FloorCloths by Andrew Bulloch
A floorcloth is a piece of artwork you can walk on and is extremely well suited over any hard surface ( concrete, wood floors, linoleum, & tile ). Don't use on deep pile carpet, as cracking can occur. Floorcloths are a great alternative to area rugs, given the fact they are very durable and effortless to clean. Furthermore, they don't attract dust, dander or insects making them very hypoallergenic. Unlike area rugs, floorcloths can be custom made to fit your space, as well as your personal décor and color. Although, a floorcloth is very captivating; it also serves a functional use, by protecting the surface they cover. They can be placed under dining room tables or coffee tables, in the entryway & hallway, in the kitchen either in front of the sink or stove, almost anywhere you would like to add a splash of color or a handcrafted work of art. Floorcloths have also been known to be used as wall hangings, table covers & placemats.
Several things should be considered to properly care for your cloth. Never fold or bend a floorcloth. Do not leave your floorcloth exposed to the weather or sitting in water. While each cloth is water resistant, they're not waterproof! When deciding placement of your floorcloth make sure the area is clean & free of debris. Vacuuming & damp mopping the area is recommended first, once dry lay your floorcloth in its new home. A floorcloth over time, will mold itself to any unevenness in the surface, such as grout joints in tile or planks in wood floors. Therefore, I recommend the use of a non-skid rubber pad, cut slightly smaller than the cloth. This not only reduces indents but keeps the floorcloth from migrating across the floor. If necessary, the cloth may be secured to the floor using double-sided carpet tape. If furniture is to be placed on a floorcloth a non-skid rubber pad is not needed, but make sure the legs of any furniture have protective glides or felt pads.
Regular cleaning of your floorcloth will increase its longevity. You will be amazed on how easily your floorcloth cleans with only mild soap and a damp sponge. First, sweep or vacuum (with a soft bristle attachment), don't forget to get under the edges to remove any debris. Next, using a soft sponge or mop, wash the floorcloth, for set-in stains use a mixture of water & vinegar (50/50). Avoid heavy duty cleaners, ammonia-based cleaners & oil soaps (such as Murphy's Oil Soap); as they can leave a sticky film. Never use an abrasive cleaner with grit, as this may possibly effect the seal coats and damage the painting. Finally, make sure to rinse the cloth with clean water & towel dry. I recommend that you re-wax with a clear paste wax every three months after cleaning. This will revitalize the color and protect the floorcloths surface, thus making it easier to clean. Always follow the manufacturer's instructions for applying and buffing wax.
Ideally, a floorcloth is best suited being in a flat position. Should a floorcloth need to be moved, shipped, or stored for any reason, they can be rolled painted side facing out, around a cardboard or plastic tube with a 6" diameter (see fig. 1). Make sure the tube extends 2 to 4 inches beyond the end of the cloth to help prevent bending the edges. Again...Never bend or fold a floorcloth as this can cause cracks or leave a permanent crease. An easy way to secure the cloth after rolling it is to wrap it with kitchen plastic wrap. In cold weather a floorcloth may become stiff; yet once it warms up, it will relax and become flexible again. Therefore, it is recommended to allow 24 hours for a rolled cloth to room temperature before unrolling. Once unrolled & in placement of its new home allow it to flatten out naturally.