CARING FOR YOUR TIIPOI PRODUCT
We take pride in the fact that our products are made in small batches, using innovative production methods that harness both industrial design and craft techniques. Scaling up craft sustainably has been central to what we do here at Tiipoi.
What does all this mean and have to do with caring for your product? Well, unlike some mass-produced, seemingly indestructible things out there that , our products use naturally occurring materials, or materials that can be recycled or re-used, or returned to the earth without much impact (barring our concrete pieces)
But these materials are also a bit more sensitive - and they require some attention and TLC 🙂
AYASA COLLECTION - UNCOATED (includes brass or copper jars, pourers and Loha Bowl)
If you've bought a brass or copper product (apart from the trays or the trivets) the first thing you should be aware of is that they are not lacquered. This means that over time these metals will oxidise naturally and develop a patina that can be easily reversed through natural, homemade solutions or shop-bought polishes.
When we started making products in copper and brass, we had the option to lacquer them. Lacquering uses a synthetic polymer to seal the surface and makes it impermeable to air. While this is great news, if you want to keep your copper and brass forever shiny, it's not so great because most lacquers used today are made from synthetic polymers - which simply put, are a kind of permanent cling film. Somehow we couldn't bring ourselves to coat this beautiful, metal with something that would completely alter its very nature. So instead, we are passing on the duty of care towards these products, to you 🙂 and resorting to the old ways - a decent bit of elbow grease and ingredients from your kitchen.
Method 1 :
Homemade paste of salt, flour, white vinegar and a silicone scrubber (or an old sock/rag)
- 1/4 Cup fine sea salt
- 1/4 Cup all-purpose flour
- White vinegar
- Mixing bowl
- Soft rag/Silicone Scrubber
- Coconut Cooking Oil
- Kitchen Towel
Mix the salt, vinegar and flour in a bowl. Make a paste consistency. Use a silicone scrubber or a cloth/sock and scrub onto the surface of the metal applying a good amount of pressure on the surface till the surface begins to shine. Once you are happy with it, rinse and dry. Now apply a few drops of coconut oil all over the product (holding it at the rim if possible, staying away from the shiny surface) using a kitchen towel, just evenly wipe down the coconut oil all over and remove any excess. This step is important because the coconut oil is in fact acting as a natural coating - protecting it from tarnishing too quickly.
There is an option to also use a stronger metal cleaner and we've done considerable research on this and recommend FLITZ which is FDA approved metal cleaning polish and has been categorised as food safe.
WOOD (Lids, Seva Wooden Serving Platter)
Wood (Lids, Seva Wooden Serving Platter)
Our wood also, is not varnished or lacquered and is treated using beeswax. Sometimes with use, the wood get dry and also collect dust. The best way to look after your lids and your Seva platter set is to clean using a damp cloth.
Prevent your wood from becoming dry again by coating with a thin layer of beeswax and olive oil mixture, roughly in a 1:4 ratio. You can also use this on any other wooden products at home like spatulas and chopping boards!
LACQUERED METAL (Sama copper and brass trays, Chakra trivets)
For our trivets and trays, in copper and brass, we decided to lacquer them because they would be used for decorative or display purposes. We are trying to find a natural alternative for our current lacquer, but in the meanwhile, it's best to always wipe down the trays and trivets with a damp cloth. Avoid placing items with rough surfaces on the trays as this could scratch the lacquer.
ALUMINIUM, GLASS (Ayasa storage containers, pourers, trays and Kosa Glass Jars)
Hand-wash only. You can use a glass cleaner to get the jars extra shiny!
TEXTILES (Jamakhan Rugs and Cushions)
Dry-clean is preferred for a smooth flat rug. Although they can be hand-washed on a cold, delicates cycle with low spin, the ironing after could be a bit time consuming if you want the rug wrinkle-free.
TEXTILES (Modern Kantha Cushions and Blankets)
The great thing about this collection is that it is machine washable. Please use a cold delicates cycle and hang to dry. You can put them in the dryer too. Iron for a crisp finish!
Finally, to conclude, there is always an element of finishing products by hand. At our workshop we are more forgiving of marks of the handmade process and although our quality control is very stringent, we try to salvage things rather than discard them,
Sometimes, there can be irregularities in the product, these are from the production process and do not reflect the integrity of the material or of the product itself. We use only the highest quality of materials and work with verified sources, crediting all artisans who have been involved with us.
If you are not happy with your Tiipoi product, please contact us and we will be happy to replace it for you.