Monday, April 29, 2019

How to:Clean and Maintain SheepSkin Rugs

Cleaning a sheepskin rug with lanolin wash

Have you stained your natural Sheepskin and wondered how on earth I'm going to get this out ! 
Before you run and grab a hold of the closest chemical agent you can find, STOP, breathe, and lets garner our thoughts before proceeding.  
There are a few ways of cleaning sheepskin. In this short post we will be discussing our best methods while attempting to keep it simple.

Professional Cleaning(mainly reserved for larger or more severe stains).
With this been said, don't assume all professional dry cleaners are leather/wool on skin professionals.
If you love your sheepskin, make sure your cleaner is trained in this area. 

Hand and or Machine Wash

Hand washing or machine washing sheepskins should be reserved ONLY for the natural color wool such as white or ivory. Dyed skins can bleed greatly, causing the wool to quickly lose its rich dyed color.

Never place sheepskin rug in a dryer, as this will dry out and cause cracks in the leather/hide.

Never use enzyme or bleach containing agents. Even detergents promoted as "gentle" like Tide or Woolite contain enzymes that are damaging to sheepskin rugs.
 
Any brand wool wash that is enzyme, bleach free, containing lanolin will suffice in maintaining the health and intregity of the rug. 

What is Lanolin:
Lanolin is a wax secreted by the glands of wool bearing animals like sheeps.

Note: Do not mistake the process of extracting lanolin to animal cruelty. This process is normally performed on Wool bearing animals that are already part of the meat industry. The sebaceous glands, in this case (lanolin) is the byproduct from the meat harvest.  

Some Things you'll need are: 

1. Wool brush.
2. Lanolin containing wool wash (enzyme,bleach free).
3. Large basin of water.
4. Drying area away from direct sunlight

Steps in the hand-wash process:

1. Add warm water to basin.
2. Depending on size of rug, use 1tsp of lanolin wool wash per 1G of water.
3. Soak rug for at least 20 minutes(longer depending on how soiled).
4. Gently use hands to massage the fibers while submersed. 
5. Remove and squeeze excess water solution(don't twist).
6. lay rug to dry or line dry (We prefer Line dry) as it allows gravity to freely expel water. 
7. Brush the wool once while still damp.
8. Once completely dry, brush again.
9. vigorously shake rug in order to bring back its natural fluffiness.

Note: Do not expose rug to direct sunlight or heat during the drying process. 

Steps for machine washing:

1. Use warm water wash selection
2. Use 1 Tbsp wool wash (2x3ft)rugs to 2 Tbsp (2x6ft)rug. 
3. Use Bulk/Gently cycle 
4. Lay rug to dry or hang (We prefer line dry) letting gravity expel most of the water.
5. Brush once while damp and once after dry.
6. vigorously shake rug in order to bring back its natural fluffiness. 

Spot Cleaning Rug(mostly small stains)

1. Mix a cap full of Lanolin based wool wash to 2 Cups of water and place in a spray bottle.
2. Apply to stain area generously. 
3. Rinse the area treated with warm water. 
4. Use dry clean rag by patting gently removing the excess moisture.
5. Hang or lay rug to dry fully OUT of direct sunlight.
6. Brush area once while damp,once after fully dried and Shake vigorously to natural fluffiness.  

Maintaining your rug:

1. Straighten out wool hair by regularly brushing.
2. Vacuum rug regularly, but avoid using a rotating head brush attachment. 
3. Regularly shaking rug often helps keep its fullness. 

Storing: 

1. Do not store rug in sunlight or heat
2. Store in cool ventilated area by avoiding non-breathable materials such as suction storage bags 

Note: Remember that your Real Sheepskin Rug is a natural breathable material and just like leather condensation may cause it to dry rot.     
     
  
 




    
 
    



   
  
 

Monday, April 8, 2019

How to use Fire Gel Fuel Cans in D.I.Y Decor

a box of 12 cans of Terra Flame clean burning fire gel
   Do you Love to entertain guest ! We have some heart warming ideas on how to bring warmth into any interior and or exterior space by using real flame. 
In this short post we will demonstrate how there will be no need to build expensive vented fireplaces for your indoor space (if all you are looking for is aesthetics).
 Even if you already own a real vented fireplace and you simply want the subtle feel of real flames in your home, you can always accomplish this without the messy residue of wood or the potential hazard of natural gasses. 
Clean Burning Fire Gel can truly accomplish this goal. This time we will focus on making a simple Fire bowl. (You may also find D.I.Y ventless fireplace ideas in our Archives.) 

For this particular task we will need just a few simple items:
a box of 12 cans of Terra Flame clean burning fire gel
Not all fire gel fuel cans are made equal. As you can see, these cans have no labeling along the sides. This makes sense when you consider heat and paper will be a bad combination. Pay attention to this as many manufactures still make cans with labels along the sides. 
As seen here a clever placed warning label is placed on the lid instead, in the case you lose the included instruction pamphlet. 

A bowl of choice (clear glass or porcelain) will be the foundation of this project along with a few decorative rocksfire glass, and small chrome fire balls

NoteBest to use an Oven Resistant Bowl as it can better withstand higher temperaturesAlso using a bowl with enough depth will help visually conceal most of the can giving your project the perfect finish.     
We can appreciate how the fire gel fuel can sits perfectly nestled into the bowl. Again make sure that the embellishments used can withstand high heat temperatures.
Just a few images on how this great project turned out. 
Below we have also place a video on the Unboxing of this fire gel fuel and how we used this product to create this gorgeous fire bowl and patio/garden fire ball decor, suitable for any outdoor entertainment space. ~ ENJOY ~ !  



Friday, December 21, 2018

How To Ideas for Making Winter Wreath Decor

A Large wired silver art mirror decorated with Oversized Pine Cones and used as Winter Wreath
For this project we wanted to not just opt for the common wreath look one tends to find in local brick and mortar stores. Even the most exotic wreaths you can find usually tends to stick to the traditional design. 

In this post we will show you how to add "Art" to your next Winter Wreath decor that is sure to dazzle your guest as soon as you greet them at the door. Not to mention how by choosing a timeless art piece like this one, can easily work as the seasons change. 

Below we will talk about a simple few items and steps that you will need to complete this project. 
Among these items are: 
1. A Giant Pine Cone measuring a whopping 10.5 inches in length and 4 inches in diameter. (These are extremely rare, and we stumbled into these at the local Trader Joes Market during fall season.)
1b. Pine tree trimmings to your desired length 
2. Medium sized Cup Hooks 
3. Small accessory belt. (choice of color and texture to your liking We chose a gold and silver to go with our theme.)  
4. Wreath hook & smaller door hook
5. ( No tools Required ) :o)
A Large wired silver art mirror decorated with Oversized Pine Cones and used as Winter Wreath

Step 1. Now that we have all the items on hand, we will proceed to screwing the cup hook into the pine cone. These giant cones are very woody in nature which makes this task rather simple. (Careful NOT to over tighten.)

Note: You may also choose to paint these cones in your desired. In the finished project as you will see in the latter part of this post, we opted for gloss white, metallic silver for the main colors and metallic bronze for some inconspicuous undertones.

Step 2. Once having the hooks screwed into both cones, you will proceed to string the belt or ribbon into the opening. This is how the finished cones will hang from the small door hook. As mentioned before we decided to use a small belt.
A Large wired silver art mirror decored and used as Winter Wreath
A Large wired silver art mirror decorated with Oversized Pine Cones and used as Winter Wreath

  Step 3. We used a gorgeous metal wall art mirror as our main centerpiece for the wreath. The silver color of the  metal reflect light and keeps the space airy by causing the eye to freely flow throughout the space. 
A Large wired silver art mirror decorated and used as Winter Wreath


The Cones are then hung onto the small door hook, while the wall art mirror hangs below gracefully from the large wreath hook. 
Note: The cones were previously spray painted with glossy white and metallic silver to give them that icy looking sheen mimicking the look of ice filled shrubs after a snowfall or icy rain.  
A Large wired silver art mirror decorated and used as Winter Wreath

A Large wired silver art mirror decorated and used as Winter Wreath
We added some pine tree limbs garnered form the local hardware 
store Christmas tree sale lot. If you ask the staff who trims the trees prior to the sale, they will be happy to let you collect the leftovers that are usually placed into one of their store carts for free. 
We most certainly couldn't forget one of our signature decor embellishments such as crystal garland links, teardrops and raindrops. We coupled a few of these crystal ornaments by intricately nestling them into over-sized oyster shells that were painted in metallic grey and silver.

The glam and sparkle of all these chic decor ornaments set the perfect tone for this Winter Wreath Decor.   

Conclusion: When thinking about decor, find ways to implement pieces that can be easily transitioned into other seasons. A timeless item can help reduce clutter by not having to store it as the seasons change. 
By simply adding a few small embellishments a decor item like this wall art mirror can completely freshen up your space made perfect with a complete new look.  

Below we have placed a short video snippet on this step by step process. ~ENJOY~