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How to Care for Your Stuff

Do you have a brass ring that's lost its luster or a leather bag that could use some TLC? Scroll on for all our tips for keeping your Of a Kind scores looking good as new. And, if you have a piece that needs some more serious attention, hit the "Repairs" section of this page, and we'll see if we can't help.

Tips for Keeping Your Apparel in Stellar Shape

 

  • Follow the washing and drying instructions on the garment’s inside label, always, always!

  • Dry-clean as needed, but if you are machine-washing and -drying, we recommend tumble dry low unless otherwise noted.

 


 

How to Keep Your Artwork Looking Museum-Worthy

 

  • Keep away from moisture.

  • Avoid direct sunlight for fading purposes.

  • If framed, gently wipe glass and frame with a damp cloth or other home glass cleaning product, followed by a dry cloth.

 


 

Tips for Keeping Your Brass Shiny and Beautiful

 

  • Keep it dry! Avoid exposure to water, lotions, perfumes, and cleaning products.

  • Buff your brass with a clean, dry cloth.

  • Clean it up. The easiest way: Sprinkle some salt on ½ a lemon, and gently rub the lemon all around your piece, squeezing as you go. Rinse with warm water, and dry with a soft cloth.

  • If the brass is making your skin turn green, trying painting a thin layer of clear nail polish over the jewelry where it comes in contact with your skin.

 


 

Tips for Keeping Your Fine Jewelry Looking All Shiny and New

 

  • Avoid exposing it to lotions, makeup, perfumes, salt, chlorine, and cleaning products, which can dull the appearance of precious metals and gemstones and make them look grimy.

  • Remove it when you sleep and exercise (‘cause sweat!).

  • Keep it in a cool, dry place—so, not that little dish in your bathroom!

  • Clean it. For silver, toothpaste subs in for standard silver polish, and hot water and mild soap is great for solid gold. To dry, reach for a soft, lint-free cloth.

  • If anything feels loose—an earring back or a stone’s setting, say—leave the piece at home and get it checked at a jewelry repair before you wear it again.

 


 

What to Know About Giving Your Leather Some Love

 

  • Avoid water! For shoes, use a waterproofing spray for extra protection before wearing. If your piece does get wet, though, let it air dry (don’t reach for a hair-dryer!).

  • Condition regularly with natural leather oils to protect and preserve leather—we really like Obenauf’s.

  • For stains, first try gently wiping them with a damp cloth, followed by a dry cloth. If that doesn’t work, try saddle soap, baby shampoo, or mink oil. Be sure to spot test first—different finishes have different reactions, and you don’t want to go making matters worse.

  • Colors change over time due to the natural aging process. We love that—it adds character!


 

How to Make Sure That Gold Plating Lasts and Lasts

 

  • Keep it dry! Avoid exposing it to water, lotions, makeup, perfumes, and cleaning products, which can all make the plating deteriorate.

  • If you see green marks on your skin, you’re probably super-sensitive to the metal underneath the plating. One trick: You can paint the part of the jewelry that touches your body with clear nail polish to prevent direct contact.

  • When your piece needs some spiffing up, reach for the sort of very soft cloth you’d use to clean eyeglasses, camera lenses, or computer monitors. And never use any soaps or detergents!

 


 

Here's How to Keep Your Wood Fresh 'N Clean

 

  • Hand-wash with soap and warm water, using a clean sponge to remove any gunk or grime.

  • Dry with a clean dish towel or use a drying rack—just make sure there’s enough air-flow so it dries completely, and don’t use it until all the moisture is gone!

  • To condition, apply mineral oil with a hand towel or paint brush to completely dry wood and wipe off any excess.

 


 

How to Keep Your Wool and Cashmere Knits Ready for Action

 

  • Handwashing is the best, safest, and, hey, cheapest cleaning option. The trick is to avoid hot water, which can lead to shrinking.

  • To dry, lay the knit flat on a clean towel, roll them together (like a sleeping bag), and gently press to remove excess water. Then lay the piece flat in its natural shape to dry completely.

  • To remove wrinkles, odors, and bacteria, use a steamer. An iron will do all sorts of bad things.

  • Brush regularly with a lint brush to prevent pilling. If you don’t have one, scotch tape works in a pinch.

  • Folding is better than hanging, and storing in a breathable bag or with dried lavender or cedar will keep moths away.

 


 

Repairs

If you've purchased a piece from us that has broken, torn, or otherwise degraded within a year of purchase, first of all: We’re really sorry. What a bummer. Second of all: Please reach out to us at customerservice@ofakind.com and let us know! Note that repair authorization is issued on a case-by-case basis and may not be granted if the damage is found to be caused by improper care. A care card should have been included with your order, but if it was missing or lost, you can find it here.

We will arrange most repairs free of charge, but if your item needs an extensive amount of new material, the item may be subject to a materials fee.

If you've had your item for longer than a year, we'll put you in direct contact with the designer, and they may be able to help restore your item to as good as new.

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