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PREVENTIVE MEASURES: KEEP YOUR BELONGINGS IN SHIPSHAPE

Your grandfather was right, respect your things and they will get you the respect you deserve. He was also right about the “coconut in the hands of a monkey” proverb. You might own the best goodies in the world, but that’s just half of the picture. Keeping what you have in good condition is as important as owning good things. This will make sure your things last for a long time and you can make your investment worth the money.

DENIMS

From boot cuts and skinny jeans to straight legs and slim fits, there are a ton of styles on store shelves for everyone. That said, when you buy a good pair, you basically want it to last forever. Buying denim that’s made to last, and caring for it properly, can keep it in top shape. Here are seven simple tricks to help you take better care of your high-quality denims. Remember these rules to make your jeans last longer and to keep them looking as good as they did on the day you bought them.

Do not wash your jeans often!

Good news for anyone who hates doing laundry! Jeans doesn’t need to be washed very often! If you do not wash your jeans then you will be preventing it from fading and will be preserving its glory days along with it. The fact is, jeans are rarely supposed to be neat and tidy, it is suppose to be dirty and worn regularly for just about anything.

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IT’S BEST TO WASH IT WITH SOME COLD WATER

Okay, it’s been an entire month since the last time you washed your jeans and you’ve been wearing it every day. It’s starting to stink. Time for a wash. Just make sure they’re turned inside out and the water is as cold as possible. This will keep them from fading.

TOSS IN TWO SPOONFULS OF SALT TO HELP SET THE DYE.

If you’re washing them for the first time, toss two spoonfuls of salt to help set the dye. It’s good for your jeans.

RECOMMEND YOU TO WASH THEM BY HAND

If you’ve got some time to spare, the best method is to use your own two hands. Start out by filling a bucket with some cold water and, to that, add just a drop of mild detergent. Really, just half a teaspoon! Then turn your jeans inside out, plop them in the water, and walk away. No scrubbing necessary. Come back in an hour and rinse off the jeans with cold water. Hang dry, and voilà: Good as new. Bet that wasn’t as hard as you thought it would be, huh?

ALWAYS AIR-DRY THEM

Air drying is the best way for drying your jeans. It will expand the life expectancy of your jeans. Hang them indoors and out of the sunlight, which helps preserve the color, and place an old towel underneath your drying rack so the indigo dye won’t stain your floors. Your jeans might be stiff after the wash but after one wear it should resume its old self again.

DO NOT USE BLEACH!

Do not use any kind of bleach on your jeans as it damages the yarns of your denim and will decrease the life expectancy of your denim.

STICK THEM IN THE OVEN

Yes, you read that correctly. Stinky jeans? Crank up your oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit and place your folded jeans on one of the racks for an hour. Let them cool before wearing. And if the mere thought of turning your oven on makes your palms start to sweat, then you can stick your jeans in the freezer overnight. Either way, you’ll rid your jeans of any odor-causing bacteria. They might even end up smelling like warm cookies!

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The first thing people notice about you is your shoes, and scuffed untidy shoes don’t give out the best of impressions. If you are going to spend money on a high-end shoe then you better learn how to treat them right as they demand attention after every wear. Men prefer to spend all their money on a few pairs of really good shoes rather than own many mediocre ones. We are not picky about the sauce in our pasta, the tarkari with our rice or if our clothes are washed and ironed or not, but when it comes to shoes we are pretty peculiar. So it isn’t a surprise if you’re keen on finding ways to keep them in their best shape. Here’s how:

USE SHOE POLISH

A good shoe polish keeps your leather shoes shining like a gem. Polishing your shoes regularly does two great things to your shoe: one, it covers and repairs the damage of daily wear and tear and nourishes and moisturizes the leather and second, it keeps your stylish foot wear flexible and healthy. Use cream-based polishes and also carry your shoes along with you when you are going to purchase a polish to ensure you get the right one for your shoe tone.

Tip: Buff the polish off your shoes with a pair of panty hose to get an optimal shine.

TAKE CARE OF YOUR SOLES

A house is only as solid as the foundation on which it’s built, so make sure you take steps to save your shoe soles. While there are many types of soles out there, chances are, a good, high-quality pair of leather shoes will be based on leather soles. Just like the leather on top, the leather on the bottom must be protected. The best option is to have a high end shoe store (Bentley, Galleria) to attach “taps” to the front and rear heels. Acting as buffers between the heel and the ground, taps absorb the shock and damage of constant pounding, and prevent the sole from eroding.

Tip: Don’t add taps until you have worn the shoes about 12 to 18 months; this allows the soles to conform to your gait, making for a smoother stride and more comfortable wear.

REPLACE YOUR SOLES

The soles of your shoes are like the tires on your car: They eventually wear out and need to be replaced. According to the experts, the “upper” part of the shoe can last as long as 20 years, but the “lower” part of the shoe, on average, only lasts around five years. So, when the sole becomes uncomfortable to wear and gets ragged in appearance, the best option is replacing the sole.

Tip: When resoling your shoes, check with the shoe’s manufacturer; many manufacturers offer discounts and packages on resoling and refurbishing shoes.

BUY A FAKE VERSION OF YOUR SHOE

If you have invested on a pair of expensive shoes, buy an extra pair which is a copy of your original. In that manner you can wear your fake ones on a daily basis and save your genuine ones for the events where it is worth showing off those babies.

USE WATER REPELLENT

Before taking your new shoes out on their first walk, be sure to apply a coat of water repellent to the leather. After the initial application, habitually reapply it as instructed. We recommend you to use a water-based repellent to seal the leather because it allows it to breathe and the moisture inside it to escape. Moisture impacts leather’s elasticity, so keeping moisture balanced is a must; too much moisture causes the leather to stretch, while too little moisture causes the leather to shrink.

Tip: Wipe your shoes with a clean sponge dipped in lukewarm water before adding additional coats of repellent; this will warm the leather, making it more porous and improving its ability to absorb the product, and prevent trapping dirt between the leather and the repellent.

GET A SHOE TREE

Since you have already spent your one month’s salary on a pair of shoe spend a little more and extend your shoes life. Shoe trees may cost a few more elephants but it is all worth it. A shoe tree helps to reshape your shoes after using it and also it absorbs moisture from the shoe keeping it fresh for the next wear. A shoe tree also helps to maintain the shoe’s size. Dress shoes are an expensive investment that must be protected, and a few bills here and there will save you a bundle down the road. So, now that you know some tricks of the trade, venture forth in preventive maintenance and style.

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Luxury eye wear can enhance your ensemble exponentially, but it is important to keep them in good condition, mainly because it can be a pretty big investment. It is constantly smeared, smudged and fogged. Here’s how you keep them in the best shape possible for as long as possible:

TAKE THEM OFF USING TWO HANDS, INSTEAD OF ONE. Many people have the habit of taking off their shades using one hand. It might look cool but it doesn’t come in the best interest for your shades. Taking them off using two hands keeps the earpieces straight and in the right alignment. Taking them off using one-hand will stretch both the earpieces out and loosens them which increases the risk of them falling and breaking (you really don’t want that).

DON’T PUT YOUR GLASSES ON TOP OF YOUR HEAD. This can distort the shape of your expensive eye wear, and there’s a greater chance of them falling from top of your head and getting damaged that way. The laws of gravity are a bitch, why take the chance?

TRY NOT TO PUSH THEM UP ON YOUR NOSE BY STICKING YOUR FINGER ON THE NOSEPIECE (right between your eyes) if they’re wire-framed. This causes stress on the nose pads, and the center part of the frame, and if they’re any color but silver, it wears the finish off of them. This can leave your glasses with a conspicuous spot in the long run. Instead, grasp the lenses by putting your thumb at the bottom and fingers at the top, and then move them to where you want them to sit on your face. You’ll look classier doing that than the nerdy single-fingered-scrunched-nose nudge.

PURCHASE A MICROFIBER OPTICAL CLEANING CLOTH. These are generally available at optometrists, chemists and supermarkets. The more traditional way of breathing onto your glasses and wiping them on your shirt isn’t the best method of cleaning your glasses.

Firstly, it’s best not to clean your shades with any shirt while you’re still wearing it. Second, you might accidentally rub your lenses with a polyester or lycra blend. Abrasive fabrics can wear away at the anti-glare coating, and even scratch your lenses.

NEVER USE THE FOLLOWING:

  • Clothing – dirt trapped in the fibers can scratch the lenses
  • Paper towels or tissues – these fibers scratch lenses
  • A dirty microfiber cloth – when you’re not using the microfiber cloth, put it in the eyeglass case; if it collects dust, it’ll scratch the lenses, rather than clean them

USE A PREPARED SOLUTION TO DISSOLVE ANY SPOTS. If you feel you can make your glasses even more spotless, buy some glasses lens cleaning spray, available at optical stores. Spray a small amount on both sides of each lens, and clean with the appropriate material (see above).

HAVE THEM ADJUSTED ONCE OR TWICE A YEAR. If you go back to where you got them every six months to one year, they will most likely adjust your glasses free of charge. The technician will examine them for wear and tear, tighten any loose screws, and check the fit again. Soon enough they’ll be good as new. Any replacement parts needed are usually supplied for free, too, or for a nominal charge. Often, any optical dispensing place will do this for free whether you bought them there or not.

KEEP YOUR GLASSES IN A CASE WHEN YOU AREN’T WEARING THEM. When you take your glasses off, put them in the case to keep them from getting scratched. The best ones are the ones that open and close, rather than the ones you slide the glasses into. Even the act of slipping them in can rub against the lenses and cause minute scratches, which your eyes perceive as haze.

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