Longevity and improving with age are two qualities we think about at The Lost Corner. To help on this front we have listed our thoughts on how to look after and care for a selection of our product range. We will be expanding on this with time.
The key to linen is the texture and feel and not to worry that it creases. We wash our linen in a medium heat, with no bleach-based detergent, keep colours and whites separate (the coloured borders to our linen don’t run). Given the choice, we hang to dry as opposed to tumble drying. If we do tumble dry it is on medium heat and we don’t over fill the dryer. We iron with a steam iron and store in a cool cupboard. If you are using a non-steam iron we recommend that it is on a medium heat.
We found our Crystal in a hotel 20 years ago and managed to track down the company that designs and creates it. We were drawn to this British-made crystal as it is beautifully carved and combines elegance with robustness without being too ornate. The glasses are a good weight and welcome regular use. Our approach is to wash in warm water, and towel dry or drip dry on a tea towel. We do not recommend putting them in the dish washer as it is a brutal environment for cut glass! We store a selection out of their boxes for easy access and keep the remainder in boxes for safe keeping.
We love classic hand-embroidered cotton. It has been widely used for hundreds of years and has not lost its appeal or practicality. We wash our cotton in a medium to high heat and keep whites and colours separate. Given the choice we hang to dry as opposed to tumble drying. If we do tumble dry it is on medium heat and we don’t over fill the dryer. We iron with a steam iron and store in a cool cupboard. If you are using a non-steam iron we recommend that it is on a medium heat.
Leather is a perfect example of something that ages well if looked after. Leather hates sharp edges and strong heat. Our leather goods require little maintenance with the exception of an occasional wipe down with a leather moisturiser. Ensure the cloth is clean and has no other cleaning product on it.
We wipe down the chopping boards with a damp cloth after use. Occasionally we wipe down with a natural food oil to help maintain the natural oils of the wood. It is important not to leave the wooden boards submerged in water for prolonged periods, or to expose to direct flame or coffee pots straight off the hob!
Within our pottery range, we have a selection that are oven proof. These pots including casserole dishes are handmade and glazed. We avoid leaving in the oven for prolonged periods as the glazing can sometimes crackle. We also avoid taking straight from the oven and putting in cold water, as the very quick cooling down process can shock the clay. As we work with several potters, it is difficult to give blanket guidance concerning oven proof and dishwasher safe compatibility. Please refer to the guidance on each product on the buying page of our website.