Taking care

Because it matters

Respecting what you own is an essential part of sustainable consumption. If the average life of clothing was extended only by 3 months, it would reduce its water and carbon footprints with 5-10 %. Together with Arkivé Atelier leather specialists, we want to provide detailed instructions for each of our materials to help you take the best possible care of your product. Find your product's materials from its DNA-page.
Respecting what you own is an essential part of sustainable consumption. Here you'll find detailed instructions to take the best possible care of your bag or jewellery.
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Lovia Product DNA, excess leather

Furniture excess leather

Furniture excess leather used for Lovia bags is highly protected to be resistant to dirt and moisture. This makes the leather rather carefree to maintain.

BEFORE USE

Apply a small amount of leather cream on a cotton cloth. Wipe the bag using circular motions. Allow the cream to absorb for a few minutes. Polish with a leather brush.

CLEANING AND SEASONAL CARE

1. Clean: Brush through the surface with a leather brush. Clean with a moistened cotton cloth. Let dry for 10 minutes.

2. Moisture and protect: Apply a small amount of leather cream on a cotton cloth. Wipe the bag using circular motions. Allow the cream to absorb for a few minutes.

3. Polish: Finish by polishing with a leather brush.

STORAGE

Always clean and moisture the bag before long-term storage. Store inside the Lovia dust bag and place in a cool and clean indoor location with balanced humidity.

Furniture excess leather

Furniture excess leather used for Lovia bags is highly protected to be resistant to dirt and moisture. This makes the leather rather carefree to maintain.

BEFORE USE

Apply a small amount of leather cream on a cotton cloth. Wipe the bag using circular motions. Allow the cream to absorb for a few minutes. Polish with a leather brush.

CLEANING AND SEASONAL CARE

1. Clean: Brush through the surface with a leather brush. Clean with a moistened cotton cloth. Let dry for 10 minutes.

2. Moisture and protect: Apply a small amount of leather cream on a cotton cloth. Wipe the bag using circular motions. Allow the cream to absorb for a few minutes.

3. Polish: Finish by polishing with a leather brush.

STORAGE

Always clean and moisture the bag before long-term storage. Store inside the Lovia dust bag and place in a cool and clean indoor location with balanced humidity.

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Elk leather

Elk leather has a tight fibre structure that makes the leather more resistant to humidity and rain than many other leathers. Elk leather doesn’t necessarily need any protective spray or cream – just a light cleaning with a damp cloth every once in a while is enough. Due to the fibre structure of this leather always choose a light cream with no solvents and low wax content. Thick waxes and leather lotions can result in an unwanted sticky and muddled surface.

BEFORE USE

Elk leather does not need to be treated before use.

CLEANING AND SEASONAL CARE

1. Clean: Brush through the surface with a soft leather brush. Clean with a slightly moistened cotton cloth. Let dry for 10 minutes.

2. Moisture and protect: Apply a small amount of delicate leather cream on a cotton cloth. Wipe the leather using circular motions. Allow leather to absorb the nutrients for few minutes. Scuffs can be covered with coloured leather cream.

3. Polish: Finish by polishing with a soft leather brush.

STORAGE

Always clean and moisture the bag before long-term storage. Store inside the Lovia dustbag and place in a cool and clean indoor location with balanced humidity.

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Salmon & Perch Leather

As for tensile strength, fish skin is a very strong material. However, the surface of the leather is sensitive to water, stains and drying. This is why you should pay some extra attention to the protection of this leather. We will advise you how to best take care of your bag and in this way maximise your years of life together.

BEFORE USE

Spray the bag with a water protector spray. Spray twice for best protection. Let the leather dry for five minutes between layers. Now your bag is all set and ready for use!

CLEANING AND SEASONAL CARE

1. Clean: Brush through the bag with a soft leather brush. Always brush salmon leather in the direction of the scales for minimal abrasive damage. Clean with a slightly moistened cotton cloth. Remember that salmon leather is highly sensitive to water. Be careful not to use too much moisture to avoid any unwanted creases. Let dry for 10 minutes.

2. Moisture and protect: Spray the bag with a water protector spray. Spray twice for best protection. Let the leather to dry for five minutes between the layers.

3. Polish: Finish by polishing with a soft leather brush.

STORAGE

Remember to clean the bag before long-term storage. Always add the protective spray first after the storage period to let the leather breathe. Store in the Lovia dustbag and place in a cool and clean indoor location with balanced humidity.

Finnsheep leather

Sheep skin is a very subtle leather. Thin, delicate leathers should always be treated with gentle products that contain no solvents and have a low wax content.

BEFORE USE

Apply a thin coat of delicate leather cream with a soft cotton cloth. Massage the cream into the leather in circular motions. Allow the leather to absorb the nutrients for a few minutes and then buff off with a soft leather brush. The delicate cream has a low, protecting wax content so additional protector spray is not needed. Now your bag is ready for use!

CLEANING AND SEASONAL CARE

1. Clean: Brush through the bag with soft leather brush. Clean with a slightly moistened cotton cloth. Let dry for 10 minutes.

2. Moisture and protect: Apply a thin coat of delicate leather cream using a cotton cloth. Massage the cream into the leather using circular motions. Allow the leather to absorb the nutrients for a few minutes. Scuffs can be covered with a coloured leather cream. The delicate cream has a low, protecting wax content so additional protector spray is not needed.

3. Polish: Finish by polishing with a soft leather brush.

STORAGE

Remember to clean and moisture the bag before long-term storage. Store in the Lovia dustbag and place in a cool and clean indoor location with balanced humidity.

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Elk leather

Elk leather has a tight fibre structure that makes the leather more resistant to humidity and rain than many other leathers. Elk leather doesn’t necessarily need any protective spray or cream – just a light cleaning with a damp cloth every once in a while is enough. Due to the fibre structure of this leather always choose a light cream with no solvents and low wax content. Thick waxes and leather lotions can result in an unwanted sticky and muddled surface.

BEFORE USE

Elk leather does not need to be treated before use.

CLEANING AND SEASONAL CARE

1. Clean: Brush through the surface with a soft leather brush. Clean with a slightly moistened cotton cloth. Let dry for 10 minutes.

2. Moisture and protect: Apply a small amount of delicate leather cream on a cotton cloth. Wipe the leather using circular motions. Allow leather to absorb the nutrients for few minutes. Scuffs can be covered with coloured leather cream.

3. Polish: Finish by polishing with a soft leather brush.

STORAGE

Always clean and moisture the bag before long-term storage. Store inside the Lovia dustbag and place in a cool and clean indoor location with balanced humidity.

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Salmon & Perch Leather

As for tensile strength, fish skin is a very strong material. However, the surface of the leather is sensitive to water, stains and drying. This is why you should pay some extra attention to the protection of this leather. We will advise you how to best take care of your bag and in this way maximise your years of life together.

BEFORE USE

Spray the bag with a water protector spray. Spray twice for best protection. Let the leather dry for five minutes between layers. Now your bag is all set and ready for use!

CLEANING AND SEASONAL CARE

1. Clean: Brush through the bag with a soft leather brush. Always brush salmon leather in the direction of the scales for minimal abrasive damage. Clean with a slightly moistened cotton cloth. Remember that salmon leather is highly sensitive to water. Be careful not to use too much moisture to avoid any unwanted creases. Let dry for 10 minutes.

2. Moisture and protect: Spray the bag with a water protector spray. Spray twice for best protection. Let the leather to dry for five minutes between the layers.

3. Polish: Finish by polishing with a soft leather brush.

STORAGE

Remember to clean the bag before long-term storage. Always add the protective spray first after the storage period to let the leather breathe. Store in the Lovia dustbag and place in a cool and clean indoor location with balanced humidity.

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Finnsheep leather

Sheep skin is a very subtle leather. Thin, delicate leathers should always be treated with gentle products that contain no solvents and have a low wax content.

BEFORE USE

Apply a thin coat of delicate leather cream with a soft cotton cloth. Massage the cream into the leather in circular motions. Allow the leather to absorb the nutrients for a few minutes and then buff off with a soft leather brush. The delicate cream has a low, protecting wax content so additional protector spray is not needed. Now your bag is ready for use!

CLEANING AND SEASONAL CARE

1. Clean: Brush through the bag with soft leather brush. Clean with a slightly moistened cotton cloth. Let dry for 10 minutes.

2. Moisture and protect: Apply a thin coat of delicate leather cream using a cotton cloth. Massage the cream into the leather using circular motions. Allow the leather to absorb the nutrients for a few minutes. Scuffs can be covered with a coloured leather cream. The delicate cream has a low, protecting wax content so additional protector spray is not needed.

3. Polish: Finish by polishing with a soft leather brush.

STORAGE

Remember to clean and moisture the bag before long-term storage. Store in the Lovia dustbag and place in a cool and clean indoor location with balanced humidity.

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Lovia jewellery is made with care from mostly recycled bronze by our goldsmith Tero Hannonen in Helsinki. Following are instructions on how to make your treasure last a lifetime.

Protection

Always protect your jewellery from scratching, chemicals, sunlight and heat or cold. Store your jewellery in a jewellery box or pouch keeping the pieces apart so they don’t rub together. Your jewellery will age and tarnish naturally. We recommend taking off bronze, silver and rose gold coated jewellery while sweating or swimming in chlorinated or salt water. Avoid nail polish removers, perfume or hairspray getting in touch with the jewellery. To keep your pieces in pristine condition, clean your jewellery regularly.

Different coatings

Our rose gold jewellery has double coating; first layer is 24k gold, topped off with a 18K rose gold layer. We use non-toxic gold coating in our pieces.

Our silver coating is made with mostly recycled silver. Silver coated jewellery takes on patina by nature, especially when not in active use.

The uncoated bronze takes on patina by nature.

How to clean

If the surface gets too dark, you can clean it with a polishing cloth. Affected areas can also be gently cleaned with a polishing cloth dampened with mild soap water. If your jewellery needs additional cleaning you can clean it with warm, soapy water, then rinse, let dry, and polish to sparkle.

If the jewellery is heavily affected by scratch marks or the shine wears out, turn to us. To have your jewellery recoated, please contact us for a quote, or take it to your local goldsmith for appraisal.

Lovia jewellery is made with care from mostly recycled bronze by our goldsmith Tero Hannonen in Helsinki. Following are instructions on how to make your treasure last a lifetime.

Protection

Always protect your jewellery from scratching, chemicals, sunlight and heat or cold. Store your jewellery in a jewellery box or pouch keeping the pieces apart so they don’t rub together. Your jewellery will age and tarnish naturally. We recommend taking off bronze, silver and rose gold coated jewellery while sweating or swimming in chlorinated or salt water. Avoid nail polish removers, perfume or hairspray getting in touch with the jewellery. To keep your pieces in pristine condition, clean your jewellery regularly.

Different coatings

Our rose gold jewellery has double coating; first layer is 24k gold, topped off with a 18K rose gold layer. We use non-toxic gold coating in our pieces.

Our silver coating is made with mostly recycled silver. Silver coated jewellery takes on patina by nature, especially when not in active use.

The uncoated bronze takes on patina by nature.

How to clean

If the surface gets too dark, you can clean it with a polishing cloth. Affected areas can also be gently cleaned with a polishing cloth dampened with mild soap water. If your jewellery needs additional cleaning you can clean it with warm, soapy water, then rinse, let dry, and polish to sparkle.

If the jewellery is heavily affected by scratch marks or the shine wears out, turn to us. To have your jewellery recoated, please contact us for a quote, or take it to your local goldsmith for appraisal.

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