Care and cleaning of our products
Each Kipenzi piece is carefully made with a deliberate gloss or matt finish. To keep your product looking great, you need to clean and care for it appropriately. We update this column regularly with tips especially using simple methods and materials you can easily find at home.
Horn & Bone
Horn and bone are natural, organic materials. It is best to store horn and bone in a cool dry place and avoid leaving for extended periods in cars, sunny windows or other hot places. Avoid lengthy contact with water and your horn items can be kept in top condition by using a good quality organic oil such as jojoba or coconut.
Wood and Grasses
Coconut, palm wood, and bamboo fall into this category. As with horn and bone, avoid prolonged contact with water such as swimming. A little mineral oil such teak or linseed oil applied with a soft cloth and a little time is all you need to care for these jewellery materials . I tend to do this to mine when they look dry which is three or four times a year or if I expose them to water by mistake!
Brass looses its shine with time and gets rather dull. To bring back the shine there’s nothing like good old fashioned Brasso! We think the liquid version is best. Dab some of it onto a soft cloth and gently rub the brass with it. Leave it for a few minutes and then polish with a soft clean dry cloth (old ripped up T shirt is perfect). Ta-dah… shiny again! For a deeper clean in those hard-to-reach areas, (particularly on cast–brass items), create a mixture of lemon juice, baking powder, and water. Dab a dollop with a toothbrush and gently go over your brass jewellery. The toothbrush should help you get into those dirty nooks and crannies, making your jewellery golden once again. Wipe dry with that old T shirt and it’s golden once again!
For those with brass allergy that tints their skin. Clear nail polish applied on the jewellery will prevent this from happening. Reapply as when needed.
The shine tends to last longer on aluminium. If using commercial cleaning liquids the same process as for brass can be applied using silver cleaning liquid.
Use a mild soap and lukewarm water to clean then dry after wearing. Be careful when handling stone as it could break. Stone jewellery can NOT be sterilized.
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