caring for your items
Each Done by Matea item comes with a tag or note detailing the materials used. Please see the list below for information on caring for your item, and ensuring its longest life possible.
Veg Tan Leather Earrings
Please keep away from water and moisture as this may cause the shape to deform. Moisture can also cause discolouration that will disappear once dry. Due to the organic nature of the material, the dyes and natural leather will age and fade with time. To clean, wipe with a dry or slightly damp cloth, and dry immediately.
Acrylic / Resin / Bamboo Earrings
Please take care not to put pieces under pressure as they may break. To clean, simply wipe with a damp cloth, and dry immediately. To get rid of streaking on clear acrylic surfaces, you can use window cleaner on a small cotton pad, or use a microfibre cloth. All painted parts are waterproof. Bamboo parts should not be immersed in water for extended periods as this may cause the bamboo to swell or soften.
Puzzle / Earring Stand / Cubes / Leather Dish / Resort Bag / Bikini
These should be kept away from moisture, cleaned with a damp cloth and dried immediately.
Bush Boots + Deep Sea Boots
Leather is a natural product, a skin, and needs to be cared for the same as your own skin. These will arrive with the upper leather lightly conditioned. This means that they will be resistant to small amounts of moisture. To ensure they stay this way, and to ensure the leather stays supple, apply a leather conditioner every 6 months. If the leather is not conditioned regularly, it is more likely to stain in contact with moisture.
You can purchase the Done by Matea Leather Conditioner here. Apply with a soft cloth in circular motions and allow to dry overnight away from direct sunlight. Be careful not to oversaturate any one area. Upon applying it may darken slightly, however it should return to normal once fully dry. Regardless of which conditioner you choose, always spot test a small, inconspicuous area of the leather before applying the leather conditioner to your new boots.
Please note: Veg Tan leather will naturally darken over time, with exposure to sun, UV and conditioning products. This is a part of the natural ageing process of the material, and will be most noticeable on light coloured, and un-dyed sections of leather.
The Bush Boots are lighter and un-dyed in sections, meaning they will definitely age and weather visibly; this is part of their charm. If it reaches a point where the discolouration is too much for your taste, get in touch, and they can be re-dyed and painted over - though this will look somewhat different from the original finish. With significant wear, soles may need to be replaced. Please get in touch sooner rather than later with resoling concerns.
Kelp Slides + Not Paper Heels
The uppers on these have been lightly sealed and do not require conditioning. However they should be kept away from moisture as this still may cause the organic leather shapes to deform. To clean, wipe gently with a damp cloth and dry immediately. With significant wear, soles may need to be replaced. Please get in touch sooner rather than later with resoling concerns.
Resort Slides + Dune Dancer Sandals
The uppers on these have been lightly sealed and do not require conditioning. However they should be kept away from moisture as this may cause discolouration. To clean, wipe gently with a damp cloth and dry immediately. With significant wear, soles may need to be replaced. Please get in touch sooner rather than later with resoling concerns.
Surf Skirt / Towel Trench / Beach Bucket
The trench, towel hat and skirt can be put on a cold gentle machine wash cycle. The non-towel hats should be hand washed in cold water.