Woven from the fibers of the flax plant, it gives a earthy breezy look but is still able to look tailored. It is soft and smooth to the touch, breathable yet strong than it looks.It is always best to hang as soon as possible to avoid creasing. But a quick iron should solve the problem. Achieve a casual creased look by lightly air drying without ironing or a more tailored look post ironing. It is a excellent choice for those who like the “puddled” look. We recommend dry cleaning and taking into account fabric shrinkage in the first wash.
If you want to protect linen or cotton curtains from fading, then you will need to get a lining fitted to them – which offsets some of the benefits of the fabric – such as how lightweight it is!
A versatile choice, cottons are popular because they are light and breathable. Also, they provide a crisp yet elegant feel to your living spaces. They are comparatively easy to care for, but they are more susceptible to fading over time if they are exposed to direct sunlight. If fitted with a lining, cotton curtains will last you a long long time.
Silk curtains are incredibly luxurious. Relatively thinner, they tend to let more light through and have an airy, vibrant appearance. You can get lined silk curtains that have a lovely, glossy look to them, but that still offer good light insulation. Silk curtains that are unlined will fade rapidly, but when lined they can be quite hard wearing. They are, however, also quite expensive and they require effort to maintain as silk does not tolerate detergents well.
Polyester is a good compromise between nylon and thicker natural fabrics. Even tightly woven, it is still very light weight. Polyester curtains do not tend to fade the way that other natural fabrics do, and they are usually machine washable. They can be lined to make them heavier and to block out even more light, and they are generally quite stain resistant too. Being stronger and more resistant to chemicals, they have a much longer product lifecycle meaning they have to be replace less frequently. Being recyclable, it also requires less water and less energy to dry as compared to other fibers
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All rugs will shed initially due to the finishing process. These remanent loose fibers will be shed with sufficient foot traffic.
Develop a routine to protect your investment and keep it looking good longer.
- Regular vacuuming with more frequency in high foot traffic areas according to a vacuuming schedule.
- Clean spots and spills regularly with products that do not damage the rug or cause it to recoil quicker. Clean effectively and maintain longevity by following cleaning product instructions.
- Professionally deep clean your rugs every 12 to 18 months to remove embedded dirt and grime.
- Use mats, removing your shoes entering the house, and regularly changing your air filters to reduce airborne particles are part of an effective housekeeping strategy.
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Our Kalkpaint is a lime-based product and its main characteristics are the different shades of colour with its matte texture and superb depth. We produce and sell our Kalkpaint in powder-form which makes our products even more eco-friendly. Our Kalkpaint is VOC-free and does not contain any film-forming plastics. None of the pigments (mineral- or oxides) used in our production are dangerous, however, the Lime used in our production is highly alkaline and has a pH level of 12. While drying on the wall only water will evaporate so no harm there, and after drying our Kalkpaint is harmless. The Kalkpaint is packed in 1 kg bags. You need only add 1.7 liters of water to 1 kg of the Kalkpaint powder, stir it very well and then you have about 2 liters of freshly made paint which covers approx. 8 m2 in two layers (this always depends on how the surface is absorbing the Kalkpaint). Our smaller Kalkpaint bags contain 250gr. of powder and need to be mixed with 425ml of water, one small bag will cover ca. 2 m2 in two layers.
1) Kalklitir’s Kalkpaint can be used directly on surfaces that are painted with matt or semi-matt water-based paint as well as on unpainted surfaces such as concrete, gips, plaster, wood etc. Walls do need to be clean and free of dust, grease etc. When using Kalkpaint on surfaces that have already been painted with oil paint or lacquered surfaces or if you have plaster on parts of walls (like on joints or if you have fixed some holes etc.) you have to apply water-based acrylic primer before you start as the paint will not bond with oil-based surfaces and plaster will absorb differently so you want to prevent discolouration.
2) Before applying the Kalkpaint, all surfaces should be properly dry and clean and free from dust, grease. All holes and cracks should be fixed, as usual, using proper material, and make sure that all repairs have dried completely before painting (please follow instructions from the individual producer), if walls need to be fixed before you paint, you will need to apply one layer or primer to prevent discolouration, or you will need to do more layers of the Kalkpaint until you have even absorption. *It is a good rule to apply water-based acrylic primer on top of grease, fixed holes and cracks, glossy paint, wallpaper etc. in order to avoid any discolouration, and also good to use sandpaper to even out and erase spots.
3) If you have more than one type of surface material on the same wall (like plaster and paint etc) you need to first paint one layer of water-based acrylic primer (must be free of Alkyd) to prevent discolouration. Have in mind that different materials will absorb the paint differently, causing both the colour outcome to vary and also the coverage of the paint can be different.
4) Use a brush, paint either up and down or in X-strokes. Starting in the corner top of the wall, painting towards the floor, covering roughly 50-70cm each time is normally a good way to paint a wall. The colour will look darker when wet and will dry up lighter, normally in few hours, once dry (and lighter) you can paint the next layer (normally within 3-4 hours, depending on the humidity in the room). There is no right or wrong outcome and that you are working with natural material and the final outcome may vary depending on your method.
*Best is always to use a good quality lime-brush like our brushes that are made especially for Kalklitir (instead of rollers) as they have extra-long hair to get the more smooth outcome.
5) Make sure to stir well in the bucket both before you start and also from time to time through the whole process to prevent pigments to fall to the bottom and cause discolouration.
6) Always paint your wall in one go to prevent overlapping and edges to dry out. Never try and fix spots or other areas on parts of the wall once you have painted and/or the paint is starting to dry out as that will result in a patchy looking wall.
7) It is very important to avoid any water coming in contact with a freshly painted wall for at least 72 hours (if in contact with water in the first 72 hours, it will leave white spots on the wall).
8) Kalkpaint will normally dry in few hours but it will take few days and up to a few weeks for it fully harden, depending on the intensity of the colour and humidity in the room. Natural paint like Kalkpaint needs air to fully harden and it can be good to raise the temperature in the room in order to help speed up the hardening time.
9) Once you have mixed the powder with water, it can be kept for one year in an airtight container. But in powder form, it can be kept for years.
Our Kalkpaint can be used directly on most indoor surfaces, provided that the surface is stable and not flaking, is free of dirt, grease, and soluble salts and is absorbing the Kalkpaint well, such as cement, brick, wood, plasterboard as well as surfaces that have already been painted with water based paint or acrylic primer (that is free of Alkyd).
Prepare your surfaces as you would for conventional paint, clean, dust, fix holes etc. and use acrylic based primer where needed, (on spartl etc) to prevent any discolouration.
When using Kalkpaint on un-even or embossed surfaces the matte texture of the Kalkpaint will not mask any imperfections or variations in the underlying surface. They will not disappear, and may even become more visible.
Kalkpaint is not suitable onto permanently damp areas or where you have constant water (like in showers etc) but it can be used on walls and ceiling in bathrooms, though we do recommend avoiding arias like around sinks, in shower etc. and in kitchens around sink and cooking arias as oil/grease will leave dark stains and some food can leave coloured stains.
Note: It is very important to always allow all preparational materials to dry completely, before applying acrylic based primer, in order to prevent discolouration of the Kalkpaint, and also to let primer dry completely before starting to apply the Kalkpaint.
In the production of our Kalk paint we use powder colour pigments. The pigments used are beautiful mineral pigments that do not contain lead nor cadmium. It is important for us that our product does not harm the environment during manufacturing and disposal/use.
Unfortunately, we do not offer painting services.
However, we do have partner contractors to do it for you! Contact us to find out more.