Product Care

As Bholu products are all handmade, they need special love and attention to keep them looking their absolute best for as long as possible. As all Bholu products are hand embroidered with single, delicate thread, great care must be taken with cleaning and use. Read below to find our recommendations in how to care for and look after your Bholu products. If there is still something you want to ask us, which we haven’t answered, email us here.

If you know what you are looking for, click straight through to Textile, Rugs or Wallpaper for all the product care information.

Textiles

Bholu cushions, throws and creatures are hand made by artisans using the finest materials of wool and linen and all pieces are embellished with delicate hand embroidery.

If your Bholu products are cared for correctly as per our recommendation, you will get much enjoyment and longevity from them. Remember they are a hand crafted product and must be looked after accordingly.

Click straight through to Felt Textiles, Linen Textiles, Cotton Textiles, Cushion Inserts.

Felt Textiles

Bholu wool felt is made especially for us from 85% Pure Australian Wool and 15% Acrylic. In the weaving of the wool felt, the acrylic is added to act as a binder, which helps the strength and longevity of the fabric. Products without this will easily stretch and lose their shape. Do not put in the washing machine and never attempt to handwash or submerge in hot/warm water.

All Bholu felt products are dry clean only. Wool is a natural fibre and repels dirt and water by itself. This is one of the great advantages of the fabric.

Therefore your felt product will naturally repel dirt and water and will need minimal cleaning.

To spot clean just use a damp cloth to sponge the stained area. The calendaring prevents any deep staining as it is a form of oil coating and also stops the fabric pilling.

Linen Textiles

Bholu linen products are woven from 100% linen and is hand washable in cold water. We recommend dry cleaning to keep it looking its best and to keep the hand embroidery in tact.

Washing is recommended because the more linen is washed, the softer, more absorbent and more luminous it becomes. One can use either hand or machine washing, but observe the following points:

Drying methods are recommended for linen

We recommend drying them on a flat surface so no peg marks are left in the products. Whatever method you use, bring the linen in while it is still damp. If linen dries thoroughly, it may become brittle, taking several hours to recover its natural moisture and flexibility. Don’t ever wring wet or damp linen cushion covers or throws before drying, it breaks the fibers and will stretch and loosen the embroidery.

Ironing is often optional when dried flat. Ironing linen is a great deal easier if you do it when the linen is damp. And if linen is removed from drying while still damp and ironed immediately, it is easier still.

When ironing embroidered linen, keep the embroidery stitches rounded and dimensional by pressing item on the wrong side atop a soft towel. Use a press cloth to safeguard delicate hand embroidery. A press cloth also helps to avoid press marks over seams and zips. Heavier weaves of the linen may need a slightly higher temperature setting. Linen can withstand the highest temperature setting on your iron, but test an inconspicuous corner first.

Cotton Textiles

Bholu cotton bed sheets and baby wraps are suitable to wash in warm water in a gentle washine machine cycle. All threads are colour fast

Cushion Inserts

Bholu cushion inserts are made from 80% feather and 20% Microlon. The feather gives it a great weight and softness and the microlon helps it spring back into shape. Make sure you fluff up your cushions, as feather needs to be fluffed up occasionally otherwise it will stay flat! Every now and then take the insert out of the cover and give it an airing in the sun just like you would you bed pillow or duvet/quilt.

Rugs

Bholu rugs are hand made by artisans using the finest materials. New Zealand wool is recognized for its strength, luster and hardwearing properties. The following is a guide to ensure you retain the beauty of your rug for as long as possible.

All woollen rugs shed and have a “settling down” period, which will be hastened by regular vacuuming. Woollen rugs can shed for 3 months to a year, it all depends on the qualities of the particular yarn which has been used for your rug. Although we are providing the best quality NZ Wool yarn, each rug is slightly different as it is all made from natural fibers. Darker colours will appear to shed more. Don’t be alarmed by this, it perfectly normal. If your rug has just arrived and has some “uneven bubbly” parts from the way it was packaged or transported, it will settle down after a few days. If you would like to hasten this process, turn the rug over, spray a light mist of water on the back of the bubbled areas and apply some weights to it and let dry.

Vacuuming regularly and thoroughly with a good quality vacuum cleaner will go a long way to retaining the appearance of your rug. Vacuum your rug regularly with the rotor brush turned off to prevent extra fluffing. When it comes to keeping your rug looking good and hygienically clean, you can never over vacuum. Vacuum at least once a week to remove soil and dirt before it becomes embedded in the base of the rug. Empty your vacuum cleaner regularly to ensure your vacuum doesn’t lose suction. If any extra fluff from the white loop lines appears, just trim back with a pair of scissors.

Professional cleaning once every one to two years will do wonders to revitalize your rug and keep it hygienically clean. It is an essential step in looking after your rug and a significant factor in ensuring your rug lasts longer. The two most important things to remember when organising professional cleaning are:

1. Don’t wait until your rug looks dirty before professional cleaning. By then, it could be too late.

2. Only use a qualified professional.

Stains are best prevented by acting quickly when spills occur. Blot liquids with paper towel or absorbent cloth. For water-based stains that require more than diluting the spill with minimal water and blotting, use a weak solution of mild detergent (eg. wool-care) or carpet shampoo.  Be sure to “rinse” out the detergent with water – blotting up all excess liquid once stain has been removed. Do not rub or saturate the rug. For oily or greasy stains use a dry-cleaning solvent, methylated spirits, or an aerosol carpet stain remover. For unusual stains and spills we recommend contacting a professional rug cleaner.

Wool has natural elasticity, so it stands up to everyday wear and tear and resists unsightly crushing from furniture. Wool fibre’s natural coating prevents penetration by water-based liquids. This is especially beneficial, because around 80% of household spills are water-based.

We do not recommend Scotch Guarding your rug, as wool has natural soiling repellence qualities and it will make the surface of your rug sticky, which will in turn attract more dirt.

Never fold you rug for storage or put in an airtight bag. Avoid direct and continuous exposure to sunlight. Rotate the rug periodically to promote even wear. If a corner or part of your rug becomes squashed due to high wear or a furniture imprint, spray a light mist of water over the area, push back into shape and let dry.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have a concern about the performance of your rug or a question about any of the above. Please also contact us for a list of recommended cleaning professionals we prefer to use.

If this product is cared for correctly as per our recommendation, you will get much enjoyment and longevity from your new Bholu rug.

Wallpaper

Bholu wallpaper is a collection developed in collaboration with Porters Paints. Please find below their recommendations, application and care for the wallpaper installation and upkeep.

Suitable Substrates

Location: Interior : Most interior surfaces including set plaster and plasterboard, MDF and most smooth interior surfaces.

Surface Preparation To ensure consistency of colour and pattern check each roll of wallpaper and make certain that all rolls are the same batch number. Walls should be prepared, clean, dry and smooth. Fill any cracks or nails holes, remove loose paint or plaster and repair. All walls should either be painted or have a glue size applied to enable slipping and avoid paste being absorbed (paper may not adhere if this occurs) prior to pasting.
Application Pasting Paper
Step 1: With a utility knife cut a length of paper about 10cm longer than the wall, although with a large repeating pattern you may have to cut longer pieces to ensure the pattern matches up.
Step 2: Apply an even coat of paste over entire back surface of paper, ensuring edges are well pasted. Avoid getting paste on the front surface. Fold each end of the paper to meet in the middle (a process called “booking”) then allow it to relax. It may take between 5 to 15 mins to soften depending on air temperature. Do not overlap the paper.
Hanging Paper
Step 1: To ensure that paper is hung level, always check to find the most level area to start papering. Use a spirit or a plum bob to find a straight start point.
Step 2: Smooth paper from centre to edge with a smoothing brush to remove bubbles.
Step 3: Trim top and bottom using a sharp utility knife. Use a straight edge as a guide.
Step 4: Continue as above with next piece. After Step 3, roll each seam with a seam roller, taking care not to squeeze out the paste. Using a damp cloth with clean water, wipe off any paste on the surface of the paper.


Application Conditions
Do not apply in high humidity, below 10°c or above 30°c or when temperatures below 10°c are expected within the next 4 hours.
Storage Store in a cool dry area, protected from moisture.
Safety Apply in a well ventilated area.

Cleaning All Porters Paints Wallpapers are varnished so as wipe able for any stains or marks.

If your Bholu wallpaper is prepared and applied correctly as per our recommendation, you will get much enjoyment and longevity from the wallpaper for many years to come.

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