor (Figure 1 and 1a)
Roll the visor in towards the centre, keeping the ribbon and elastic above the top of the visor (Figure 2)
Wrap the ribbons around visor (Figure 3) with elastic band over the top (Figure 3a)
Secure the visor by tying a bow or a knot (Figure 4)
Helen Kaminski How To Roll A Visor

ROLLING YOUR RAFIA CROCHET HAT

Rafia crochet hats can be rolled for easy packing and transport by using the following method:
Untie raffia string and lay hat flat with the crown tucked into itself (Figures 1 and 2)
Roll edge of hat towards the centre, starting with the right side (Figure 3)
Roll left side on top of the right creating a somewhat conical shape (Figure 4)
Wrap ends of raffia string around hat and tie to secure (Figure 5)
Helen Kaminski How To Roll Raffia Crochet Hat

How to look after Watches
  • Always put your watch on last.
  • Do not spray perfume directly on your watch.
  • Do not spray perfume on your wrist in the place where your watch sits
  • Do not spray hairspray while wearing your watch
  • Wipe over with a soft cloth after each use
  • Store in the GUESS watch box provided
  • Non water proof straps should not be submerged in water.
  • If you have a rubber or soft plastic strap you can shorten it by cutting off the excess from the long end of the strap with a sharp pair of scissors
  • Do not expose straps to gases or chemicals (eg perfume/fragrance, detergents, insecticides etc)
  • Stains from dye, paints and oily substances may be difficult to remove - avoid!
  • Due to the composition of various materials used in watch straps, straps may harden or discolour after extensive use
  • Water resustance is not permanent. Over the course of time, the gaskets of the case may become worn and redue the water resistance of the watch
  • Watches with no water resistant markings are splashproof and are not suitable for swimming
  • Always rinse a watch that is water resistant with fresh water after exposure to salt water and wipe to dry immediately

How to look after Duckfeet
Care:
Duckfeet recommend applying a thin layer of leather conditioner or shoe cream at regular intervals. We suggest using Collonil Ultra Cream or LeatherDew. Don't use too much at one time, better a little less and more often. Let the shoe cream sit a few minutes and polish afterwards with a soft cloth. Use a shoehorn when you put on your shoes - they are easier to get on and the back will not be destroyed. Untie or unzip the shoes or boots completely when you remove them - so they are easier to pull off.
Moisture:
Store your shoes in a dry and airy place. If your shoes become wet, fill them with crumpled newspaper and let them air-dry. When they are completely dried, you can again apply leather conditioner or shoe cream. Leather shoes should not be dried on a radiator or heater - the leather becomse dried out and porous. If the leather gets water stains, take a cloth and make the whoe shoe slightly damp. Treat the leather afterwards as described above. It is best to change your shoes daily. Give your shoes a day's rest, so they can release the foot's moiture and dry thoroughly.
Dirt:
If the shoes get dirty, clean them with a damp cloth. Let the shoes dry thoroughly and treat the leather again with shoe cream or leather conditioner. Be attentive to edges and seams, which should also be treated to maintain the leather and protect your shoes against water. Crepe rubber soles can become hard at low temperatures, but this can be avoided by storing the shoes indoors. If the soles become hard, you can place the shoes on a warm radiator / heater until the crepe rubber is soft again. Avoid contact with solvents. The rubber cannot tolerate it and can dissolve.

How to look your Beautifeel Shoes

Through the rigorous  selection of the finest Italian leathers and the highest quality materials, Beautifeel aim to ensure tha their shoes meet with elegance, comfort and quality for which they are renowned.

To enjoy wearring their SUEDE leather shoes for a longer time:

  • preserve the velvety texture of the leather by gently rubbing with a soft brush.
  • if the shoes have been in contact with water it is important to let them dry on the shoetrees naturally before cleaning them
  • Beautifeel advise to avoid contact with any product containing alcohol, grease etc.
  • always spray your suede shoes before first wear and therafter on a regular basis with a high quality Suede spray such as Collonil to avoid water damage and stains

To enjoy wearing their PATENT leather shoes for a longer time:

  • clean the patent leather with a soft dampened light coloured cloth and then dry with a clean cloth
  • to avoid colour transfer please do not put your patent leather shoes in prolonged contact with other leathers
  • avoid contact with any product containing alcohol, grease etc
  • nourish the patent leather with a high quality Patent Mousse on a regular basis such as the Collonil Lack Mousse

To enjoy wearing their SMOOTH LEATHER shoes for a longer time:

  • clean the smooth leather with a soft dampened light coloured cloth
  • once it is dry polish it in circular strokes with a high quality colourless cream such as Collonil Ultra Cream and a soft light coloured cloth
  • avoid contact with any product containing alcohol, grease etc

How to look after Shoe Clips

EMBELLISHED SHOE CLIPS  have been lovingly crafted using mixed metals, beads, semi precious stones, chain and other embellishments. You will sometimes notice inconsistencies in the colour, size and pattern of the beads which is the intention of the manufacturer.

Most jewellery components are put together by hand. Please take care when wearing, as these beautiful pieces are very delicate. If they are dropped, stones may fall out, embellishments may break which is not the responsibility of the manufacturer for any breakages that occur through rough handling.

Please store your embelished clips in the shoe clip box when they are not being worn.

LEATHER SHOE CLIPS  Leather is a natural material and therefore inconsistency of colour and texture is a unique characteristic. Leather is designed to age with wear, and may fade and soften over time. Light colour leather is pronce to absorbing other dye it comes into contact with, so please take care when wearing items like denim with a light coloured clip.


Care Tips - to keep your leather shoe clips looking their best, please follow the steps below.

1. Protection
All leather should be protected before wearing. A good leather and fabric protector such as Collonil Waterstop Spray. This protector should be applied regularly to help resist the effects of daily soiling. Remember to cover embellishments such as metal and beading when spraying the protector. Spraying with the protector will help to prevent light colour leathers absorbing unstable dye such as denim, but this is not guaranteed by Shoe Bling™.

2. Storing
We recommend storing your leather items in the Shoe Bling™ box when not in use. Never store any leather items in plastic as they cannot breathe and always store them in a cool, dry place away from heat.