Cleaning and Caring for you Roake products

We’re often asked for advice on cleaning your products. We’ve popped together a simple guide to cleaning, naturally!

Suede and Leather:

It’s a common misconception that suede is a nightmare to care for. Treat it well to start with and your suede pieces will last a lifetime. It’s the same with leather - It just needs some love!

1. Purchase a good quality suede and leather protecter and get those goodies treated before you start using it.

2. Exposure to direct sunlight and heat over prolonged periods can cause colour to fade, so keep your bag or purse in a shady spot when you’re not using it. Try not to expose your product to extreme weather, especially rain. 

3. You can clean your bag by using a lint roller, or on coated leather only, a soft, damp cloth.

4. Use a suede brush to buff your suede back to life. Invest in a good quality one and give your suede and nubuck a good brush every few weeks.

5. If you need to store your product, keep it in a cool, dry place and fill it with stuffing to keep its shape. Dust bags for storage help too!

Brass:

Brass is a beautiful material, and given some TLC, it can last forever. Brass naturally tarnishes in contact with oxygen, so it will need a polish regularly if you wish to keep that golden sheen. Some people love the duller, matt look though, each to their own!

1. Keep your brass accessories looking wonderful, keep them away from water, cleaning products and strong detergents. Spots and droplets will remain unless wiped down and dried immediately.

2. Use a little fresh lemon juice, a teaspoon of baking soda and a scrap of old, soft cloth. Mix the lemon juice and baking soda into a paste and apply in small pea-sized amounts to your brass piece. Wipe off with the cloth and give it a good rub down to bring it up shiny!

3. When you’re not wearing your brass pieces, keep them in a bag or box, where the air can’t get to them!

Garments:

Our clothing is made from natural materials and therefore, they need special treatment. We say special, but what we really mean is ‘organic’, without the use of chemicals and extreme heat.

1. Wash on a cool temperature and hanging your garment to dry.

2. Avoid any stain removing agents, and hot irons.

3. Whenever possible, use natural cleaning products. We recommend mangle and wringer’s laundry powder. It’s reasonably priced, 100% natural, and suitable for hand washing and machine washing, https://www.mangleandwringer.co.uk/shop/pure-laundry-powder/

4. Store your garments on hangers and if you need to iron them, use a cool setting.

5. Wash your garments with similar colours to avoid colour running.

6. The best thing you can do for your garments is avoid washing them too often. Hang your garments out to air regularly, to avoid over washing.

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